With the front door painted a bright, cheery yellow, it was time to paint the shutters and give the cottage a new look, until we took them off and discovered this:
Yes, my friends, that is rotten wood. The shutters were original to the house and the only thing holding them together was the paint - MANY layers of paint. It was time for a new plan.
- repair the original shutters - not a viable option.
- make new wood shutters like the originals - a lot of work.
- replace the shutters with a vinyl in a similar style.....
We both agreed if there would be no shutters, the frame around the windows needed some color. The shutters were going to be a dark blue, but we both agreed the window frames needed a lighter color. After looking at several paint chips, we decided on this:
Here are a couple of other views:
This story wouldn't be complete without a look at the cottage from when we first saw it:
My neighbor described it as a "Country Cottage Look". That's just what we were after.
As you can see, we've also done a little work on the landscaping. My husband recontoured the front lawn for better drainage. Once that was done, I started planting the flower garden. All of the perennials are off to a great start and I can't wait to see them next summer!
So there you have it. This project ended up being a complete surprise. Just so you know, we are talking about painting the window frames of the other windows and the frame around the side porch door - in case you were wondering!
Tell me what you think - Shutters? or No Shutters?
Thanks for stopping by - have a great week!