DIY, Our Farmhouse

Our Farmhouse Exterior Reveal

The day is here!  Woohoo!  I am so excited to finally show off the after pictures of our farmhouse exterior project.  Reveal day is here!

This has been an absolute labor of love for my husband and I.  In all honesty, {besides our fantastic trip to Israel} this has not been a very fun summer.  Every single day that it was not raining {and sometimes we were caught in drizzly weather} one or both of us were outside painting.  I spent many days outside and then he would paint into the dusk hours.  There have been moments of creativity and moments of frustration.  It’s been a lot of hard work since that Memorial Day weekend when we began painting.  But the long days have paid off in a lot of personal satisfaction…and a few honked horns with a “The house looks great!” shouted from a car window.

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Without further delay, let’s jump into the fun part: pictures!

To fully appreciate the after, we need to start with a few before pictures.  These first few photos are from our very first visit to our farmhouse and then a few months later when we moved in.

We had done quite a bit of yard work of taming the jungle and removing a few dead trees over the course of two years.  These next few photos were taken this past spring before anything began growing yet.

So much potential, right?

Really quick before the after pictures, I want to explain our farmhouse.  The original part of our home was built in 1836.  There is an addition to the right (with the stones) and a (recessed) addition to the left of the original house.  The addition on the left is our family room and it sits back from the main part of the house.

Are you ready?  Yes?  Here we go!

And you just knew that I had to throw a garage picture in here, right?  This little building really gave me a tough time.  But, I conquered it!

{The green lattice work below will be painted gray…soon!}

I truly believe in the spirit of transparency.  And I do not want you to think that we are some kind of special people who can paint an entire house in less than two months.  Our goal was to purchase 10 gallons of {gray} paint and see how far that got us.  We were able to make over the front, left side, and two of the three sides of the addition; along with the entire garage.  To be honest, we still have the right side and the back of our farmhouse to paint.  We have some {gray} paint left and after we take a few weeks off, I hope to work on the side this fall.  The back will have to wait until 2018.  We see this as a total victory though, as we have conquered the more difficult sides of our home.  Optimism is in the forefront of our mind when it comes to tackling the back next year and we foresee flying through it quite quickly.

Thank you so much for cheering us on during this long summer full of humid days!

Paint colors:

  • Clapboard- Behr Charcoal
  • Trim- Behr Exterior Pure White (no colorant added)
  • Doors- Behr Forbidden Red




  1. Peggie Crist

    Gorgeous and sooo much hard work! But all worthwhile. Love it!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you so much, Peggie! It’s been a long summer and I look forward to a few weeks off from hanging on a ladder!

  2. Tiffany

    Wow! It looks amazing! Your hard work most definitely paid off. I know you & your family look forward to some relaxing weekends( if there is such a thing when you have a fixer upper). My husband & I have spent the last several weekends building wooden kitchen countertops & we finished them yesterday!! We say we will relax next weekend, but we will see? We always end up right on to another project. We just can’t help ourselves;)!

    1. Leigh

      Oh, Tiffany! It sounds like your countertops will be beautiful! And how special that you are building them.
      I am right there with the, “I will relax tomorrow.” It’s just in my nature to work on projects and I find it relaxing!

  3. Wow wow wow!!! Your home was beautiful before but it is stunning now!!! Your hard work was so worth it! I love it!!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Tracy! Now I don’t have to make people cover their eyes when they walk up to my house. Lol! ♥

  4. Bonnie

    That’s one big house to paint. It looks great. Your hard work really paid off & I love the red doors.

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Bonnie. It is a lot of square footage and the ground is so uneven. We are relieved to have this part of it done! ♥

  5. Geka

    It looks incredible! I love the red doors. They say…welcome!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Momma! xo

  6. Maureen

    Wow! She is gorgeous. Your hard work has paid off.

    1. Leigh

      You are so sweet! Thank you! ♥

  7. Keri

    What a transformation! Fantastic job!!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Keri! Hope you guys are doing well! 🙂

  8. Linda Swanger

    The whole house looks so good , I love the color. You guys did a great job. Tell James I said Hi

    1. Leigh

      He says, hi back to you! 🙂
      Thank you for your encouraging words!

  9. Stefani

    Beautiful !!!! You are so talented ❤️

    1. Leigh

      Aww, Stef, thank you sweet friend! ♥

  10. Carla

    You home looks beautiful! I love the gray color that you chose. What a transformation!

  11. karen

    WOW!! HUGE accomplishment! Very nice change-over!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Mrs. L! ♥ If you are ever in our area, please stop by!

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  13. This is so beautiful! Gives me hope that we can paint our house- which is on our list this year! Awesome job.

    1. Leigh

      Woohoo, Beth! It’s a hot and tiring job, but so worth it! Yup, easy for me to say on this side of things! 😉 But seriously, go for it!

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