~Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Shutters & Front Door~


This is a picture of my front yard last spring.

My yard is around one half an acre with five large shade trees.
When I purchased the house in 2006 the yard was all dirt because no
grass would not grow under the shade trees.  

So I decided to turn the yard into a flowering garden!!!
The first thing I did was to establish pathways around the trees,
front sidewalk and the soon to be flower beds.
The pathways are constructed of old bricks, crushed granite and flagstone.

I have to admit I am a brick hoarder from way back.
I collect the old solid stamped bricks used to construct old buildings.
I have moved the bricks stamped TEXAS three times...I know silly right!!!
I have over 4000 old bricks in my yard...but who is counting.

Once the hardscape was constructed I started planting one or two flower
beds per season.  That is all I could afford...plants are expensive 
and I needed so many.

It took eight years to accomplish what it looks like today.
 

I'm trying to make my 1952 ranch style house into a French style looking house.
So the first thing I did was to lime wash the 
ugly reddish orange brick to give it a worn vintage look.  
You can find how to lime wash brick HERE.

Next I made the wide plank irregular shaped shutters 
 styled after well known architect Charles Dilbeck. 
  
You can find how to make these shutters HERE.


    The shutters are layered painted in Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan...
colors Provence, Duck Egg, Olive, and Old White.  
I did not seal the shutters with anything. 
Remember do not wax outside...it is just too hot.
Chalk Paint® is very durable outside by itself.



 The front door is painted in Chalk Paint®
colors Provence and highlighted with Old White.
I did seal the front door with AE Clear Topcoat.

Here is another picture of the front porch area at Easter time.


 I am having a great time creating a French style home and English garden.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That custom shutters are really making the home so inviting and comfortable to live in. Aside from beautifying your homes, it also serves as protection when it storms.

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Shutters said...

Beautiful...I can't tell how much I like these shutters houston.it make the house so fantastic