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Shutters...No Shutters

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.  

We could:
  • 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.....
...and then we walked across the street and looked at the house.  My husband said, "You know, I kinda like this 'no shutters' look".  I immediately said, "no way!", but then we started to talk about it.  
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:

Before:

After:

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!




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  1. I really love shutters on old houses, but I have to say that your cottage looks fresh and new with just the pop of color around the windows. Much cleaner and modern yet vintage look! Very nice!

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  2. Wow, I love that y'all took a bad situation and turned it around to end up with such a wonderful result! The no shutters look really works with the pop of blue. Great idea!!

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  3. That is so darn cute! The color looks great with the front door! What wonderful curb appeal!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!
    Karen

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  4. I really like it too, like the lighter blue, just gives it a light an airy look, and you
    don't even miss the shutter...........that worked out great!!
    Blessings, Nellie

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  5. Your work is showing your willingness with work. Keep it and keep share this good work with us because great work is the need of every one.
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  7. Looking forward to seeing what you did with the shutters.Quality shutters are durable but you still need to be gentle with them.I love this shutter also.But I probably would never be allowed to install.
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  8. The shutters are a great idea.Would be great for back side of my townhouse which gets extreme afternoon sun in the summer. Now I'm looking for some to use as accents in our house.I enjoy visiting your blog and get inspired by your creations. I love them all.
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  9. Some gorgeous designs here. You have given me a lot of inspiration to make changes on my blog,


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