Y’all know that we have been working on the exterior of our house for the entire three years that we have lived here. We’ve been taking it one slow step at a time.
Very soon, I am planning on showing you how we painted our exterior brick and what our house looks like now. We still have a lot to do, but we are getting there!
One side of our house that I have been dying to add a little curb appeal is the side next to our driveway. It’s the side that everyone sees when they drive up to our house.
This is what this side of our house looked like when we bought the house three years ago…
I knew immediately when we bought the house that I wanted to paint the brick. Notice the beautiful green mold on the brick? Yuck! We power washed that off before we painted.
We finally painted the exterior last year, and we used Valspar Duramax (exterior)paint from Lowe’s and had it tinted the same color as Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.
Of course, I wanted to make some shutters for these windows.
We used pressure treated 1×6 pieces of pine (about 54 inches long) to fit the size of our windows.
The horizontal slats of wood on the front are pressure treated 1×4’s. We used construction adhesive and finish nails to attach the horizontal piece to the vertical slats.
Here are the supplies we got at Lowe’s to hang the shutters…
First, we decided where we wanted to hang the shutters, marked the spot, and used a drill to create a starter hole in the brick.
Next, we used the masonry bit and concrete anchors to attach the shutter to the brick. We only needed two anchors, one on the top and one on the bottom.
It started getting late when we were hanging the last shutters.
The next day, I went to Lowe’s Garden Center and picked up some beautiful knock out roses and hostas.
I also got this beautiful bush to hide some of the “uglies” on our exterior. It’s not quite big enough yet to cover them, but it will be eventually.
And I love my beautiful white azalea that I planted.
I am so happy with how cheerful this side of our house looks now! It will be even more beautiful over the years as these plants continue to grow and get even bigger.
Just some paint, shutters, and landscaping has made a huge difference in the curb appeal of our home! I love pulling up in our driveway now.
What do you think? Do you like my brick better painted?
This project was sponsored by Lowes as part of their monthly Lowes Creative Ideas Team. For more inspiration, check out the Lowes Creative Ideas magazine in print or on your tablet.