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Mum’s the Word

Last fall, I planted a few small mums in the bed across the front of our house. These were just a few bucks a piece at Lowe’s. And I splurged on two of the large, $39.99 mums for the pots by the front porch:

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The plan was to enjoy them during the fall and winter, then plant something else in the spring. But I was busy and a little lazy and that never happened. The mums stayed green all winter, and by spring, I had big, round ball-shaped shrubs all the way across the front of the house:

The House | Rosemary on the TV

They didn’t look too terrible, and I didn’t really get a chance to do anything else, so I let them grow. By summer, they were waist high! In July, I trimmed them back once, until they were about a foot tall. By last month, they were huge again. AND NOW:

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

WHAT?! They are even bigger and yellower than the $39.99 mums I planted in pots last year (though, I still have those as well!). With sixteen of these bad boys, if I were to go to the store and buy them this size, it would cost me more than $600. A lesson in laziness, friends. For funsies, here’s a look back at the house over time:

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The first time we ever saw it.

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

Right after we bought it and had a new roof installed (thanks Google Street View!)

The House | Rosemary on the TV

After our big landscaping project.

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

And now, with a fresh paint job and a ridiculous amount of yellow mums. Next up: black shutters!

Takin’ it Outside: Part 2

Previously on Rosemary on the TV:

Painting the House Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV

Aaron and I decided to paint the house. So I made this mockup of what our house would look like with the wood paneling painted gray and the white shutters switched out for black ones.

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

This is what we started with. Things were looking shabby.

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

So we scraped and sanded. Then it rained for a week.
Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

When the rain stopped, we primed. Then it rained for another week. And when the rain stopped this time:

Takin' it Outside: Part 2 | Rosemary on the TV

We painted! We chose Summit Gray by Sherwin Williams. We wanted a gray that didn’t have many blue undertones, since it would going with our dark red brick. It turned out to be the perfect color. It doesn’t feel cold at all.
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Painting the House Part 2 | Rosemary on the TV

Painting the House Part 2 | Rosemary on the TV

Painting the House Part 2 | Rosemary on the TV

I love the way it turned out. It’s warm and welcoming and looks great with the yellow front door! We’re not quite finished though. We’ve primed the white trip around the doors and windows and across the top, but we haven’t painted it yet. I think when I paint it, I’ll also give the metal edging of the storm door a coat of white paint too. You can do that, right? Have any of you ever painted a storm door?


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