It's what's on the outside that counts

I confess.
I've put off posting pics of the newly painted exterior because I wanted to put the finishing touches on it/style it/add new door hardware, etc. etc. etc. Then I realized that if I was waiting for all that, then by the time I got around to actually posting pics, it'd probably be time to paint the house again.

Then it snowed last weekend. Then all of our trees decided to dump their ice-laden leaves onto our whole property, giving it a sadly naked, rumpled look. So.......of course, this would be the perfect time to take photos for the big exterior reveal, right?! I am just keeping it honest around here. Our landscaping is awful & non-existent, there's a ratty old storm door (pushed aside for the pics), peeling brass door hardware, and much much much more to do.  
But to hell with it all! Here is our humble abode (our Colorado cabin cottage if you will) in its current state. 


While I haven't documented every little thing that we've worked on in this fixer-upper house of ours, I have been avoiding discussing the exterior. About the only thing we've done since moving in 2 yrs ago was replace all of the rusty gutters (and route them away from the house's foundation) & the garage door, and pour a new driveway. The exterior was embarrassingly weathered but you could still see a glimpse of its glory days. Like seeing a cougar flirting with the college guys at a bar. Rawwwrrrrr.

We hired contractors to do the exterior work. Best money we ever spent (their quote was incredibly reasonable) and it was all done in approx. 2 weeks. Sometimes it's hit or miss with contractors but these guys were great.

{The ugly money pit on closing day}
{ last fall }








No more rotting trim--heck yes.



Is anyone still reading?!
The color we chose is not one I would normally have gravitated towards; Mr. FC was actually the one who found it. One day, he came home with a sample of Benjamin Moore's Mohegan Sage and I was instantly nervous that it would be too green, too dark for what we envisioned.  I'm obviously an overly-anxious freak. It's the perfect, chameleon-like shade of velvety green with sable undertones. For the trim we chose Benjamin Moore's White Dove.  It's a soft white that looks perfectly crisp (but not stark) next to the dark color.

Maybe now, little trick or treaters won't run away from our house crying that it's too scary.
Maybe now, I won't have to eat a basketful of Nerds & mini Butterfingers all by my lonesome.
You're welcome, thighs.

Next up: new energy efficient windows!


79 comments:

  1. I LOVE the color, thanks for sharing the name. As for your address, there are only so many variations of 7 and 2's. Hiro would eat the interlopers I hope.

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  2. Oh sweet baby jesus, lady, you've done GOOD. So good. So good that I kind of want to paint the outside of my house, only I live in a townhome (AKA GLORIFIED FANCY DUPLEX) and I'm pretty sure our neighbor guy would freak once he realized I decided to go a nice, deep teal with white trim. And maybe with some polkadots, because I'm kind of fancy that way.

    No seriously, all jokes aside- I love it. I'm so happy you finally posted some pics, lady! Get your butt back here and blog more. >:|

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  3. Beautiful! You did a great job! I don't see what you are talking about, this photo looks magazine-ready to me. I think it would be really cute to have large white numbers....

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  4. talk about looking good. wow....everything looks great on the house and outside.

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  5. Awesome color choice. I dig it.

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  6. It looks amazing. I love the color y'all chose. What is the pipe coming from what looks like your attic near the chimney? We have sump pumps in SE Michigan that look similar but the pipes come from the basement. I'm just not familiar with pipes coming from your house to the outside!

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  7. This is good stuff FC. Very good. Very non-craptastic results. The colors look great & the floaty numbers are pretty sweet. And as far as stalkers go, I hear most of them are dyslexic so that should ease your mind.

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  8. I love it!!! Great color choice! And congratulations on hiring out the labor... you guys deserve a break! :)

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  9. Gorgeous FC, I love the color and the floating house numbers, what a great improvement!!

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  10. Oh my - just gorgeous! Perfect colour choice and what a HUGE transformation!!!

    Love the garage door too - it really makes the whole house pop (since it is at the front).

    Amazing work!

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  11. I nearly fell of my chair, that transformation is absolutely fantastic! WOWZA. Good choices!

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  12. what a difference!! It's so mod! Love the black urns, too!

