Our White Farmhouse Exterior Makeover

white farmhouse exterior
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It has been a long time dream of mine to own a white farmhouse. When we purchased our home 5 years ago I felt like I was almost there. We moved into our new farmhouse, it wasn’t the white I dreamed of but at least we were getting closer. 5 years ago I dreamed of painting my home but with being 8 months pregnant and trying to get used to our mortgage payment we decided to wait. One thing led to another and here we are 5 years later and I can finally say we have completed our dream white farmhouse exterior makeover!

I can’t say the experience was easy. I second guessed myself constantly, wondering if white was really the best choice for our home. I worried about all the leaves and pollen in our neighborhood and how that would look. I worried that the white would show all the imperfections of our 117 year old farmhouse. I worried because family and friends had strong opinions about other colors that would “fit” my house a bit better.

white farmhouse exterior

Needless to say I stuck with my gut and went with the white.

And I am so happy I did.

white farmhouse exterior

As the first coat of primer started to be sprayed on I could see the transformation.

Since we were trying to stick to our budget we decided to keep our wood door it’s natural color. We sanded it a bit and stained it a bit lighter. I think eventually we might try to go even lighter.

white farmhouse exterior

On the exterior and side door we decided to paint them black. We love the contrast of black and white and couldn’t have been happier with the choice. I love how it gives my white farmhouse exterior a little bit of a modern touch.

white farmhouse exterior

I decided on a light gray for the porch floor. That was kind of a pain because my original color was way too light so they had to repaint. I love this color. I am worried about the dirt that will show but overall I think I am going to be really happy with the brightness of it all. I already notice my living room seems brighter from the reflection off my porch.

I spray painted my planters black and added two big ferns.

farmhouse door mat

I used the door mats I already owned.

And my fence got a fresh new coat.

I found a gorgeous new Farmhouse light fixture that fit perfectly.

farmhouse light fixture

And that is it. Simple and sweet and exactly what I wanted.

Want to see the entire transformation?


yellow farmhouse


white farmhouse exterior

We are just over the moon with how the how our white farmhouse exterior turned out. We love this house and are so excited to make this our dream home!

Have you painted your house before? What color did you go with? Let me know in the comments below.

If you like the porch floor color here is a picture of the custom mix:

porch floor color

Want to read about other projects we are doing around the house? CLICK HERE

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  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    It looks so good! I was hoping you’d puck white!!

    • Reply
      Diana Blinkhorn
      March 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      I was actually surprised any guessed a color other than white ;)

  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I love it!! 😍😍What color white did you use? We have a white painted brick house with black shutters. Love the combo too! I wish we could do a natural wood door like that too- ours is aluminum or something 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Reply
      Diana Blinkhorn
      March 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      It is extra white, so basically just out of the can :) We almost painted the front door and i’m so glad we didn’t. Maybe one day we will add shutters just like you!

  • Reply
    Carolynn Smith-Jones
    March 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I love it!!! So happy for you! And love the blog 💕

  • Reply
    Sarah Phillips
    March 27, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    It’s so perfect! You really nailed it, friend. So happy for you!

  • Reply
    kara Lee
    May 25, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    what color gray did you use on the porch floor?

    • Reply
      Diana Blinkhorn
      May 27, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Kara,
      So this was a custom color that my house painter created. There was a lot of trial and error. I have a picture of the manual selection so you can copy it. I will add the picture to the end of the post for you! I will say I would probably go darker if I could do it again. It shows a lot of imperfections and I do have to clean more than I would like ;)

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