painted house before and after

Painted House Before and After

I was going to paint the house last summer but I got busy and waited too long and the weather turned bad before I had a chance to start. I’m glad I got this big project finished this year. With the help of family and friends we painted most of the house in a weekend and then I finished up the smaller areas on my own over the course of a week.

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How to Build a Window Box

My husband and I participated in an exterior home makeover sponsored by Lowe's, and we built some window boxes for the homeowner. I wanted to share with you some of the details of this project!

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Faux Finishing Garage Doors to Look Like Wood

Spring has finally arrived so we decided to tackle the outside house projects. The exterior of our house is a yellowish color, with gold trim. It was one of the first things I said, "If we buy this house we have to paint it.” I also wanted to try to have a little fun with the garage doors giving them a faux wood finish.

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Cape Cod Renovated into Craftsman Style Home

The homeowners of a 1930s Cape-style home that had been remodeled and expanded several times before they purchased it wanted an exterior facelift that would upgrade and unify the home's aesthetics while adding much needed functionality. The clients went to Titus Built, LLC with a desire for a more appealing interpretation of their traditional Cape exterior, with Craftsman elements and a sophisticated level of design. The home needed significant structural work to improve water management in storm conditions, as well as an overall tightening of its envelope to better conserve energy. This exterior facelift required thoughtful planning to successfully achieve the aesthetic and functional goals of the clients while retaining the original character of the home and its detached garage. When adding elements of Craftsman styling to the 80-year old Cape home, it was essential to establish authenticity in the details and in the overall exterior impression. The design was meticulously researched, revised and implemented to faithfully integrate with the home's fundamental nature. Many of the elements in this project were custom-designed and handcrafted in the builder's millwork shop. This included everything from the extra-large gable end rafters (called barge board) to over 100 handcrafted mahogany and cedar brackets, along with custom flower boxes and shutters. Exterior details created from the sourced raw lumber Sapele (African mahogany) contribute to the character of the finished design. Since almost nothing was bought "off the shelf," accurate planning was crucial to the project's timely completion. In addition, a project with so many custom-designed features required a prudent balance of needs, desires and budget. A new covered front porch affords protection from seasonal elements and presents an appealing welcome. The front door is stained in a warm persimmon, and the front entry was remodeled to improve traffic flow in what was once a claustrophobic area. The finished design substantially enhances the home's aesthetics and significantly improves its functionality, while honoring the original character of the house with care. Specified Products - Brick/Masonry: Connecticut Fieldstone Doors: Simpson Door Company Hardware: Baldwin Hardware Corp. HVAC: Lennox Lighting Fixtures: Arroyo Craftsman Paints/Stains: Benjamin Moore Windows: Marvin Windows and Doors Titus Built, LLC Won Gold in the 2010 Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards for this Exterior Facelift.

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Easily Paint Your Shutters

The fabulous Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky was our guest blogger on and she told us a little more about her front door transformation which included transforming her shutters, too - both with our non-fade Front Door Paint line!

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Modern Ranch Black House Wood Trim

Updating our 1950 modern ranch in Sourhern California. Black House and Cedar Wood Trim.

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Easy Shutter Makeover - Improving Curb Appeal

Spray painting our shutters provided us a super simple way to give a little facelift to our home. The shutters were brown and made the house look super dated before. A little spray paint later, and they looked brand new.

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5 Statement Projects to Help Your House Stand Out (in a Good Way)

When you drive down the streets of your neighborhood, does every house on every corner look basically the same? When you invite someone over to your house, is the only distinctive mark that sets your home apart your vehicle parked out front? When you live in a neighborhood where many of the homes look similar, it can be tough to give your dwelling a distinct personality that matches your style and preferences. If you want to be the rebel of the street and help your home stand out (in a good way), here are five projects you can do to make your home stand out in the sea of sameness.

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Helping Out a Neighbor.

One of our neighbors needed some work done on her house to get it ready to paint. The siding had some boards that needed to be replaced and she needed a backdoor installed. The problem was it was about 5 feet off the ground. So I drew up a plan for a deck and stair case to add the door and make it easier to access the rear of the house.

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New Exterior on an Old House

We bought our first house about 4 years ago. The house was built in 1954 for dairy farm workers. It's very solidly built but has had some pitiful renovations done. Thankfully I can see when something has potential! I couldn't take it anymore so we fixed it up last summer!

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Using Cedar siding for a pictorial mural

I'm a handyman carpenter and over the years I have done a lot of restoration work on houses and occasionally furniture. I've done a little bit of everything. That includes siding in it's various forms. But until tackling 'the giant', they've always been straight jobs.
This is my own house, and I took my time to build the giant. I started in the fall of 2011 and any I'd add to it time I had free and it was over 40 degrees. Fortunately it was a warm winter and I finished in the early spring of 2012. You will see from the before picture that this was a surface in need of a creative solution. The house was built in 1907 and the enclosed stairway was added some time later by someone who gave no thought to integrating the design with the rest if the house. Putting clapboards on to match the rest of the house would not really have made it look like it belonged. I had seen several examples of cedar siding art over the years that gave me the idea to do something different. On my website I've created a gallery to show other people's works as well.
I decided to tackle the project in 2 stages. First I created a sampler of traditional shingle patterns so I could get my head around this project. That's the vertical rectangle on the left side of the wall. That left me with a trapezoid shape. The second stage was finding something that worked in that shape. I sketched a number of ideas, but the one that worked best was to make it look like a stairway (surprise surprise). Not sure why I thought of a giant, but once I did, it amused me enough to want to create it.

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Update Your Home With Custom Shutters

My poor old shutters, original to my 1960 home, had seen better days. You too, can update your home with custom shutters to transform the look of your house.

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Exterior Shutters Transform A 90s Home

I always thought the front of our home was missing something. New board and batten exterior shutters have transformed the plain exterior of our 90s builder house. We love how these custom shutters look on our home.

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Front Entrance Remodel With Flagstone Over Lay

Occasionally we will do a landscape or hardscape. In this case it was a design/build including both.

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Exterior Remodel: 1970's Ranch to Modern Farmhouse

We completely rennovated the exterior of our home taking it from 1968 original to modern and clean with a farmhouse vibe.

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Home Exterior Makeover – Before & After

Our summer project has officially come to an end! That’s right, we finally completed our exterior. Insert all the happy face emojis here! As you may recall, this project initially started due to a number of exterior repairs that we could no longer ignore. We needed to do something fast and this was the year to do it BUT I couldn’t wrap my head around doing all this work and not seeing any visual difference. So I added a mini facelift to the mix!

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Transforming the Exterior of Our House

In the five years we've owned this house, we've changed everything on the exterior except the roof! That includes siding, deck, and landscaping.