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  13. I love the color!!! Seriously, stop worrying and just enjoy a moment or two to gloat in the glory that your house looks fab. :)

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  14. What a transformation! It looks fantastic. I love the colors you chose. Great job.

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  15. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your kind comments!! And a hearty welcome to any new readers/commenters out there!!

    @ Em: LMAO! Hiro might lick them to death.

    @ heather s.: That pipe is such an eyesore! It's connected to our radon mitigation system & runs from the basement to the vent outside near the roofline. Not exactly pretty, but a necessity/safety measure.

    @ Shannon: O.M.G.!! I just fell out of my chair laughing. I keep forgetting our house number is the same forwards, backwards, upside, etc. Damn it! =]

    @ Life begins @ 30: Thanks so much!! It's so hard, esp. since our garage precedes the house--gots to make it look good, you know?

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  16. Fantastic! Your home looks so warm and inviting now. I love the colours you chose.

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  17. I absolutely LOVE it! Good job!!!

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  18. Perfect color choices! I absolutely love it and am now reconsidering the entire color scheme of my house's exterior. Fabulous!

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  19. You did a wonderful job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am really impressed. :)

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  20. WOW!! I love love love love it! The colors are absolutely perfect.

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  21. it looks SO good!!! Love the colors you selected, could be a brand new house :)

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  22. i'm glad you didn't pee yourself or instantly turn down this color, because it looks PHENOMENAL! great choice, and such a vast improvement. :)

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  23. I love it FC! The color is absolutely gorgeous!!! Everything looks spectacular!

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  24. You did a great job. I love the colors and it just looks like a totally different house. It is nice when a person can see a diamond in the rough. Lovely, just lovely.

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  25. Are you kidding? This color choice is perfect! Anyone that doesn't like it is probably living in a day-glo purple house. I almost peed with jealousy when I saw your garage doors!

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  26. Holy Outside Reno FC!! What a transformation! Loving it all...and did you all cut windows into the existing garage door or did ya spring for a whole new one? Love it either way!

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  27. I love it! I am totally inspired!

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  28. Looks awesome! In the first picture it looked like a pretty dark gray on my monitor, but then after the description I noticed the later pictures looked distinctively more "rainforest green". I love the floating numbers too--I think they are such a nice detail. We only have one number on our house and we changed it out and even though no one else probably notices it I smile everytime I look at it! The floating numbers are super cool--I may have to try that next :)

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  29. It looks wonderful! I love the color you chose. You have such a great eye!

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  30. I LOVE the color you chose. It's perfect. And, the deck. Fabulous. I'm just totally drooling over it right now.

    Oh.... and I totally just booked my flight to visit you, you know - now that I know your address. Umm.... what street did you say? ;) Get the extra bedroom ready.

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  31. It looks great! Your dog is hilarious.

    jbhat

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  32. Wow! So inspiring. I really want to go paint my house now. I'm so in love with the color!!

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  33. WOW, this looks AMAZING! What an incredible transformation!!! I'd be scared of the color too considering the name, but it's PERFECT in every single way!

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  34. It's gorgeous! I love the color choices.

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  35. The only thing you're missing is BBQ pictures, from when you invite me over and indulge in food and bevs.

    Remember, I'm the one with the cute {if I do say so myself :)} baby, it'll be worth your while!

    Honestly, it's an amazing transformation! What perseverance to see it through to the end!

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  36. I love the color. Your house is adorable. Great job!

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  37. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! I LOVE IT! Enjoy!

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  38. Seriously amazing. Love it to the stars and back.

    xo,
    Sherry (& John)

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  39. Yeah for you for being able to get the hubby to let someone else do it - sometimes that is the hardest part! The color is awesome. I'm a sucker for white trim!

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  40. Kasey at Thrifty Little BlogThu Oct 15, 01:25:00 PM

    It looks so clean and sharp. I love it!

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  41. this looks incredible! and i'm totally digging the color - who doesn't love a gray/gree and white combo?

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  42. I absolutely love it! It looks beautiful and I'm sure it'll attract the trick or treaters this year!

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  43. It looks great! After all your apprehension, I was expecting something not even close to what the real exterior looks like. You should be proud! It looks very welcoming and happy, just like a house should, in my opinion. :)

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  44. WOW! It is stunning, a whole different place!! Love the colors you went with! So charming, great job!!

