Category Archives: BEFORE + AFTER

May 30, 2013

Landscaping Our Front Yard: Reveal

Check out our process on choosing a plant color scheme and layout and how we planted and care for them.

It’s sooooo close. I can taste it. The mulch is in, putting us one step closer to knocking out our summer to-do list. Just to recap, here’s what we’re hoping to accomplish (with those we’ve completed, crossed off).

• Replace the rotting header above the garage
• Give the porch column a smooth coat
• Add a railing to the side of the porch
• Build new window shutters
• Paint the exterior of the house
• Paint the roof (yes, we’re doing that)
Remove ALL landscaping in the front yard and replace it with something more modern
• Landscape around the mailbox and post light
• Build window boxes for the front of the house
• Do something about that driveaway
• Hire someone to remove the FIVE trees that have fallen over during wind storms
• Replace damaged wood and paint the swing set
• Repair and paint the backyard shed

And as promised, here are few final progress and reveal photos :)

We’ve always bought mulch by the bag in the past. Never again. Unless of course we need, say, one bag. My dad lent us his trailer (with free labor) and we scored this entire mound of black mulch from a local store (Hafner & Sons) for $40. I think that’s a good deal. It really seems like a good deal. That’s a lot of mulch.

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We were able to cover the entire front bed and side of the house with about three inches of mulch. And we still have this much leftover. Crazy.

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I could hardly contain my excitement!

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

I want to curl up inside this corner.

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(Don’t you worry about that shutter… )

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

Check out a full plant source list here and details on our color scheme here.

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

You’ve come a long way little house :)

before

We’ve been jumping all over the place with projects throughout this week, so I’m hoping to have some really fun updates for you guys next week!

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May 24, 2013

Oh look, we have windows… and other nonsense.

Can you believe that we lived in our home for over a year with these ginormous tree-bushes in our front yard. No, wait. As our front yard. They were massive. And I despised them.

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So, this past week.. Ricky put an end to the madness.

A little shovel. A little chainsaw. Like how easy I just made that sound? 😉

Oh look, we have windows. | Cape27Blog.com

Also, let me just give my man a little credit for digging up giant tree-bushes while Zoey whips him with a stick and I capture it all on camera. Love this guy.

Oh look, you can see our house. AND it has windows. Wuuuut?

Oh look, we have windows. | Cape27Blog.com

 Some other things happened too. Obviously.

We started tilling up the flower beds, and added a few curves around the path from the driveway to the front porch. We’re hoping to make some good progress this weekend by adding a few more curves to the bed that runs the length of the house, add a barrier between the grass and the bed, and start planting! Whoop, whoop!

In other news. A window shutter fell down.

Just kidding, I have much more exciting things to share. Like, our new post light :)

Oh look, we have windows. | Cape27Blog.com

We swapped out the old brown one that had some serious tilting going on. Since we’re implementing our new gray and black color scheme, we figured black was the way to go. It’s from the same light collection as our sconce lights by the garage.

Now, I had planned to give the driveway a post of it’s own.. but the results were.. meh. Our driveway is dunzo. It needs to be completely redone, which is so far from being in the budget right now. So, we opted to have a local company seal it for the time being. You can still see all the hideous cracks, but the sealant should keep everything held together temporarily. So, if you’re on a budget (we paid about $200 total) and need a quick fix, sealing is the way to go.

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What else, what else. Oh yes, you may have  spotted a new addition on the front porch. I was having a difficult time finding a bench that would fit the space, so we had planned to build one. Then, I spotted this guy at Homegoods!

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It’s exactly the size and style I was hoping for! I paid about $50 for her, which is probably more than we would have spent to build one, but time is crazy sparse lately so we’re happy to cough up a few bucks here and there for the convienience. And it’s aqua, which is super cute. Not sure if it’ll stay this color (nothing is safe around this crazy paint lady) but I’m loving it for now!

Ok, end brain dump :) Enjoy the weekend!

May 20, 2013

Suitcase Toy Storage

A few weeks ago I shared a few finds from a local antique show, one of those being this set of suitcases (there are actually three of them).
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 I had planned to keep them in their original mustard yellow color and use them as toy storage for Zoey. However, when we got them home they were looking super dingy next to all the other bright yellows in her room. So, we decided to give them a new look!

Repurpose Vintage Suitcases as Toy Storage Beneath the Bed | Cape27Blog.com

I picked up a quart of basic latex paint in a coral semigloss, to match her ceiling color (BM-Pink Polka Dot), and painted away!

