How Fresh Exterior Trim Can Make a Dynamite Difference

Painted trim accounts for only a small area of the exterior of your home, but it has a major impact on your home’s overall appearance. With the warmer temperatures and gentle breezes of springtime, now is a great time to give that appearance a boost.
But before starting, make sure wood surfaces are carefully inspected for splits and cracks and then have any necessary repairs made. This should be followed by careful surface preparation; sanding, filling, priming and caulking are fundamental to a top-quality paint job.

Now check out these homes to see the dynamite difference fresh trim made – quickly and economically.

Accentuate architectural detail
16432385You don’t have to own a Victorian house to enjoy the beauty of architectural detail. Here, existing decorative brackets, window trim and a shallow recessed panel lend themselves beautifully to a distinctive color treatment.
Make a “welcoming” change to your front door
11611976In so many ways, your home’s entrance is a reflection of you … a welcome sign that speaks of the pride you have in your home. Sprucing up that welcome sign is one of the least expensive things you can do to make a really positive difference in your home’s appearance.
 Choose a stripe of contrasting color
213997Stripes of green on these staid, square columns instantly lighten the mood while adding dimension and interest. Look for opportunities like this to add a spot of contrasting color on exterior painted surfaces. It can make a big difference – and it’s fun!
Spruce up your front steps
20118611Whether your front steps are concrete or wood, they’ll convey a more welcoming vibe when they’re freshly painted to match your porch floor. Today’s exterior floor paints coat either surface beautifully and hold up well even in the harshest weather.
Add structural features
sw06010069Tastefully adding features such as brackets, running trim or dentils (above) can transform a relatively plain house into a stunner. These items are available in a wide range of styles, are easy to install, and open the door to lovely new color.