Instant Curb Appeal Adding Carriage Hardware
One of the quickest ways to add instant curb appeal to your home, is by installing carriage hardware to your home elevation. This was a simple weekend project that you do with out breaking the bank.
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I have always admired stately homes that have tons of curb appeal. I have always been drawn to old southern farm homes, partially the historic ones you see in Savannah and Charleston. When we were building our home I started assessing what it was that drew me to these home elevations. Of course, I love the old gas lamps, and the oversized haint blue sitting porches. I also noticed that the carriage hardware on shutters was something that I consistently gravitated to as well.
I decided I would have to add these completely non functional pieces to my new home. Sadly, like many of my home dreams, I realized this was not a option that my builder offered. So, I did my research and discovered that this would be a very easy aftermarket add on. So it went on my “to-do” home improvement list.
Designer Tip: make sure you have HOA approval if your community requires it. One consideration I had to keep in mind is to make sure they would match my existing carriage hardware on my garage doors. I wanted it to match and look as if it was all installed at the same time. I lucked out and I was able to order this fantastic, faux carriage style Vinyl Decorative Hinge Kit.Upon doing some research while trying to purchase faux carriage hardware, I realized that you can get a variety of faux carriage hardware that can be glued on to the shutters with an outdoor epoxy. We used Liquid Nails LN-2000 9 oz. Fuze It All Surface Construction Adhesive, Gray. This would allow us to add the hardware without drilling any permanent holes into the brick and mortar. This is a good option for anyone that might change their mind or want to remove them at any point. So you are not left with ugly holes in areas that would be difficult to patch.
This project was supper simple and only took about a half a day to install. As you can see you do not need any power tools or carpentry skills at all. In fact we did not even need a ladder to install the the upper windows, we just removed the screens and leaned out to affix the hardware on to the shutters. It was really that simple. The perfect weekend project where you get a designer upgrade but still have time to enjoy your weekend too.
Pro Tip- If your shutters bow or are uneven, you may want to use blue painter’s tape to hold the brackets flush until the glue dries. Which takes approx. 30-40 minutes to dry, and 3-4 hours to cure.
The one thing you need to make sure of is how to line up the hinges. Since we have rustic batten board, farmhouse shutters; all we had to do is center the hardware on the cross boards. If you do not have these kind of shutters I would recommend measuring 2-3″ below the top of the window frame. This is where the you would naturally find functioning shutter hardware. Since this hardware is non functional it mounts easily to the shutter with the wrap around cuff. We actually ended up trimming ours down a bit to fit onto the shutter flush. This is because of where we chose to mount the hardware. Normally you only have the thickness of one board and it would touch the brick.
The final step is to mount the bottom scrolls. Remember these would normal twist to release the shutters to close if they were functional. Keeping that in mind, we measured 1″ over from the edge of the shutter. The brackets are labeled Left and Right so you get them placed on the correct sides.
BEFORE & AFTER
As you can see from the Before and After photos below, it is a very subtle add on. However, it still gives the house a lot more character with additional curb appeal. The more curb appeal your home has, the better the value of your home if you ever try to place it on the market. So small adds like this will pay off further down the road when you might be trying to sell your home.
Side Note: I would also like to take this opportunity to point out the difference natural light makes on exterior home paint colors and brick. I know this is very off topic but, I think this is the perfect opportunity to illustrate how lighting effects everything. As you can see the morning light makes everything more gray in the before picture. While the afternoon light for the after picture makes that same siding and brick appear warmer, keep this tip in mind when picking out a paint color.
Ron’s Tool Box:
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