I’m sitting at the kitchen table typing this with a container full of cherries next to me. I can’t stop munching. I tell myself “just one more” and then I tell myself that five more times. Somehow the container of cherries has dwindled to half. I digress. Here is what happened here this weekend. The rest of the shutters went up! (Click HERE to read about how we made the shutters for under $20 a shutter.)
Let me just refresh your memory on what the house looked like the day we bought it:
How is it that some 12 inch boards on each side of the window can make such a difference? We had three shutters on the house for a few days before AJ had time to make the last set. And before he made the last set I had to do a little more house painting around Drew’s window… we hadn’t finished that area because I knew that a new window was going in (at the beginning of June) so on Saturday I finished painting the area, while standing on the porch roof, so AJ could hang the last set of shutters once all the paint was dried.
The paint we used for the shutters was the same paint we used for our front door, Behr Marquee Exterior in Club Navy. This paint is incredible. I felt like after I started using Country Chic Paint on my furniture makeovers that I was ruined for all other paint. No. Thank goodness I found an exterior paint that glides on just beautifully.
Don’t you think the outside looks so much more finished and polished with the shutters?
You’re probably going to think I’m crazy but while walking around the front of the house with Elle the other day I almost started tearing up. Since we bought this house so much has happened. Aside from the crazy life-altering events like having two kids we’ve renovated our house so it works beautifully for us (at least most of the time!). I think I started to almost cry because I saw a vision four and a half years in the making come true. But it was better than we even envisioned when we bought the house. Back in February 2010 we weren’t even thinking about a front porch, just a new entryway that wouldn’t fall on our heads.
I love that we didn’t have the money to do the renovations all at once… we wouldn’t have been able to have thought and processed about exactly what we wanted like we were able to after waiting four years.
Now I’m itching to get the shutters done on the other side of the house. All the windows are replaced over here so it’ll be the natural next step.
What do you think of the shutters?
If you want to make your own HERE is the very easy tutorial I wrote on how we made ours: