Great news guys! Seems my sister is catching the Blogger bug! That’s GREAT news for the rest of us because her house is UH-dorable! Tons of great ideas and that girl is NOT afraid to try a new technique or go out on a limb. She’s agreed to give us a tour of her house over the next few months and walk us through some of her favorite projects. What better way to start than a look at her house before and after from curb-side! Take it away Christy….
Hi, Crafted Niche followers!!! Thanks for letting me post again. I recently was looking back through some pictures of my house from my first walk-through before I purchased it. WOW. To say that this house needed a makeover was an understatement. I can’t believe I was able to see the potential now that I’m looking back! But, knowing your budget and what it can buy was probably a HUGE motivator in buying something that needed a little rouge and cover-up.
Welcome to my house!!! It’s my first home and I am so proud of it. The house was owned by the first owner and then ME. I think she did some updates in the house while she lived there and raised her family. She put a Tuscan mural in the dining room, carpeted over the linoleum in the bathroom, and added ceiling fans in the bedrooms beside the ceiling light that was already there. Yes, I said “beside” the lights. She didn’t combine them. But, the good part about me being the 2nd owner of this house is that I didn’t have to deal with other previous owner’s cover-ups. I got to create the first ones!
This is how the exterior of the house looked in the listing before I bought it.
So charming. Actually, I probably could have left the house just like it was on the outside and it would have been sufficient. But, A. LOT. OF. WORK. Look at all those bushes that would need to be trimmed! No thanks. Plus, I felt like the house was hiding behind all that shrubbery. And, the holly bushes would attack you as you were stepping onto the front porch. Bye bye, holly bushes!!!
Well, this picture is a teensy bit unfair since the grass and tree are green. But, it’s my guest post so I get to make the rules. So there! My parents, my neighbor, and I tore out most of the original bushes. I then went in and tried to make the right side look more like the left and added some boxwoods. A friend installed the mailbox under the light, I painted the front door navy blue and my dad built the window boxes!!!
My dad is so incredibly handy. I had a crazy idea that I wanted to hang a 6’ window box under each of my downstairs windows and then 3’ boxes under the upstairs windows. Well, my dad got some cedar and made it happen. We hung them from the house using homemade “cleats” that my dad made by cutting a 1×2 in half at an angle. During the winter, I bring the upstairs window boxes into my garage so they don’t get as much wear and tear.
If the flowers had to rely on me to keep them alive during the Summer, they wouldn’t stand a chance. So, I installed a drip irrigation system on a timer that waters them each day for me. Yep, that’s the engineer in me coming out. So, all my flowers and bushes take care of themselves, thank you very much. If you look closely at the pic below, you can see the tube that leads up to one of the flower boxes. Another lovely friend of mine ran that tubing just under the edge of my shingles so I wouldn’t have to climb the ladder on a 100+ degree day.
I also tore out what I’m sure was a gorgeous Wisteria bush that was at the front of my driveway. It didn’t bloom for the first two years I was there and was constantly sprouting up all over the yard. So, it was history. I know some of you are cringing, but I have since become a fan of posting on Craigslist and offering “free bushes” to anyone who will come dig them up. At least they’re not going to waste now.
Thanks for taking a look at the exterior of my house. I’m really looking forward to showing you some of the inside next time!!! After looking at these pictures, I’m so ready for SPRING!
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