Hey guys! Happy Monday and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 🙂 Let’s talk about curb appeal! All too often we get suckered into the old cliche of judging a book by it’s cover. A lot of times we don’t mean to but it does tend to happen. Take me for instance, when I first saw this house I saw the outside and to me it looked very drab and it’s the only picture I saw of the outside so I actually ended up looking at this house last because I just felt MEHHH. Oh how wrong was I! I should have known that anyone can turn anything from drab to fab and that’s exactly what I did.
Now in my case, curb appeal was adding shutters. I always dreamed of a house with red rustic shutters. I just had to have them. At first, I was actually going to the stores to see if I could purchase them but as it turns out, all of the shutters were usually vinyl, not the right size or if I did find wooden ones they were super expensive.
Enter Brave Dina…
Before I braved the shutter route, I needed to add some window boxes with some beautiful flowers to add just the right touch. My mom gave me some awesome window boxes (Thanks mom! =) ) So I went ahead and screwed them under the window (at an angle of course so that the water can drip) and went to my local flower shop to pick out some awesome buds! Though I can’t take full credit for the flower choices because a beautiful cat named Dutchess who manages the joint gave me some suggestions. Just look at how pretty she is!
After flower grabbing, I ran over to the Home Depot and picked up some shiplap! I figured, how hard could it be to measure the size of the window and cut the wood down to size, stain it and attach it to the wall? If I could lay down hardwood flooring, I definitely could do this. So I did and it was easy as pie.
4 inch screws
First I measured my windows which happened to be 63 in in length so naturally when I went to the Home Depot I picked up the shiplap and the good folks there were able to cut it for me to make it a bit easier. I have a Honda Civic so it’s a bit difficult to fit things that I tend to find and want to do in my teeny tiny car LOL.
Now when it comes to the shiplap, they offered two different sizes at Home Depot one was 5 in in length and the other one was 8 in in length. I chose the 5 in 1 because for one thing, it was cheaper LOL and for another thing I didn’t want oversized or chunky shutters I want them to be just right. Sometimes if you do them oversized they overshadow the window and it just doesn’t look right. Less is more in everything you do. Always remember that as a rule of thumb. unless you’re working with burlap in which case more is more LOL but I digress…
So they cut the pieces and equal length for me, I put them in my car and drove home. All that I really had to do was stain the pieces of wood and let them dry. I did two coats to get a really deep red wood color and it took really well.
Attaching the shutters to the house was easy. I actually have cedar wood siding, so I just used really long screws about 4 in in length to make sure that they had a snug, secure fit.
I continued to attach the shiplap to the outside of the windows and it started to really make a difference on the outlook of the house. After fastening the three pieces of shiplap on each side of the window I had a little bit of extra wood left over so I decided to cut three separate pieces to add a little extra something something to those shutters and man, it really paid off. I’m so happy with the way they came out.
What did it end up costing you ask? It actually cost me only $24 a window and that includes the shiplap and the stain. Now that this came out fantastic, I’m going to go ahead and do all the windows and take a full frontal picture to update you all on the new curb appeal. =)
Have a beautiful week my friends! =)