You know how when you move into a new house and there are so many things you want to change but then time gets away from you and you start to get used to all the things that you could not stand and you just live with it forever? Well, that is what happened to us (ok, me) when it comes to the outside of our house. We did mulch the flower beds several times in the 8 years we have lived here but that was the extent of our outdoor home improvements.
But it was time for some updates. Here is what the house looked like on Saturday...
I never was a huge fan of the hunter green on the shutters and front door.
And these light fixtures were hideous!
Step 1: Enlist your parents to come help.
Step 2: Remove old shutters and power wash the house (thanks Dad!!)
Then let your toddler get disgusting dirty in the mud puddles...
Step 3: Power wash shutters and let them dry. Then prime and paint. We used Rustoleum Primer and then Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2X in dark grey gloss for the shutters.
Step 4: Put shutters back on the house.
Step 5: Weed, spray, lay down landscape fabric and mulch.
Step 6: Paint front door.
We removed the inner door and spray painted it with Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2X in Chestnut brown in gloss finish (2 cans).
Then sprayed the door frame with Rustoleum primer (1 can) and then Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2X white in gloss finish (1 1/2 cans).
Step 7: Change out old, lame light fixtures with new, motion sensor ones. I got these at Menards for $40 a pair, score!!
Step 9: Install tire swing.
Step 9: Stand back and admire your "new" house!!
I am so impressed! We did this in 1 1/2 days, 3 trips to the hardware store and 2 beer runs.
Oh, and my Dad fixed the bottom left side of the garage door that was falling off, too.
I think we need to have a party.