My Old Kentucky Home: The Exterior
So we are finally back to where we started – The Exterior of our newly renovated 1950s mid-century ranch home.
I previously mentioned that the first thing we did was cut down the large pine tree that was blocking the front of the house. That left us with a very flat front with no curb appeal. The upper section of the exterior was yellow siding, and the lower section was red brick.
The solution, of course, was to paint the brick (This was part of my evil plan all along – I LOVE painted brick). I had a color selected until my mom mentioned that it looked a lot like our neighbor’s brick color, and she was right – so back to the drawing board or paint deck as it were.
We went with Elmira White, Benjamin Moore’s HC-84. I have used this color in interiors and absolutely love it on our exterior. I wanted to do something unusual for the shutters so we went with Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray HC-104. Everyone needs to make a statement with their front door so we decided to go with blue, a classic mid-century color. The actual paint color is 50% strength of Benjamin Moore’s Bainbridge Blue BM749.
My husband Tom loves a front porch so we priced it out. We decided against it for a couple of reasons:
1.) The roof line limited what we could do, and I felt the only option that would work really took away from the 1950s character of the home; and
2.) We were going to have to landscape any way so the cost became prohibitive at that point.
Since the front was flat, it was important that we add movement in the landscape beds. I had this great blue wrought iron bench that I knew I wanted to use, and it was the perfect excuse to add a peninsula to the bed on the left side of the house. We collaborated with landscaper Chad Rodgers, and it was such a great experience, we went ahead and had him landscape the backyard as well.
As with your interior, it’s the details that truly make a space unique and personal. We had these great wrought iron planters that we incorporated in our new beds. The bench is great for seasonal pillows. The vacant space next to the front door was perfect for our pineapple with which we have welcomed guests at all of our previous homes. And, of course, every front door needs a wreath!
Converting a Covered Porch into Screened In Porch
We had a screened porch at our previous home so when we saw that this home had a covered porch, we knew immediately that we wanted to screen it. This has become my absolute favorite spot in this house – and it’s actually on the outside! We painted the frame to match the shutters and added a doggie door for our four-legged family members.
The porch is long and narrow so Tom was able to put his grilling station including the fabulous Big Green Egg on one end along with my potting table topped with artwork and flanked with additional seating.
Outdoor Seating Area
The seating area takes full advantage of the view of our backyard including that magnificent magnolia tree! I accessorized with outdoor pillows, candles, and even a lamp! As you can see, I am not the only one who love the screened porch!
Thanks to everyone who followed me on this journey. It’s been a pleasure to share our renovation process and our home with you. Enjoy!