It’s been quite a while since my last post, but I thought this was a very nice modification. do not have I’ll post it here with a little more detailed description and images than I can share on Instagram. And if your summer plans include updating the front of your home, perhaps this can serve as a little inspiration to get that job done.
However, even though we have lived in our current house for over four years, the front of the house has been quite neglected since then. But in the years since we bought it, the front has only gotten worse and worse while we prioritized higher priorities, like an actual indoor living area and the backyard where we spent a lot of time. And yes, of course I’m completely embarrassed to see this photo.
And to be honest, I love our house. This is truly our dream property and we never would have imagined 10 years ago that we would have landed, but we wouldn’t have known if we had just walked by. In fact, every time I get home or pull up for a drive, my soul died a little. Sometimes I felt a terrible feeling of guilt when I saw my neighbor across the street meticulously maintaining his front yard and path.I often saw them painting windowsills, weeding, and, well, in general. good home owner I was looking after their property knowing that our house looked so shabby in comparison (even though I knew it looked much better inside!).
But the funny thing is, you never actually see the front door of your home. If that was something I stared at every day, I’m sure it would have been right up on the priority list, but hey, given that I live and work; internal Since it was inside the house and not outside, it was easy to ignore it… until it couldn’t be ignored anymore and on July weekend we vowed to settle it.
As a side note, this is actually the last part of the house that we haven’t done much with. All the other spaces, inside and out, had received at least a little attention (if not a full-blown makeover), so it was like, just for a little while, we hadn’t put our stamp on it yet.
So what was the problem, other than the fact that it was so neglected? It could have been a local haunted house. Well, the paint on the windows was peeling and dirty (my neighbor, who has lived on the street for decades, told me when we were working on the windows that the last time someone had done something to them) said it was at least 15 years ago). The bay window was an embarrassing eyesore with peeling paint.
The dark blue door was an odd foil to the reddish-orange brick. I’ve seen blue doors look great on red brick homes, but the color choice here wasn’t my thing. That made the whole front of the property look depressed and uninviting (and I’m sure part of that feeling was just because I didn’t like using blue in the house) , yes, we all have our own personal weirdness when it comes to color).
The lighting was also old-fashioned. Don’t get me wrong. This is his old Victorian house built in 1889, so it’s okay to make traditional choices sometimes, but I didn’t think they did anything for this house. Plus, they were really old and rusty and dirty, so they had to go.
The metal posts were rusted and sunburned, and the handrails were also peeling and rusty. Oh, and the ivy that I love around the front of the house was starting to get out of hand, growing all the way up to the stairs and allowing too many weeds to break through.
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So on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Platinum Jubilee Weekend (a four-day weekend celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne here in the UK), Wayne set to work filling in, priming, and painting the windows and roof tops. Bay and I ended up working on the door and porch. I’m sure Lizzie would have liked us to have a very long weekend instead of eating little sandwiches and scones and covering the house with Union Flag bunting.
The door itself was in relatively good condition and I didn’t want to spend any more than I had to, so I cleaned it with sugar soap and light sand and used Farrow & Boles exterior primer for wood and metal surfaces in bright areas. did. tone. The next day, he applied two coats of Farrow & Ball His Mizzle Exterior Wood & Metal Surface Paint, the same color he’s painting the kitchen cupboard doors. I liked it indoors, so why not try using it outdoors? Plus, I think it looks great when it ties together the color palette of the entire house. The backyard also has a lot of this pale sage green hue, so it all ties together.
I also used Brasso to polish the door hardware (I really liked the existing knocker and door handle, so there didn’t seem to be any point in replacing it), but unfortunately it was tough. I was recommended Bar Keeper’s Friend instead, so I’m going to try that and see if it calms down the areas I just can’t get rid of.
I used Ruskin’s black heat-resistant paint on both the outdoor barbecue and indoor fireplace, but I had a lot left over so I thought I’d use it on the mailbox and railing. Both were thoroughly scrubbed with a wire brush to remove any peeling paint or rust, lightly sanded, and then painted several times. Both are great, especially the mailbox, which looks like new. I couldn’t find anything to replace it without completely rewiring it, so I used this paint to touch up an existing doorbell (I think it’s pretty old), and I think it turned out pretty well.
Wayne also replaced the lights, so I chose Dunelm’s Voyager Outdoor Wall Lights. Considering I was considering some styles that were 2-3 times the price of these, it was an absolute bargain. I wish it had been real brass instead of just painted gold, but hey, I can ignore this for the sake of frugality and style. I’ll probably replace it with something more fancy at some point, but it still looks pretty nice. I was on a tight budget for this project, so I splurged on paint, so something else had to give. Anyway I’m happy with the compromise. It’s very cute and bright at night (it’s on the sensor) and looks great during the day, basically everything I wanted.
We also got a new house sign. The old sign looked similar to an old doorbell, but it was worn out and I didn’t really like it. I chose this design from House Signs Direct and I have to say I rather enjoy the juxtaposition of this traditional old house with a very modern sign. Made of acrylic, the gold-finished typography shines beautifully in the sunlight. For about 30 pounds I couldn’t have been more satisfied.
The windows are currently in a sorry state. Single-glazed wooden sashes that are over 100 years old are not an issue. However, we live in a protected area (i.e. they don’t allow too many changes, which is why the updates seem so minor), and if I replace these with “same thing” ones, then It costs somewhere in the area of . It’s about £2.5 million per bay (we have three at home), so yeah. Therefore, it has not been replaced yet. Once the rest of the house is sorted out, I’d like to do maybe one bay a year, but for now I’m just doing some sanding, licking Zinsser’s Peel Stop, and doing some repair work with various fillers. A fresh coat of white paint is sufficient. At this point. At least it looks much cleaner and more orderly.
The top of the window had a lot of discolored and peeling paint, so I just sanded it back, applied Peel Stop, and reapplied a few coats of Little Green Down Masonry Paint to make it look fresh and clean again. It was enough.
Finally, we added some beautiful finishing touches. Next’s Bloom Doormat blends in nicely with the climbing roses on the side of the house, which are currently in full bloom with some of the most deep red roses I’ve ever seen. I then added a fairly inexpensive wreath as a finishing touch to the freshly painted door.
We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of our work. Instead of the “haunted house of despair and sadness” we’ve been living with, this house has been brought out of the doldrums with a charming new look. It’s a shame that only the neighbors can really appreciate it. I need to make more excuses to go out so I have a reason to just stare at how beautiful everything is.