So, guess what? I was recently asked to have my home featured in our city's Christmas home tour this year! Yes, my little humble home. So, I agreed, as long as we can put a "do not enter" on the boys' bedroom door. ;)
I was asked to submit a photo of the exterior of the home for the tour, and realized I have never shown you the outside of my house, and what I did with it after we moved in. As you well know, I only decorate and remodel on a very tight budget. When we bought this house six years ago, we had just relocated from Michigan where we were enjoying a brand new, custom built home. We were very sad to leave it, especially as the housing market began to tank. So with two mortgages for an extended period of time, I knew I could do little else to update the 1980's colonial except with a little paint and elbow grease.
We pulled out some trees and bushes. The neighbors would see me out there with the bow saw sitting down as I sawed away at the bases of the overgrown juniper bushes. It was me against those bushes, and I won! (Granted it took a few days).
I took a kitchen chair outside, and with one of my small artists' paint brushes, I painstakingly and meticulously painted those red shutters black. I didn't even take them off the house! I was lucky I didn't spill any paint on the brick. My husband took the upper shutters off, and I painted them in the basement. I painted the front door black, and the moulding around it white. Eventually, I used my birthday money to replace the two light fixtures next to the front door. I put identical white linen curtains in all the windows (clearance from the back of a Pottery Barn outlet store before we moved. I knew I could make them work somehow because they were such a good deal!) I dug up plants and flowers from the backyard, and moved them to the front.
You may remember this post, where I added wrought iron details above the lower windows. For $25 a piece, I brought them home in my suitcase from Utah (barely making the weight limit), painted them black, and displayed them above the windows.
And to add a little more character with little money, I created this monogrammed pendant that you can read all about in this post. I even painted those light fixtures black with my little artist brush since they were brown before. But I liked the style and shape, and they were a good deal at Home Depot.
So, now you finally see my house and how