Thursday, February 20, 2014

New "Old" Shutters


Slowly but surely we have been renovating our house here in Charleston. In between bouts of cold & rainy weather the exterior facade has been getting a fresh coat of paint. 


Now that the work is finished, the colors really sparkle. The yellow is just a shade brighter & the white trim a lot cleaner & whiter.  The subtle difference  can be seen in the before photo above.


A neighbor had a stack of old shutters that she no longer wanted & she offered them to us.


With a little bit of work the shutters looked like new again, well, new "old" shutters that is.


Once they were hung they looked as if they had always been there.


And now with the return of the sunshine, our house has a bright new look to go with the coming spring.



20 comments:

  1. I thought American homes had no shutters! I was wrong :)

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    1. Elsa, Many American houses do have shutters, older houses especially. But unlike the French these shutters are for appearance only. I think it is my love of French shutters that made me want to add these shutters to our house. We have hung them so that they can be opened & closed. But I doubt we will actually use them. I look forward to returning to France where I can throw open the shutters each morning.

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  2. Looks great! I know what a big job it is. My brother used to come and paint my old Charleston single house.

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    1. Thanks Joan…you are right , it is quite a job.

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  3. oh wow. looks great! i love the colours too.

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  4. it is so hard to believe that charleston looks like summer time. your new window looks great.
    enjoy the sunshine sally.

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    1. I know coco, it is amazing that here it already feels like spring. I feel guilty when I think of friends & family back in Boston in all that snow.

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  5. What fun to tweak your gorgeous house so that it looks even more charming.

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    1. Thanks, Paulita. We have been enjoying the process.

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  6. Love the colors! Is that a sleeping porch?!

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  7. Very smart and hard work. I lived in an old Memorial Hall once, it had been converted from a tin clad building to a wooden one a bit like yours. Your one looks early 1920's, like the dance Charleston maybe?

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  8. Looking beautiful......love the blue sky!

    Happy Sunday!
    Ruby

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  9. Sally - it's looking wonderful! I love the sunny yellow. Enjoy this gorgeous weather and all the work that can be done. :) Take care! Jen

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  10. It must be a lot of work , but exciting, Sally! I enjoy your blue sky too.
    Take care.

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  11. Oh wow, your house looks to fabulous and inviting and great now with the fresh color and these wonderful contrasting shutters! Great, great, great - I wish I could visit you and have a closer look.
    Have a nice week and enjoy your fab house!
    barbara bee

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  12. Hi Sally,

    So nice to meet you! Your home is charming and the facade does look like it's always hosted those pretty shutters, indeed; you've done a beautiful job of making this appear so.

    Well, having just read your profile, I so look forward to getting to know you through your time shared between the States and Europe. The weathervanes of France are intriguing, as are so many things about this land that awakens the senses!

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Poppy

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  13. What a wonderful color combination! Your house looks gorgeous, I love it :)

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  14. Great job on those fabulous shutters, Sally! You’ve chosen the perfect color to match your sidings. Kudos to your DIY efforts! I hope you’ll be able to maintain this bright look in the next days. Thanks for the share! :)

    Greg Arnett

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