We’ve been putting blood, sweat, and tears into fixing up the Homestead, but nothing compared to what you are going to see today. Get prepared for a facelift transformation that will leave you speechless.
This is our homestead. This is how it looked when we first moved in four years ago, and how it has mostly looked since we’ve been here. It’s a 1962 split level with multiple additions that had been added prior to us moving in.
Here is a side view of the front of the property. The first thing we did when we moved was to trim a bunch of the trees and remove some of the overgrown bushes.
Next on the list was some more landscaping and working on the front garden. The front garden is west-facing and is good at growing weeds, but not so much flowers, so it’s been a lot of trial and error as to what works and doesn’t. Experiment. Fail. Experiment. Fail. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
This is the front of the house in “relatively” good condition, but then we noticed the portico was rotting and falling apart.
We updated the portico to be structurally sound and gave it a little paint. So far, so good, but we knew there was going to be more work down the road. And that day has come…
After – The Big Reveal
Welcome home! New paint, new shutters, new window boxes, new flower garden… it’s like an entirely new home.
We gave our Property Manager and Contractor, Chris and his crew, a list of summer projects for the homestead exterior, including new paint. I got a phone call at work, “so you aren’t shocked, we started painting today.” I called Hubby to tell him.
“We’re painting the house?” He asked quizzically.
“Yes. I thought we were in agreement?” I said/asked hesitantly.
“Oh yeah, i just didn’t realize it was going to be today.” Queue the nerves. It’s not like we went from painting it beige to beige. This was kind of a big transformation. I’ve had the color in my head forever, and briefed Hubby on everything… but….still…it’s a bit of a shock.
Hubby came home and the first words out of his mouth…. “I LOVE IT!!!!!”
We went with Benjamin Moore’s HC-159 Philipsburg Blue. But there was one problem…
I love Benjamin Moore paint. I have used it in several rooms around the home. But to paint the entire exterior of the house…. it’s a bit on the expensive side. So Chris took the swatch to Lowes and we got a Valspar match at $25 less a gallon. #howweroll #champagnetastebeerbudget #noonewillnoticethedifference #oursecretdonttell
We even added a new flag, just in time for Memorial Day.
Have you ever had a crush on a certain house color? I’ve had this look in my head from the day we moved in. With the red brick, I thought that a blue paint, along with black shutters, white trim, and our red door would really pop.
But I also wanted it to look intentional. Like it fits and was always supposed to look this way. We are all totally over the moon excited with how it turned out.
One Last Look – Before and After
It’s hard to tell with the sunlight in these pictures, but the ceiling of the portico is painted Haint Blue – an old Southern tradition to ward away the evil spirits and bugs.
Sometimes, a little dreaming, a lot of saving, and a lot of hard work finally pays off.
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Sooooo…… what do you think?
Love, hugs, and welcome home.
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