Another home improvement project. Cue “Tool Time” theme music…
It seems like every house in Beech Grove is white with black shutters and a white front door. Boring.
And while I have dreams of completely redoing the outside of our house, our budget has other plans. So we’re doing little things to update the house (like this and this) without completely tearing off the vinyl siding (which, if I won the lottery, would be the first thing I’d do).
So changing the shutter color from black to brown wouldn’t seem like a big deal, but it ended up being a pretty dramatic change.
This project was sponsored by me, but, as usual, executed by the handy Chris Graham.
I took these pictures on a bright and sunny day which was nice (especially as I type this on a cool, rainy afternoon), but the contrast doesn’t show up very well.
(In this picture, the left window is still black and the right window is brown.)
I hoped this project would take only a week, because I had lots of other things I wanted to get done before fall break started, but painting shutters takes a lot longer than you would think. It ended up taking three weeks to do the whole house–six pairs–and Chris finished up the day before fall break started. I guess I should be thankful that four of our windows don’t have shutters. We might not have been finished until the spring.
(It’s so nice how I complain about things other people willingly do for me, isn’t it? I.am.so.amazing.)
The house looks much more happy now that the shutters are brown and the front door is red. And you know exactly what I mean when I say “more happy,” right? Because I’ve seen some sad houses before. Unfortunately, Beech Grove has a lot of them. But I want to have a happy house. And those brown shutters really help with the happy vibe.
You know what also helps with the happy vibe? This girls cruising around the driveway while we’re working. That just makes everything happier.