Before and after: A little coat of paint

Over the past few months we’ve made some changes to the exterior of our house. It’s not finished, and I’m not sure it ever will be, but it’s substantial enough that I wanted to show  you what we’ve done.

NO MORE AWNINGS. Look at the moss on that thing! Gross. Unless it’s the desert or a  sleeping room I’ll never understand why people want less light.

This is what was under the awning. This had once been a tall doorway with a transom window but they shortened the inside and outside walls leaving a cube of empty space inside the wall above the door.

Our good friends at Giant Squid Construction built up the doorframe and made custom mouldings to match the windows on the side of the house. We opted to move the light and replaced it with a brass-and-acorn-shade fixture from Omega Too.

You can see the outline in the paint where the moulding used to be. There’s also some kind of applique design (I’m guessing from the 40s/50s) directly above the window that’s been painted over.

With these repairs and a much-needed paint job it was a relatively cheap and dirty facelift, but I think it makes a huge difference. Next up:  Gable decoration? A little fretwork above the door?

How would you restore this simple little house in a victorian style?

Category(s): Before and after
  • http://twitter.com/CandyFromABaby Candy

    Beautiful!!!  Wow.  I want to live there ;-) 

  • http://twitter.com/CandyFromABaby Candy

    Beautiful!  I’m impressed….You said ‘cheap and dirty” and all I see is stunning!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks so much! We had a lot of help. 

  • Shrncffn

    Great job !!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you!

  • Clara

    Your place really does look like a whole new house.  The color looks amazing – SOOOOOOOOOO much better than the dirty beige it was.   I can’t wait to see it in person.  

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! Clara, would you leave it like this or add something else?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much! We had a lot of help. Would you leave it like this or add something?

  • Heather

    Looks absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to get mine painted. 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Heather! Be sure and show pictures when you get yours done.

  • Heidi

    How wonderful!

  • tabitha

    I love it. Those awnings…. we’ve been in the market to buy for awhile and every time I see them I wonder what they were thinking? 

    • valree

      The awnings were so bad! Luckily they seem pretty easy to remove.

  • Jamie Bleichner

    That looks amazingly better!

  • silveryblu

    Great changes – I love the grey and white palette.

  • Kim Whitley-Gaynor

    It looks great! I love the wide mouldings. I’m a fan of plain. I’d maybe add a few corbels and that would be about it.