So, we have officially been in our house for one year this month! This year has flown by so quickly! The whole decision to move from NYC and settle in a rural community nearby was a quick one. We decided to make the change in January and by May we had moved in!
In all honesty, I did not even want to view our house when we first went out with our realtor. The bushes were overgrown (um…still are), it is a mustard yellow color, and it’s navy blue shutters just turned me OFF. In other words, it did not have curb appeal.
Our realtor insisted we should just see the backyard and we would change our minds. She was RIGHT! We love our backyard. Our house is in a village near other neighbors, stores, and parks, and still has a quiet and tree filled half acre of land. Deer, squirrel, rabbits, geese, various birds, and bears go through our property on a daily basis. Eloise can pick strawberries and raspberries. Nature and wildlife is something I always loved experiencing with my siblings growing up and I’m excited for my daughters to do the same. While we miss city life, it is refreshing and inspiring to wake up to the fresh air of the Warwick valley.
But, no matter how stellar the backyard is, it still doesn’t change the fact that the house is not appealing from the outside. We decided to give ourselves some time to settle in this past year, change up some paint colors on the interior, oh and have a BABY! Now we are ready to take on the this exterior project!
I am excited because I love painting. I love DIY and being able to look at the finished project and say, “Wow, I did that!” Ryan on the other hand, feels the opposite. He would rather pay someone to do all of the work, any type of “fix-it” or “remodel-it” is not for him. Currently we are on a budget and will need to do all of the work ourselves. Buying a house is not without fees, bills, and extra money spent. Because of this, we have mapped out our budget and materials at Lowe’s Home Improvement and are doing this project for $1k, hopefully less.
Here is what we plan on doing:
First – Remove those UGLY blue shutters
Second – Paint the house – color is still undecided so here’s where you come in! I need your help and opinions on which color we should choose! Our choices are in the Pinterest pins below. Once you read and decide, please comment to let me know. I value your opinion and would love to get some feedback before going ahead with a color. Painting a house is a big investment and we want to make sure we love the color!
Third – thicken and re-shape the two porch columns. We plan on purchasing a kit which creates a wider shape column, along with stone slabs to be added to the bottom portion of the bases. See second Pinterest pin below.
Fourth – Paint the floor of the porch a white color to match the columns
Fifth – Add some simple and cottage style porch banisters and railings. See Pinterest pin below.
Sixth – Add thick and more decorative white window frames to the 4 main windows on the front face of the house. Since the front door of the house is in a bit of an awkward spot off to the side (and we’re not making any large structural changes right now) the main living room window is the visual focal point of the house. I really want this window to pop.
Seventh – Trim, chop, replant several bushes in front of the house, allowing for the exterior changes to be seen from the “curb.” Currently, our bushes and ferns are overgrown, blocking the view of the porch and house. Ryan and I know NOTHING about landscaping, so who knows how it will turn out?! We do have some really great neighbors that are constantly landscaping and gardening that have offered to give us some advice. So thankful for the amazing people we live amongst!
Eighth – Install a porch swing on the far left side of the porch. We have a beautiful brown wicker porch swing that was gifted to us by my aunt and uncle that we are all super excited to swing on!
Ninth – Paint the front door – some light color that accompanies the main exterior color we end up choosing.
Tenth – Sit back and enjoy! We are set to begin this project at the end of May. We are doing EVERYTHING ourselves, so we expect to be working on this ALL summer. Estimated Time of Completion: sometime in August. It will be hard work and surely difficult with the girls around, but I feel like it will pay off! Fingers crossed that Ryan and I are still married at the end of this! 😉