UncategorizedOur Cottage Exterior – Before & After October 10, 2014Our cottage exterior has been in need of love for so long! I shared the befores, our plans, and some progress a few months ago and am so excited to share the official AFTER with you today! Without further ado, here’s the Before and After of our sweet little downtown cottage. As a reminder, here was what we planned to change. And here was our inspiration. If you missed our progress posts where you can see how we put some of this together, click here. We got rid of the big strange window by the entrance that didn’t have room for shutters and was really odd. It did leave a bit of a gap, but we filled that in with a fuller tree and the overall picture is way more balanced. Plus, it allows much better flow inside. We balanced the big tree on the right with a smaller, thinner tree on the left. I love the board and batten triangle above the portico now. Before, it was a weird white stucco. We faced it in plywood and then added wood vertical strips to create the board and batten look. As a reminder, here was our entrance before. We beefed up the columns with some wood instead of the wrought iron and removed the gutters. I chose to paint the beams around the entrance white. I know that was a risky choice with the entirely white house, but I LOVE our wooden door so much and thought it would pop more off of the white. With everything else we added, I love the choice to go white. You can see the before & after of that copper lantern here. And I still love that blue ceiling. It’s painted the perfect shade, in my book: Valspar La Fonda Mirage. And those pots are one of my very favorite things. I love how just an accessory can add so much personality! They’re found at The Home Depot. We got rid of the chimney stack and painted all of the brick (and foundation) a lovely dark gray: Valspar Blindfold. I really wanted it to contrast with the white siding. We made some barn-style shutters that were so simple! Three boards across with the top and bottom board pieces that hold it together. I love the color of them. We actually spray-painted them! They’re Rustoleum Seaside. I love that you can see Miss Gracie watching me through this window. That’s her stoop where she sits up on the mudroom bench and watches people going by. I want to fill in with some more plants, but our little budget only went so far. I did get some of my hydrangeas in, though! I absolutely love having a place to pull up to that is so pretty and a lovely little entrance to decorate for the seasons. In case you missed it, make sure you check out our fall exterior post. And you can read about how to make that DIY Dreamcatcher Wreath here. I love the pop of fall it adds without being the obvious fall decor. *** Check out our most popular topics: Subscribe to our daily feed to make sure you don’t miss any Daily Doses of Style!