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Keeping up with the exterior!

I am excited to share with you something that we easily put on the back burner because we are so focused on the inside of our home (which is totally ok)! Not only should you keep up with the inside of of your home, you also need to care for the exterior of your home as well… Make it inviting, and the one to stand out on the block!!!

About a month ago, my wonderful parents lent us their pressure washer, as well as our neighbor who lent us his 10 ft. ladder and extendable brush. We are so grateful for all of our helpers! While we obviously have 4 sides to the house, more moisture gets to the north side because of the shade. In saying so, that side was getting film growth and was needing a washing! After a couple of hours power washing (which we got in right before the storm hit us), it looked good as new!

A great and helpful tip for y’all who plan to pressure wash, if your machine is quite powerful, PLEASE squeeze the trigger to allow blowing of water to the side before hitting the siding while on the ladder. If you are not cautious the power could easily kick you off the ladder.

Some of you are asking yourself, what did they do besides pressure washing? Great question. Listed are some other maintenance things that we have done:

  • Cleaning  windows
  • Trimming plants back/replanting/weeding
  • Adding mulch to flower beds
  • Cleaning/repainting exterior door
  • New outdoor lighting
  • Clean, stain/seal decking
  • Added planters

Other things you can do:

  • Inspect and repair roof/gutters
  • Repaint/replace the exterior siding
  • Cleaning fencing
  • Update furniture/padding on furniture
  • Switch up decor on porch/deck
  • Keep up with your landscaping

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful as much as I did while writing it.

 

Switching out your old outdoor light fixtures

One way to increase the curb appeal of your home and make your home safer is to replace those old light fixtures with a bright, and stylish light. That could be replacing ones by your front door, at the side of an entryway, or a light pole… You can easily do this yourself!

For our home, the pre existing, outdoor light-fixtures we had were literally about to fall off. They were so badly rusted that Peter had to break some of the screws in half in order to get the old fixture down. We actually think they were the originals when the house was built, which was 1976!!! Yikes is right!

BEFORE

AFTER

With Summer starting now, it was time to replace them. We waited and waited because we knew this would be a more costly purchase, being that we needed four lights. We searched and finally found the right fixture to fit our home! We wanted more unique and not the typical “barn light” that’s popular right now (nothing against that)! We wanted something easy to clean when needed to, something that was appealing, unique and also being the right color to go along with the house. Thanks to Amazon, we found exactly what we were looking for and it was a twin pack. SCORE!!!!!! So we purchased two, and in the future we will replace the light fixture by our patio door, but that one is still in good shape for now!

P.S. In the picture below I was so excited they arrived a day earlier than expected!!!!!!

I can’t believe we bought these lights for really $35.97 each, they are so beautiful and are great quality. I couldn’t find anything else with this similar style for less than $40 each, hey it’s a $5 difference per light but that still adds up. We are very happy with these lights from Amazon!

Supplies needed:

  • Power drill / Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Outdoor light fixture with hardware and instructions (Here is the link to the light fixture we purchased)
  • Electrical tape
  • Caulk gun (highly recommend)

Installing the light fixture:

  1. BEFORE removing existing light, turn off the circuit breaker on your service panel.
  2. Replace mounting bracket -> The new light fixture should come with the mounting hardware.
  3. Wire the outdoor light -> Included in instructions that come with fixture
  4. Caulk – used as a precaution for bees building nests, and water entering the home where the hole was.
  5. Install the new fixture, then light on top of it.
  6.  Turn electricity back on, and test that it works as expected.

Previously, the fixtures had a 60 watt twist light bulb, they were replaced with NEW 60 watt clear bulbs and they give off a great amount of light for our front porch and walkway, as well as outside our garage. The old were so dim, and didn’t give off much light at all, one of our front porch lights wasn’t grounded, so we actually had a fire hazard that we didn’t realize! But again we haven’t touched those lights since my husband first moved in…. so it was time!!!

So sorry for the ugly caulking around the doors, obvs the previous owners didn’t care, and just slapped it on there… GRRRRR. In the future we plan to put all new siding, and trim on, but for now we are doing the little things first. 🙂 Happy Summer y’all! And happy outdoor projects!!!