Laurel’s Blah Brown House Gets Curb Appeal

by hookedonhouses on November 1, 2012

When Laurel told me about the house that she’s been renovating, she said, “My biggest worry was once it was finished and we put it on the market, no one would come look at it–it totally lacked curb appeal. After a year of sitting empty, this poor place hadn’t gotten any TLC in a long time. It’s taken 4 months, but we’ve finally completed the exterior of our Diamond in the Rough. And we don’t think it’s ‘rough’ any more!”

I don’t either. Take a look at it now:

It’s amazing how much better it looks with the new colors, entry, and landscaping. When they removed the vinyl siding, they were excited to find cedar shakes underneath. HGTV’s Refuge Blue paint from Sherwin Williams makes the door really stand out. And the new window breaks up that big wall above it.

Here’s a close-up of the front door before:

And now:

So much better! They also added a charming new stepping-stone path to the front door, a picket fence, and an arbor. Visit Laurel’s blog SoPo Cottage for more photos and details about her “Diamond in the Rough,” before and after.

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P.S. You can see Laurel’s former home here:

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Christina from Dallas November 1, 2012 at 7:05 am

Really a great makeover. The new window really stands out as well as the blue door. Hope it will sell quick.

Lisa64801 November 1, 2012 at 7:10 am

Wow! The transformation is amazing, and the freshened up house looks SO charming. Well done!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad November 1, 2012 at 7:21 am

The SIDING made a huge difference, too!!! Love the door color.

Amelia @ House Pretty November 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

I had to do a triple-take! Amazing transformation!

Michele November 1, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love how they kept the old brick steps by just power washing them – really gives the reno character. Great job!

Amy November 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

Wow!!! What a difference! Just beautiful!

Amy November 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

It’s interesting how much different it looks with just a few changes. The new sidelights and change in window placements remove the whole “enclosed to keep out the weather feeling to the entrance to the house, making it feel much more organic. What a nice job-and I’m sure there was a lot of deliberation.

House Crazy Sarah November 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

WOWZERS! Great choices on the siding & colors! The house really pops now! But it is still recognizable as the same house. Fantastic job Laurel!

Terri November 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

I love stories like this. Love to see an old ugly house transformed, a very green thing to do. Not sure if you have ever seen this website/facebook blog. It is one of my favorites, after Hooked on Houses of course!!

hookedonhouses November 1, 2012 at 9:16 am

That is a good one! Thanks, Terri.

Deb J November 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

What a difference. Very nice work. It appears that all the windows have been replaced, and the one above the front door was added. Definitely worth the work and expense. I love your blog and stories like this!

Delores November 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

What a fabulous transformation. Love the shingles and the new pediment over the door. Would love to see more of this house. I’m sure it will sell quickly now!

Melinda November 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

I admit, I wouldn’t have ever even clicked on the original picture in a MLS listing. Wow, what a transformation!

Laurel@SopoCottage November 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

That’s the nicest thing you could have said Melinda – we were hoping it would look nice enough that folks would come see it now. I had a hard time persuading my husband to go see it in the first place!!!!

Laurel@SopoCottage November 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Thanks so much everyone!!! It’s been 4 months in the making, but it’s finally looking like we always thought it could! I hope to have more interior photos on our blog in the next few weeks as we wrap up the inside work.

cbean November 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Looking forward to it. If you could transform the outside to be this charming and welcoming, I would expect the interior to be equally warm and inviting. (:

Kim November 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

It’s interesting how the littlest changes can make a big difference. Great transformation!

KellyD November 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Fabulous! I absolutely love the front door color, I thought red was my favorite but now I love that blue. Great job!

Catherine November 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

That looks wonderful! I would go look at that house in a heartbeat.

Erin November 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Wow, this is fantastic! I love seeing an ugly ducking transformed into a beautiful swan! I always wonder why anyone would cover gorgeous shingles w/ vinyl siding, but those shingles make all the difference. I admire people with this kind of vision. I would have taken a look at the original and thought it was a lost cause, but the new entry & the beautiful paint colors really make this a charming home! I’m dying to see what they’ve done w/ the interior. I’m going to pop over now and check it out!

Edwina November 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm

It looks fantastic! There’s no better feeling (to me) than finding hidden treasures that have been covered over with dodgy renovation, like the shingles here.


Sarah November 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

So glad you listed the paint color, I’ve been trying to pick one for my front door and this one is amazing!

Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel November 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

Took the words right out of my mouth. That blue front door looks great and provided me something to think about. I have been wanting to paint our door chartreuse… but maybe “Refuge” would be better.

Karen November 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

What a lovely transformation.

Bridgette November 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

I was looking at the houses you help fix up. I just want to know how I can go about getting help with my home. I am a new homeowner and didnt know much about buying a house. My inspector didn’t give me a good deal, now I’m having to get a new roof, electrical work and other things done. I just wanted a place for me and my child to make great memories. That’s going to take time. So I’m hoping and praying I can get some help on fixing up my house into our dream home.

Dina November 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Lovely new look, great job. However, as a professional garden designer I would pull the planting beds out by another couple of feet (or more) and edge with undulating lines to embrace the entrance path. The tight beds put the plants too close to the foundation and they will suffer in a few years from what we call “flat back”. Plus, a deeper bed would balance the height of the house and help nestle the structure into the landscape. Anyone in a similar situation might want to check out books like “Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass” by Liz Primeau or Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love by Julie Moir Messervy for some ideas.

Alie B November 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Totally adorable! Excellent transformation! :-)

Blake November 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

WOW! And that door color really suits this house well

Eco Handyman May 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Amazing work! I bet it took a lot of work but the end result is amazing! It definitely has curb appeal now!

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