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  45. it looks great. love the color choice.

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  46. Love the deck and well, everything. It looks lovely! So did you guys do all the work yourselves (or did I just miss that somehow in the post?). Great job either way!

    XO - Katie

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  47. I LOVE the colors! Perfect! What a fan-freaking transformation! I adore the house numbers! I'm still contemplating where to place house numbers on our place after your amazing post! :)

    You guys are doing such an amazing job and thank you for including Hiro in the photos! Ha! :)

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  48. Oops I meant fan-freaking-tastic transformation! Your house got me tooooo excited! I can't type! :)

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  49. WOW - I am in awe of your makeover! I love the colors you chose and the house numbers. Fabulous!

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  50. I the love colors you choose, its works great with your house!

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  51. It looks beautiful! Way to go! My fiance refuses to hire anyone else to do any work on our house, so you're a lucky girl...

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  52. That is a mighty fine exterior, you have there. And I love the floating house numbers (but of course I would!). Sometimes, it pays to hire the pros. They did a great job.

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  53. Love it. Seriously it made my week. It is so perfect!!!!!!!!

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  54. Shut up!!! That looks farking fabulous!!!!

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  55. Drop dead gorge!!! You seriously have to have the nicest house in the neighborhood!

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  56. LADY - are you serious?!? It looks amazing!!! And LOL re a cougar at a college bar :)

    Don't worry, I already knew where you live....

    ~K

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  57. purty! great job and thanks for sharing. we all love a good before and after.

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  58. It doesn't even look like the same house! Great color choices.

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  59. I give you my blessings...
    for the color choice and awesome job done so far! ;)

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  60. Gorgeous! What kind of siding is this?

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  61. You all are so, so, so AWESOME!! Thanks for making this girl's day...heck, my whole week! I can't thank you enough. We love the color, too. =]

    @ Bridget: We had to replace the whole darn garage door. The old one was rotting away and disentegrating. So for the new one, we went w/ an insulated, steel door w/ the windows. LOVE it, as it allows light into a dark space and keeps it warmer in the winter!

    @ laurel, oonafey & wanderluster: Exactly! Half the battle was convincing Mr. FC to hire contractors to do the job! So glad we did though, so worth it.

    @ Katie B: We WANTED to do it ourselves b/c we're cheap...I mean, hardcore DIY'ers. =] But no, we hired contractors to do all the work for SUCH a reasonable price. If we lived near you guys, I would have LOVED to have you & Jer over to do our exterior....I mean, for dinner. =]

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  62. @ lovelylittlenest: Thank you!! It's just good old fashioned wood cedar siding (w/ a beveled edge).

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  63. Your home is just lovely! I love to see a home with good bones be restored to its intend beauty. Great Job!

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  64. WOW!!!! It looks incredible!!!! So chic and modern. Paint does amazing things!

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  65. LOVE the colour and the floating numbers. Well done!

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  66. Love the House Color. The place looks great!!!

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  67. OMG - that is fabulous ! Love your color choices - what a dreamy facade. You done goooooooood girl.

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  68. love the new color! amazing difference!

    kelly
    http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com

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  69. I absolutely love how it turned out! The color is perfect and the white you chose really gives it a very crisp clean look - so glad you decided to post the pics!

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  70. LOVE IT! the color is PERFECT!!!!!!!

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  71. I am in awe of how amazing this change was! So gorgeous. Love it.

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  72. You did an AMAZING job! I can't imagine how much work that must have been! It looks great!

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  73. HOLY COW!!!

    It looks incredible! Just awesome!

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  74. Wow, it looks sooo good! I really love the deep tone balanced by the crisp white trim :)

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  75. Oh. My. God.

    Freckles!

    This looks INCREDIBLE!!!!

    Your color choices are perfection. I know I say I love pretty much everything you do (b/c I do) so for this I will say I really, really, really love it! WOW!

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  76. Freckles,

    If possible can you please let me know where did you get your house numbers and what style they fall under. I love the color of your home's exterior. You guys have done an excellent job.

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  77. love it!! great job...i really like the house numbers!

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  78. Love it...such an improvement!

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xoxo
~Freckles Chick~