Repurpose Vintage Suitcases as Toy Storage Beneath the Bed | Cape27Blog.com

I completely skipped sanding and priming and did about two and half coats per suitcase. Really, I wouldn’t recommend skipping those steps. The paint seemed to need a bit more to cling to, so if I were to do it again, I’d sand and prime.

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Since the suitcases have a texture to them already, using a brush didn’t leave any visible brush strokes.

Repurpose Vintage Suitcases as Toy Storage Beneath the Bed | Cape27Blog.com

After leaving them to dry overnight, I attached a few casters to the bottoms. We’re planning to use the luggage as storage for barbies, dolls, etc. under Zoey’s bed, so the casters make it easy for her to pull them out by herself. I suppose you could screw the casters to the bottoms, but I just used a little super glue to keep things simple.

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And because I like to make all things pretty, I popped on a few bookplates to label each suitcase.

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 So much better.

Repurpose Vintage Suitcases as Toy Storage Beneath the Bed | Cape27Blog.com

Time to put these babies to work!

Repurpose Vintage Suitcases as Toy Storage Beneath the Bed | Cape27Blog.com

The insides of the suitcases were in excellent condition. A little musty, but nothing a little airing out couldn’t handle. I just wiped them down really well. I’m a little smitten with how they look placed under the bed.

Repurpose Vintage Suitcases as Toy Storage Beneath the Bed | Cape27Blog.com

And the colors tie in really nicely with the coral shades in Zoey’s pillow and the same shade on the ceiling.

Repurpose Vintage Suitcases as Toy Storage Beneath the Bed | Cape27Blog.com

How about you guys? Repurposing anything lately? Giving an old piece a new look? We hit up the antique show again this weekend.. no luck :(

May 13, 2013

Peekaboo Pallet Ceiling

If you follow me on Instagram than you may have already had a little sneak peek at today’s topic. It was a little spontaneous on our part, but super quick and easy!

Front Porch Pallet Wood Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

Yep, we’re jumping back on the pallet wood bandwagon for a second ride. This time, with our front porch ceiling. When we wrapped up painting in the porch area it was still looking a little dull. We’d imagined painting the ceiling in a lighter gray (to match above the garage) and do something similar by trimming it out in charcoal.

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But as we got to painting.. we realized the ceiling was in pretty bad shape. I mean, it’s a porch ceiling.. so really, we’re probably the only ones to notice. But that’s all part of making your home a space YOU love, right? So instead of just living with the “meh” ceiling, we put the leftover stack of pallet wood from the living room to work!

The wood was already disassembled, sanded, and stained, so the process flew by. Ricky just nailed each piece directly into the ceiling.

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Since the ceiling was already sporting a few trim pieces around the edges, it would have been really difficult to get a clean edge with the new wood. Instead, we just cut the palette pieces a few inches shorter than the width of the ceiling and then sort of “framed everything out” with more wood to cover on top. Here’s a shot of the wood prior to the framing stage. You can see, the edges don’t need to line up because it’ll all just get covered.

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It’s really similar to what we did in the living room. Of course, if you have a completely flat surface (no surrounding trim) then you could just cut the new pieces to size. I’m really liking the whole frame effect though (see below). Makes it feel a little more custom maybe? Oh and funny story about the light, we had always envisioned replacing it with something more fun, for a statement piece. But we’re LOVING the way it looks now against the wood. The black really pops. Consider it a keeper.

Front Porch Pallet Wood Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

I call it the peekaboo pallet ceiling because from a distance you hardly notice it, if at all.

Front Porch Pallet Wood Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

Closer…

Front Porch Pallet Wood Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

But then you’re on the porch and BAM. Pallet ceiling, in your face.

Front Porch Pallet Wood Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

I really wish I could share our house numbers project with you (from nearly six months ago).. but that would require, you know, sharing our house numbers. Basically, we took a piece of (guess) pallet wood, trimmed down, and glued a few of these super modern, yet inexpensive house numbers (if you know house numbers, you know that’s hard to find) on it vertically. It looks amazingly fancy and custom and I heart it. You can see where we have it below. The pallet really pops agains the charcoal porch column and the numbers are oil rubbed bronze, tying in nicely with the door hardware.. and everything else on the porch. And now I just wrote an entire paragraph about something you can’t see. Nevermind.

