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This post has been a long time coming.  I’m so excited to share our exterior refresh with you today!  Let’s take a look at how our house started out and what we did to freshen things up.

I took this picture the day we moved in.  At first glance things look pretty nice.  The front siding is wood lap and the back and sides are vinyl board and batten.  I’ve never seen a house with a vinyl and wood mix.  Vinyl and brick, sure.  Wood and stucco, all the time.  But this mix perplexed me.  The wood needed painted and the vinyl wasn’t in the best of shape.

I wondered, “can you paint vinyl?”  Right away I heard a lot of nos.  But I was persistent in my search, and it turns out Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior fits the bill.  This premium performance paint is self priming which meant prep was faster and stands the test of time – so crucial when you’re dealing with an exterior.  Finding the right paint was easier than I expected, but the right color was a whole other ballgame.  From the first day we looked at it, I knew it should be white.  But which white?  There are more whites than any other color.

I searched extensively for the perfect shade.  Because we spend most of our time in the back I needed something that looked amazing in west-facing sunsets and wasn’t too blinding in them either.  The new vinyl fence we put in posed another issue.  Do we match it?  I wasn’t sure that I loved being forced into that color just to be satisfied with the two places those elements met.  I tried gobs and gobs of samples and so many were too creamy.  Or too stark.  I landed on Sherwin-Williams Moderne White, and it couldn’t be more perfect.  The undertones are a pinch of green/grey.  In the sun it looks pure white without needing to squint.  It’s warm, but not yellow.  I can’t recommend this color enough!  Ok, enough about the paint, let’s get to some before and afters, shall we?

The front feels so much cleaner!  I like how nice the brick looks and your eye is drawn to the dental moulding now that the colors are calm.  I really wanted to rework the portico and front door entirely, but tackling the exterior and the decks at one time was project enough.  Micah did appease me by getting rid of the sunburst in the arch when he was replacing some of the wood siding, and we added the most beautiful house numbers from Dropcap Studio.  I love the look of the scripted numbers you see on older homes, but I wanted a fresh approach that still felt traditional.

Dropcap Studio does completely custom numbers and letters.  I was able to choose the font, size, style and finish to suit my needs and wants.  They did a custom font for me using Trajan Pro.  And they make installation surprisingly easy!  These are aluminum, but they do acrylic in loads of colors, and all of their products are guaranteed for life.  Awesome when you’re dealing with anything outdoors.

Along with the fresh paint and numbers, we also updated the light fixtures.  What was there was very traditional in shape, but it had 80’s stained glass details (like the sidelights around our front door) that were dating them.  Craftmade has a wide range of lighting options, but I loved these classic, Straight Glass Cast post lights and Straight Glass Cast pendant.  They’ll never go out of style.

We also added this pole wrap to beef up our post light a bit more.

The south side houses our sunrooms and the windows look so much more calming enveloped in white.

The north side is really the only place you can see that the white isn’t stark white.  Around 6pm when I took these pictures the color really comes through on that side and there is a definite difference between the house and the fence.  It still looks beautiful to me though.  Oh, that stone?  Micah pulled it up from a McDonald’s he was renovating.  You don’t just put that kind of thing in a dumpster, right?  You’d be shocked what people throw away, remember our bedroom chandelier?  He’s hoping to build an outdoor fireplace with it.


Right behind the fence is an spot I turned into a little gardening area.  This potting bench is really affordable and I added a mirror I got off of Facebook Marketplace to dress it up a bit.  I love having a place to play in the dirt, it’s good for my soul.

I’m so happy with how things have turned out.  We hope to replace most of the landscaping this next year the white really makes the overgrowth apparent and someday rework the portico and front door to undate the house even more.  I know I didn’t show you the back of the house, but you’ll have to wait to see that when I reveal the decks the end of this week.  The transformation back there still blows me away!

Before someone asks, our neighbor’s company did the painting.  They do the best work, but unfortunately they are a commercial company and don’t typically do residential work.

*Thank you to my generous partners; Sherwin-Williams, Emtek, Craftmade, and Dropcap Studio for gifting product that made this project possible.  All selections, thoughts, and opinions are my own.


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