I love my house. It's old, it's tiny, it needs a lot of sprucing up, but I love my house. Did I mention the fact that I love my house?
Our 1954 Ranch style home has a warm cottage feel. At only 1300 square feet it's small. When everyone still lived at home it was packed and felt packed. The rooms are small and the bathrooms...don't even get me started. I think my kids have the smallest bathroom on the planet.
But I recently gave it a little pick me up and the charm has increased.
Yes, it was cheap. I used recycled exterior faux shutters picked up at Stardust building supplies (there is a link below) for $4 a piece. These originally black shutters were painted a horrendous olive green. Two can's of extra coverage paint put them back to their original black color. Ha! Take that you ugly green people.
After a ridiculous attempt to drill a hole in the block wall with my regular drill, a trip to Home Depot was in order. Let me just say this, the right tool makes the job so much easier. With that big power driver I rented my son and I drilled out the remaining 23 holes in about 45 minutes. Well worth the extra funds in my opinion.
The shutters were a piece of cake to hang. I just tapped 6 plastic nail looking thingy's with little teeth in each shutter. Perfect. Next, I painted the window grids and surrounding sills in an antique white. The shutter project took about 2 hours, including the trip to HD. The painting touch up took the rest of the day. It took an additional day to scrape all of the extra paint off of 41 window panes, but the ultimate result was achieved. Charm, charm, charm, charm, charm.
Shutters...$16. Paint...$22. Tool rental...$40. The charm that greets you went you come home...priceless.
Oh, did I mention that I love my house....even more now?
P.S. This is Arizona. We do have tiny little pockets of quaint neighborhoods, and flood irrigation makes for some very affordable green grass.
Bryndal, your feet are all muddy!