Fall is in the air and I love it. Our weather man said he thinks we are done with the humidity and the upper 90′s temps. I am so thankful for that. Just like spring, minus the bugs. YAY! I have been telling myself all year that this fall is going to be the start of our Curb Appeal project, and let me tell you, we need some. Well maybe not some, we need A LOT! I’m sorry to my neighbors that have to look at our house everyday. BLECK! My husband does a great job with the grass but neither one of us can ever find the time ( or the want to) to finish the beds, paint the house, replace the shutters, etc. etc…. I am telling you all this because for me, this is accountability! If I tell you I am going to do it, I want to follow through. ( unlike the layered paint video I have been promising but I swear that is not my fault:) I am going to be a little vulnerable with you here and show you my before pictures of the house before we get started.
Yes, those are plastic shutters. Oh my heavens, I can’t believe I am admitting that and I can’t believe I actually installed those 9 years ago. They were cheap and easy to do and I did’t know any better. That’s my excuse anyway. My sweet husband pulled them all off for me yesterday, the ones that were still attached. We lost a few in some intense storms and never replaced them. Lovely I know.
I am glad to see these go. I think no shutters at all is better than plastic shutters. Ew. Not only were they filthy but they had hundreds of dirt dobber nests under them. Many of the nests are still attached to the brick but that will all be cleaned once we pressure wash this weekend.
It is also about time to get rid of the wrought iron. I do love the pattern and I am hoping to get it cut up and maybe welded into a few lamps. It has so many layers of paint on it which I think is somewhat beautiful, but certainly not on the railings of the front of the house. Now it just looks like I have not taken care of things. Once this all comes off, some decorative support columns will go up and will be stained to match our deck.
You can tell from the above picture that the previous home owner did not take care of the brick while painting trim. There is white paint all over my brick and I can’t get it off. The brick is also a bit “orangey” and I don’t love that. We will be painting it a neutral color. I have to leave the white windows and the vinyl eaves that I don’t care for, but this has to be budget friendly and I can’t afford to replace these things.
So here is my question to you. Do any of you know a pretty neutral exterior color, preferably Benjamin Moore, that would look great on my brick? Keep in mind that I will have white trim, stained board and batton shutters as well as support columns and I would like to paint my front door a color. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! I hope to have a lot of curb appeal with little investment by the start of winter. We shall see.