exterior updates to our house

Full Disclaimer: Thank you to Destination Lighting and Sea Gull Lighting for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

One of our biggest home updates is finally finished! We recently had all of our exterior trim, siding, front door, and shutters painted this month. Everything looks SO much better! We installed a new door knocker, and thanks to Sea Gull Lighting and Destination Lighting we also upgraded our outdoor lighting. There are a few additional things I'd like to update -- like new planters for our front porch (similar to this one) and removing an old basketball hoop -- but right now I'm really happy with how everything turned out. Here are some before/after pics:
Let's start with the Before pics! The entryway was originally painted in a dusty gray color that was cracking and peeling. The front door and the shutters were painted a blue color that faded over years in the sun. We had to update the knocker on the front door -- it had the previous owner's last name engraved on it. And finally the silver outdoor lights with black flowers were not our style. at all. So they had to go too.
Before: blue shutters (left) and painting in progress (right).
Before: The back of our house in the same dusty gray paint color as the entryway.
And now the AFTER pics! The siding looks so much brighter and polished in the new lighter (Lime White Benjamin Moore) paint color.
I LOVE how our front door and shutters turned out. The Midnight Dream black paint matches our roof perfectly, and it looks great with our new Brushed Nickel Lion Door Knocker and Sea Gull Hunnington Black LED Outdoor Wall Lights.
Siding and trim paint color: Benjamin Moore Lime White 
Front door and shutters: Benjamin Moore Midnight Dream
It's amazing to me how a little paint, and new hardware and light fixtures can update the exterior of a house. Thanks again to Sea Gull Lighting for our new outdoor lights!
It's been so fun to see our house transform into our dream home :)


  1. LOVE the door and the lights you chose! I remember when Guilianna Rancic had her show with Bill and she called them the earrings of the house! LOL xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

    1. hahah I LOVE that :) and I totally agree!

  2. It's amazing how the smallest change can make a big difference.

    1. agreed! I wish we had everything painted sooner!

  3. whoaa... love it..
    enjoy reading ur post

    visit mine?
    Mrs. Aa

  4. I absolutely love how your entryway POPS now with the contrast of white/black. Plus I'm a sucker for a good doormat ;)

  5. I love your house, it's so pretty. Love the lights you selected.

  6. Beautiful! You house is so lovely!

    xx, Elise

  7. Eek, it looks so fresh! I seriously love all the Benjamin Moore paint options; you can never go wrong!


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