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  1. Oh my gosh! I am such a HUGE FAN!! Of course, I know that you are obsessed with all things French, but this is so perfect. The paint difference is amazing, and I LOVE the planter boxes. What an amazing change for the better!

  2. I used your home as an example the other day. My husband and I were talking about future homes, and I told him I didn’t mind much about the outward appearance, because I can always take tips from my blogging friend, Carolyn, who makes everything look BEAUTIFUL! And then I just showed him this to prove it haha! Truly, your home is outstanding. I love the French cottage vibes. I want to spend all my time in that front yard!

  3. WOW! It looks incredible! I thought that was a brand new door…it looks great. And I love the limewash…I will have to look into it for our home. It’s a medium-ish brick right now. But I am obsessed with the look of white brick. Now…if only I could convince my husband. LOL! Love how it all turned it, it’s beautiful!

    • Haha, it can be hard to convince our husbands at times 😉 Thanks for all the kind words!!

  4. I am always, always bothered by the wrong-sized shutters! I love the look of the lime wash and all your thoughtful details. I hope you enjoy your lovely home for many years to come.

    • Thank you so much, Mary! I’m glad to find others that like to look at the right sized shutters, too. 🙂 Have a great day!

    • The whole project took about a week, and that’s multiple coats and touch-ups and we got a little lazy towards the end and didn’t work as fast haha. But doing dedicated working, the front of the house took about 8 hours for the first coat. Of course, the second coats (if you do one) go much faster!

  5. Beautiful! Homey, not overdone. What a blessing! I love it! Thank you for sharing it! So refreshing to see a young woman caring for her home. God created us to be keepers at home. ?

    • Thank you for your kind words! We find a lot of joy in improving our home and making it feel like us!

  6. Beautifully done. So refreshing to see and know younger people are still aware and wanting French Cottage style. Also loved the article comparing French English and Farmhouse. Applause to you!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m in love with this style and I’m trying to convince my husband to move to Europe 😉

  7. I’m about to paint my brick house white and my husband is nervous about it — and his nervousness makes me nervous, too! Seeing your house gives me the courage to go for it. What you’ve done looks beautiful and has really transformed your house. I’ve been going back and forth about shutters as well and still haven’t decided. I think it’s good that you took the time to make them look functional and properly sized. Did you make the window boxes or order them from somewhere? I’ve been looking for some like that but I don’t think I have it in me to make them myself!

    • It’s normal to feel nervous- I felt it too. And so did my husband! But not liking the orange brick won and I’m so glad we did it in the end. We made the window boxes and they were actually super easy. I don’t think it will be as hard as you think! Good luck with your project, Catherine!

    • Thank you! And it’s at the bottom of the post 🙂
      Front Door, Shutter, & Green Accent Color: Dutch Boy Willowed Tree 324-2DB High Gloss (I mixed with black at home to get the shade I wanted)

  8. Your makeover is beautiful and I’m very impressed with all your diy! I’ve recently purchased a „boring“ brick ranch and am pinning this for inspiration. Love the limewash and the front door makeover!!! You didn’t list costs but I’m assuming these were all pretty inexpensive steps? Enjoy your wonderful French vibe!

    • Thank you, Rebecca! Good luck on giving your ranch a makeover. I listed the cost of limewashing on a different post and it was only $30! You can check that out here.

  9. So charming, delightful and what vision you have! I love seeing an ordinary plain house being transformed into a beautiful home! Love it!

    • I actually considered adding a brick walkway instead of our plain cement one. I think a red one would look nice with white brick. I think it all depends on the color of yours! Are you looking to change it up or do you not like the color?

  10. LOVE IT!! Definitely thinking about doing the limewash with our future home! Thank you for the inspo, tips and info!!

  11. Love this! We just finished like washing our home! Huge difference. What color did you use for your trim?! We are trying to decide!

    • Thanks so much! Changing the exterior makes such a huge difference, doesn’t it? Paint colors are listed at the bottom of the post. 🙂

  12. How is it holding up after roughly 6 months? Have you noticed any fading?
    It’s stunning and you’ve totally inspired me to do this to my house for a little face life.

    • It looks great! I expect fading to happen eventually, but it hasn’t happened yet and we’ve had some pretty big storms in the midwest since then. Good luck with your project!

  13. Where did the urns come from? And did you do any kind of treatment to them or are they as purchased? Sorry if that is mentioned in the comments I didn’t have time to read them all.

  14. Love this whole makeover! But really in love with the green shutters/front door. Do you recall how much black paint you added to get to the final hue of green? Ratio of Black to Willowed Tree? Thank you!

    • Hmm I wish I knew for sure. I eyeballed and tested it. A little bit of trial and error. Sorry, that’s not helpful!

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