disclosure: This post is sponsored by National Hardware.
Don’t you love a pitiful before?
Especially one that has its picture taken on a dreary day when the sky is cloudy and the walls need power washing and the steps are sad and the door needs a little freshening up.
This is my office.
It’s seen one too many winter days.
Look at this sadness.
The columns need to be painted.
They actually need to be sanded and primed and then painted.
The white rail needs help too.
It needs to be sanded and primed and fixed.
Time to let a little sunshine in.
Time to freshen up.
Time for a little before and after curb appeal that looks like this.
So much better.
We started with a spring power wash to kick the spider webs to the curb.
It’s amazing how much dirt shows up over winter.
Then we painted the door and added brass accents.
I love how the brass makes everything pop.
Here’s a close-up of the handle.
I love the brass against the black.
It’s so Downton Abbey.
If Downton Abbey were a gatehouse in Kentucky.
My husband built the planters for the front porch out of plywood.
We added these tiny brass accents to tie them into the new look.
I’m posting a tutorial on them next week and I’m thinking about adding brass door handles to the front, too.
We originally had black house numbers on the gatehouse.
To match the new look, I added these brass numbers instead. These were purchased locally, but here’s a link to similar numbers from National Hardware.
They are mounted on a piece of plywood painted white and then hung on the siding.
We added a little more gravel to the front to even out the walkway.
I added flowers in these oversized metal urns.
The draping blooms are so pretty.
We also added plant hangers to the outside of the newly painted columns.
It adds a little color to the front.
And balances the urns below.
I’m so happy with how it turned out.
It took a little elbow grease to wash away winter, but it makes me smile every time I walk up these steps to work.
Especially when I have a friend to show me the way. 🙂
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