Front Porch Pallet Wood Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

Something you can see – we finally got around to planting a few flowers in the vertical wall planter. We scored some all-shade flowers this year, so hopefully we have better luck.

Front Porch Pallet Wood Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

Oh, and since this post has gone crazy random.. we also replaced the white doorbell with this one.

Front Porch Pallet Wood Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

It’s the little things :)

May 9, 2013

She’s Moody

We painted the house. And I’ll be honest, I’m really wishing I was our neighbor across the street, just so I could gaze at all of it’s loveliness every day. Every day, all day. It’s good. Really good. Of course, I’m biased. So, have a look for yourself :)

Dark & Mood Exterior Color Palette | Cape27Blog.com

We shared the depths of our plans for the new color scheme earlier this week, so I’ll just expand slightly. Obviously, we went dark. The new colors are all neutral, but play off each other nicely to give quite the statement. We wanted something a little warmer than a true gray for the trim, so we went for a charcoal with some green/brown undertones. I can hardly say that though, because in person it just looks like a warm gray.. there’s no green or brown about it.

Dark & Moody Exterior Color Palette | Cape27Blog.com

The charcoal is probably my favorite part of the transformation. Which is convenient, since it’s the color we used the most. We’ve yet to paint the sides of the house, where we’ll use more of the charcoal to cover the soffits. The roof and gutters are also on the to-do list, needing a fresh coat of black. And we’ll be sure to share all of the roof details as we tackle them, but that’s a post of it’s own.

Dark & Moody Exterior Color Palette | Cape27Blog.com

You can kind of get an idea of the purple tones we’re hoping to bring in with landscaping. The flowers on that bright bush (below right) are the shade we’re going for, so we’re hoping to salvage it. Maybe just scale it back a tad. Everything else.. must go.

Dark & Moody Exterior Color Palette | Cape27Blog.com

As far as the process went.. we spend about two days painting the front facade, using a sprayer. Outside of the specific paint colors, we used Sherwin Williams’ ‘Resilance’ paint in a flat finish. The spraying was super quick and easy, but the prep… ugh, the prep. We taped off every area using brown masking paper (around $2 a roll, which has covered everything so far) and some basic painters tape. Each color variation meant more taping, above and below. Mind you, this was also on the two windiest days Cincinnati has seen all year. We had to tape the paper on all sides to keep the wind from ripping it away. So yea, spraying paint in the wind trying to avoid destroying our home, neighbors’ homes, and cars. That was fun. Either way, it was much faster than using the good ol’ brush and roller. I think.

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(our little helper)

With such an abundance of painting projects coming up, and large ones at that, Ricky and I had been discussing the purchase of a paint sprayer for quite some time. Well, we finally bit the bullet when we spotted the Ryobi cordless sprayer, marked down from $185-ish to $130 at Home Depot. It was an impulse buy. We needed a sprayer, it was on sale, we trust the brand for other power tools, easy decision.

Had I taken the time to look at any one single online review (there are pages upon pages) I would have quickly run in the other direction at the mass amount of negativity. Long story short (since SO many others have already covered this same topic) we made the same mistake and bought the crappy sprayer. It’s working okay for our outdoor painting, where the finish doesn’t need to be perfect, but it’s not going to cut it for nearly anything else. Furniture? Not a chance.

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So, that’s my little vent. Don’t buy it. What should you buy? I’ll share it when I find it. Moving on.

Or should I say, backwards? You know I love a good side-by-side before and after. Let’s look back to to the day we closed on our home :)

BEFORE:

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And AFTER:

Dark & Moody Exterior Color Palette | Cape27Blog.com

Truly, it’s more of a progress shot, since we know there are plenty more updates in the near future. But, it’s come quite a long way since day one. Checking one more off the to-do list :)

Replace the rotting header above the garage
Give the porch column a smooth coat
Add a railing to the side of the porch
• Build new window shutters
Paint the exterior of the house
• Paint the roof (yes, we’re doing that)
• Remove ALL landscaping in the front yard and replace it with something more modern
• Landscape around the mailbox and post light
• Build window boxes for the front of the house
• Do something about that driveaway
• Hire someone to remove the FIVE trees that have fallen over during wind storms
• Replace damaged wood and paint the swing set
• Repair and paint the backyard shed

Now, we just need it stop raining so we can paint this mismatched sides of the house.. It’s like we tried to paint in the Spring or something?