Good Afternoon!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! I know it’s been a little quiet on the blog, I’ve just been super busy with a lot of things. Working full time and having a family, plus the side home decorating business and running a blog can get super overwhelming so I’m trying to manage it the best I can! I’m working on some great houses for you right now so I look forward to sharing with you soon! Today, I wanted to share with you the power of power washing your house. This can make SUCH a huge difference and transform your house for a few hundred dollars. I had my house power washed and my doors and trim painted about a year and a half ago. You’ll see in the after photo how well it’s holding up. Living in New England, the weathered shingle look is very much in on the sides of the house, but when you have a whole house shingled you need to care for the front and back. I wanted my whole house to be one color, so I had the entire house power washed and then stained a natural color. This was the best decision I could’ve made. I went back and forth with the idea of painting the entire house, but the cost was way out of my budget. So instead I decided to clean up the shingles, seal it and paint the trim white to make it pop! Come take a look at the transformation..
You’ll see in this photo above how much the shingles are weathered and dirty. Underneath my porch my husband had power washed to get an idea if we wanted to do the entire house. It was a no brainer after we saw it. look at the difference from up top to down below. Also, you can see this in this photo that the trim had begun to be painted here. If you look to the right of the photo and right below, you will see the blue trim that the house originally had when we purchased it.
The power washing only take a few days, and then they spray a sealant on it to make it last a little longer. You can see here as well the original blue trim.
Look at the difference in this photo? Do you see the one section that is so dark, that is where they hadn’t pressured yet. Holy Moly!
This is the final product! I love how much brighter it is now. And this has held up for a while, so I think the sealant is the key to keeping it cleaned. You can see a little bit more around my house from my recent Summer backyard Tour or my Exterior Fall Tour last year. Moral of the story, invest in a power washer, or hire someone to do it. It will clean up so much around your house. Use it on fences, walk ways, shingles, decks, siding, and so much more! You can even rent one for the day from your local Home Depot or Lowes. Hope you found a little inspiration here today!
Sealant- Sherwin Williams- Chestnut Stained
Trim- White D0ve by Sherwin Williams
Door Colors- In the Navy by Sherwin Williams
Adirondack Chairs- Custom Similar, here
Pillows- Old, H&M Similar here