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Easy Exterior Upgrades

August 8, 2012

When we purchased our home in 2009, it was light blue with maroon shutters. Not bad, not great.

However, we always agreed that the house would look so much better with black shutters.

So after three years of talking about it we finally broke out the spray paint and got to work on the shutters.

We opted to use Valspar black spray paint in a satin finish. We needed about 8 cans of spray paint total for a grand total of $32.00 in supplies. Not bad!

As with most home projects we tackle, removing he shutters wasn’t quite as easy as we anticipated. The plastic screws that were used to keep them in place clearly were meant to remain put. So the hubby had to improvise and actually spray painted the shutters while they were still on the house! Yes you read that right. I am sure you are probably thinking the same thing as I was when he told me what he was going to do.  However, he created an apparatus using big pieces of poster board that fit right behind the shutters.  It actually ended up working much better than we expected.

We are pretty happy with the final results. The black looks so much better against the greyish-blue siding.

We also like how the black shutters look against the red brick. The black also ties in nicely with the light fixtures on the outside of the house.

While we were doing some upgrading outside, I also did a quick and easy DIY project to address the fact that it was very difficult to see our house number.

While I was at Michael’s a few weeks ago I found this cute little black chalkboard for $2.50. I thought it would work great to sport our house number on our light post.

I simply found a number “2” template online (I ended up using one I found on the Lowe’s Creative Ideas website) and used white acrylic paint to paint the number.

I also purchased a $2.00 bar at Lowe’s to go through the light post to hang my sign.

My next project will be to spray paint the faded light post black as well as the new bar I bought.

So there you have it. A few little outdoor updates for less than $40.00.  Have a great day and thanks for reading.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2012 7:36 am

    it looks awesome!! and im sure not removing the shutters saved a TON of time! You should paint your front door an apple red for a pop of color! I bet it would look awesome with the brick. Love the number 2 too!

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