Before & After: House Painting Transformation

I bought my house three years ago because it had a lot of potential (and back then I had a lot more energy). Since it needed so much work on the inside, I concentrated on that and hoped the neighbors would bear with the peeling pink outside (one friend called it band-aid). Finally last fall, after understanding the house better, I was ready to paint it. Click after the jump to see the transformation — you won't recognize it!

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Here's the result! I love how crisp it looks. The color used, Benjamin Moore "Linen White", was sort of a happy accident. The painters had some left over from their last job and used it up for the primer — I instantly loved how much creamier it was than the color I had originally chosen. To emphasize the simpleness of the house, and its farmstyle porch, I removed the shutters. Then our wonderful painters made the insides of the windows a dark brown to match the bronzite storm windows that were already framing them. They convinced me (and they were right) that it would look warmer than black.

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One of my favorite accents is the blue porch ceiling (see our post on blue porch ceilings here). It softens the monochromatic palette and makes it look so happy!

Every evening when I come home from work I love how it came out. Since I'm getting ready to move (again!) in a few weeks, I hope that the new owners do too.

(Images: Jeanine Brennan)