Y’all, I am BEYOND excited to show you the exterior home makeover that Cy and I did with Lowe’s last week near Nashville, Tennessee.
Cy and I LOVE a good makeover, and this one made a HUGE difference in the exterior of a home.
Now let me back it up a little bit….
Remember last month when I told you how Lowe’s was sending bloggers out to the 10 Bleakest Cities of 2015 because of the harsh winter weather?
Well, Cy and I were assigned to Nashville, and we looked over a bunch of projects that readers submitted in that area. It was hard to decide which project to tackle, but we ultimately decided on Grant and Beth’s brick ranch home.
It might have been because it reminded us so much of our own brick ranch?
Or it might have been because of the way Grant wanted to surprise his wife with the makeover and how he gushed about his love for his family?
Or it could have been because we wanted to show our readers how easy it is to change the look of your home with just some paint (and a little sweat equity)?
Or it could have been ALL OF THE ABOVE!
Cy and I both agreed that Grant and Beth’s home project was the one for us, and we eagerly got to planning. We had a chat with Grant and Beth via the computer and talked about plans for the house.
The main things we wanted to accomplish were:
1. Paint brick exterior.
2. Add new landscaping.
3. Build and install new shutters and window boxes.
4. Build and install new porch columns.
We knew we would have to do some more minor changes as we went along, but those were the main goals of this makeover.
I have a ton of posts planned that will show you all the steps we took to complete this makeover, but today we are focusing on the amazing BEFORE and AFTERS. :)
Here is what it looked like when we arrived…
And here is what it looked like when we left…
HUGE difference, right?
The homeowners were wanting to paint their brick because you could see where an addition had been added on to the back of the original house. We contracted the paint job out to a professional painter. We knew he would be able to paint the house more quickly, and we needed all the time we could get since we had to complete this makeover in two days!
“Paul the Painter” was amazing!! We changed the colors on him a couple of times during the first day and he didn’t even flinch! He handle it all like the PRO that he is, and we were THRILLED with the results! I told him I was going to share his information with my readers because he was THAT GOOD! So if you live near Nashville and need something painted, you will be very happy you contacted Paul!
Genesis Coatings Inc
We started out with the color Accessible Beige (which is gorgeous, but too light) and ended up with Balanced beige SW7037. We had the employees at Lowe’s tint the original paint color to the darker beige color, and they did it awesomely. :)
The Lowe’s Heroes ROCKED the landscaping! They spent the first day ripping out all of the old landscaping and getting the ground ready for the new plants.
Didn’t they do a great job? These plants will look gorgeous as they grow over the years.
They also added beautiful flowers to our DIY flower boxes! (Tutorial on the window boxes coming next week!)
Steve, the Lowe’s assistant manager, helped us make our DIY board and batten shutters.
He created a video just for my readers on how to make these shutters! I will be sharing it next week, and you will not believe how easy it is!
Steve’s wife was a ROCKSTAR too! She doesn’t work for Lowe’s but volunteered BOTH days to help, and she was a workhorse!
We could not have done it all without the AMAZING Lowe’s Heroes! They worked so hard, never complained, jumped it to help whenever it was needed, had great attitudes, were funny and sweet, and were such a JOY to work with!
Here is what the left corner of the house looked like before…
And here is the AFTER…
One of my favorite “touches” was the turquoise blue door. We painted it SW6486 “Reflecting Pool” in Semi-gloss by getting the color matched at Lowe’s. It really makes the front porch a focal point!
We hadn’t planned on removing the vinyl ceiling on the front porch, but ended up having to when we installed the new wood columns. We were able to put the wood bead board ceiling up the second day, but the homeowners were not sure if they wanted to paint it white or stain it. So we decided that they could make that decision later. :)
We also prettied up the right side of the house with more shutters and window boxes.My talented husband built the beautiful wood columns. I will share more of that next week too! ;) Lots of great posts coming up, y’all!
We LOVED working with Grant and Beth! They were so much like Cy and I, and our boys had a great time hanging out with their boys. Again, more on that later. ;)
A HUGE thanks to Lowe’s and their amazing Heroes that helped with this makeover! We couldn’t have done it without them!
Lebanon, TN Store #1692
Stephen H (Store Manager)
Steve P (Assist Store Manager)
Karen P (Steve’s wife – not Lowe’s employee, but after seeing her work she should be! LOL)
Chris T (last initial t, not j)
Mt. Juliet TN Store #2654
Brad W (Store Manager)
Bernie A (Assistant Store Manager)
*This project and post was sponsored by Lowe’s, my absolute FAVORITE home improvement store! All ideas and opinions are 100% mine.