We had a nice weekend of weather so we took advantage of it and did a little makeover on the front of our house. We’ve been here 3 years now and the house was so plain, so this makeover was long overdue. First, a bit of history, as you know, we bought the county welfare farm, also known as the Poor Farm back in the day, and this place still looked a “tad poor”. The other buildings on the propety are rock, and I’m sure our house was too in the beginning. The front of the house has a “break’ about 3/4 ways up, a false wall ( covering the rock) for the siding. I hate vinyl siding! The trim around the house is a dark brown, so we painted that false wall/siding a coffee brown. Yes, you can paint vinyl siding, you just need a certain paint, it has to be 100% Acrylic Latex Enamel . Always start with a clean surface so we washed the siding the day before we painted.
Next came the posts holding up the porch, we bought 1×6’s and boxed in the skinny poles that probably been standing since day one. They did the trick, but just looked odd, way too small. I stained the posts and shutters to match. The shutters are a cheap fix to add some detail on the front. We used dog earred fence posts, just $1.49 each, we used 18 to make all four shutters (pictured) for a total of $18. I did sand them but they are treated if you want to let them age naturally. The iron stars were bought from a local bushiness, and I painted them black. The whole front porch makeover including paint, stain and stars plus the lumber comes in at $176 and our labor of love. I’m in love with the front porch! It makes the house look a bit modern and happy!
To say paint can change a room, it can also change a house! Next project is a new roof and our home will be up to date and a safe haven for all the future projects in mind. We must take care of our homes, they shelter us!