If you have been reading our blog for a while, you know that Mr. Autumn and I sold our family home in December and are down-sizing to a 2700 square feet townhouse near downtown. We hired an architect who designed changes we wanted, and we have been in deep drywall dust since then. The crew has been working right along, and we are projecting that move-in day will be mid-May.
Meanwhile, we have made some baby steps, and I will share one with you today. Our townhouse is located in an historic part of town that is overseen by an historic commission. Many outdoor improvements/changes must be approved by them. Keeping the location of our place in mind, we recently purchased our outdoor lighting.
We selected something that is a traditional style with an interesting finish. It is sort of a mixture of bronze, pewter, and brass. That way when one of those metals goes out of style, certainly one of the other ones will come into style.
I don’t know what the previous owner was thinking when he chose the light we replaced. It certainly does not go with the colonial facade of the row of six townhouses. I don’t know how he got away with this choice because I see it as arts and craft or mission style. Don’t you?
The old light
We are really pleased with the way our new light looks, and we hope to get the seal of approval from the commission. I love the way it compliments the brick color and vice versa. It is also so nice and clean since pesky spiders and mosquitos haven’t discovered it yet.
The new light
This close-up shows how the paints are mottled. I bought three waterproof outdoor acrylics in the black, copper, and pewter colors to update the old brass house numbers making their finish as close to the light’s finish as possible. I might also add a touch more pewter to the light so it will blend better with our new door hardware.
A close-up view of the finish.
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