When Chase and I bought our house, way back in 2011, Chase’s first words were “Well, the paint HAS to change- it’s PINK!” Those may not have been his actual first words but it was definitely his only apprehension regarding the purchase. I agreed that I wasn’t a fan of the warm tones, but I did try to tell him it wasn’t actually pink– it was a tan!
So fast forward seven whole years and we finally pulled the trigger to paint the house! Not only am I a fan of cool tones, but I also am a huge appreciator of the black and white farmhouse exterior that has become more prevalent with the modern farmhouse trend. We live in a suburban neighborhood with lots the size if postage stamps, so a farm is a little out of the question for us in this phase of our lives, but I thought, “Why not live in a “mini / suburban” farmhouse“? So the plan started to take shape- Chase originally was skeptical of an all white house but due to the small nature of our house, I thought adding too much black accents would be a bit loud. We got home the day the painters had done the first coat and were a little shocked with how, well, WHITE the house looked! I think we may have scared the neighbors a bit as well, but once all the accenting pieces went up, the finished look is beautiful (in my opinion, of course!)
A rundown of what we did:
Paint: Of course! The most important of the changes, we painted the house a true white and the doors (and door trim) black.
Garage Door Hardware: This little change made a huge difference in my book! The hardware kit we got was this one.
Shutters: We added these black shutters to the front windows.
Lights: To cut cost, we bought the galvanized version of the barn light fixtures I wanted and Chase spray painted them- we saved over $40 by doing this! Now as I’m writing the post, the black version are actually cheaper so I will link them here!
House Numbers: The original numbers were a serif style font and I wanted a moder modern sans serif, so we swapped for these.
Columns: Our columns originally were a Grecian style white column that I was not all that keen of- Chase covered the original columns with cedar boards and stained the wood.
Enjoying our backyard this Summer:
So, while we may not live on a farm, I’m so excited I get to live in a “Mini Modern Farmhouse” in the suburbs!
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