We live in a house built in the 1980’s. It’s not my dream house, but it has become my dream home. Recently we have FINALLY (because we have been here almost 10 years) done some much needed exterior updates on our two story traditional.
I guess I should have included a full shot, but we have a long front porch (which needs to be repainted). The door is smack in the center, and flanked by double windows on either end of the porch. When we moved in the door was white, and the lights were… horrible and falling apart, but working.
So to update the front entrance and curb appeal we made these improvements:
DOOR: Painted the door dark blue. We have shutters, and we painted those this color as well. If you are going to paint your door— buy good exterior paint. Then when a bird nests in your wreath, you can easily clean up the mess. (aren’t baby birds supposed to be cute?) I’m thinking a kick plate might be in order. Let me know what you think. Also, we are going to add house numbers, after the new paint (see below).
DOOR KNOB: Until I can purchase a new door knob, I sprayed it with Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. (Chosen over other options because it had least amount of sparkle) It’s holding up ok, but not perfect. It’s not easy to use (before the paint) and just needs to be replaced with a new knob set. Find out how to paint your door knobs here.
LIGHTING: This 1980’s traditional house gave me a run for my money on new outdoor lighting. At one point I had like 20 windows open of light options, and as many searches going for what other people did with their 1980’s house with the original lights needed to be buried.
We need 5 lights total to go across the front of the house. Lighting is so expensive, and needing 5 lights shut the door to a lot of fun options for us. We stumbled upon these, ON SALE, and really love them. I say stumbled, but what I really mean is, we were right where we needed to be to receive our blessing, we just didn’t know it was there.
They have sensors and I have them set to go on at dusk, and off at dawn, so I never have to remember to hit the switch anymore. We choose these exterior wall mounted lights because they matched the style of our two story 1980’s home, while not being overly traditional or too modern. The modern style doesn’t go with our two story house’s architectural style, but the traditional could have, it just wasn’t our preference. They are copper colored inside, and give a warm glow when they are on. It’s so fun to drive down the street at night and see our warm home now.
ACCENTS: Left planter is a vintage milk crate from a dairy in St. Louis (gifted to me by my MIL who knows just how to make me smile.)
Right planter is from IKEA. One of our first home purchases, but I see planters like this everywhere these days. Personally I liked the mix up of planters, adds character, but matchy matchy is great too. Make yourself happy with your choice- that’s what counts.
Door mat is from Tuesday Morning. I love a cecil rug. Seems classic for a front door. We used to have a plain one, no print, from IKEA. It served it’s time and needed to be retired.
Wreath- this was a red berry wreath I used for Christmas for a while. The birds thought the berries were real and attacked them. Before tossing it, I decided to try to spray paint it white. It took a whole can of paint! I temporarily attach things, like these fake sunflowers from Walmart, with clothes pins or string, as the season changes, and that way I can keep one or two wreaths, saving space, and money. (At christmas I add ornaments. It’s cute. I’ll show you soon.)
Next up… scrape and repaint or stain the front porch, and…. PAINT THE HOUSE! Maybe you can all help me pick paint colors for the house soon. All our decisions thus far (from new roof to door color) have been based around painting the house a light grey. After binging on Fixer Upper, I am toying with the idea of painting the lower half a darker shade of grey than the top half. Crazy?
Spending my days making my house a home, Resa