Painting The Cottage: Before And After (And…You Guessed It- Another Video!)

Now that I’ve shared with you all our painting projects, how we chose the color to paint the outside of our house, and our new “family work day” tradition where we got all the trim painted, it’s time to end the suspense and share with you the finished product- in both photos and a video at the end of the post.

For a little extra drama, here’s a reminder of what our house looked like when we moved in six years ago:

House (way) Before

Here it is in all it’s ranch-house glory.

And yes, there is a front door in there somewhere. If you’d like, you can read all about the remodeling and how we found the front door.

House Before

And this is how our house looked just a few short weeks ago. I think it looks a lot more friendly now that guests are able to see not only the front door, but also all the windows.

And do I love my long front porch? In a word, yesssss.

So, we’ve done a little work on this baby to morph it from a run-of-the-mill ranch to a farmhousey cottage (farmhousey? Google is telling me that’s not a word, but I think I like it!).

However, I think this is the most dramatic change of all:

House After

Ta-Da! (cue music…) And isn’t it great that the sun was shining, too?

Do I like it?


I LOVE this Behr Paint Moonlit Yellow and how it practically glows. I wasn’t expecting much of a change on the inside, but a side benefit is that the yellow eaves reflect (deflect?) a lot more light in through the windows than the gray- bonus!

Garage Before

And how about the unfinished garage? I know the neighbors are probably the most excited about this so they can finally quit wondering, “when are they ever going to finish that thing?”

Garage After

No more wondering.

And Behr Paint’s Premium Plus Ultra Paint And Primer In One (whew-that’s a mouthful!) had it’s work cut out for it- it had to cover the gray as well as all the different primed shades on the garage with the lighter color. And it performed well: there are just spots here and there to give a second coat to, but we don’t have to spray the entire house again, which if you’ve ever painted light over dark, you know is amazing.

Back Before

I think the french doors we added really do a lot to help the house be more cottage-like, but the gray was bringing me down.

Back After

Well, no more!

I’m telling you, I can’t believe just changing the color could make it look like a magazine.

OK, if you ignore the green moss growing on the market umbrella, that is.

Back Garage Before

In desperate need of paint…

Back Garage After

Is that cheery to look out on, or what? Although, now I really do have to decide on a light fixture- our temporary one sure stands out now.

I sure like how the green doors look against the yellow. This green is a custom color I’ve used inside as well (which was no problem to have matched with Behr Paint- it came out a perfect match) and I like the yellow undertones of it (versus a gray-toned sage) next to the yellow paint.

Doesn’t the white trim and green plants just pop against the yellow? My whole goal has been to make the house more welcoming, and I sure like how it’s all come together.

What do you think? Would you feel welcomed arriving at this door?

The second video in our painting series is all about the process and the end result. Man, am I glad that process is finished!

Click here to see this video full size on YouTube.


A big thank you to the folks at Behr Paint for providing the paint for this dramatic change at An Oregon Cottage. They provided the Moonlit Yellow paint in their new Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Paint and Primer In One. And we are totally in love with the results!

This is linked to:
Everything But The Kitchen Sink
Show and Tell Friday
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Remodelaholics Anonymous
Feathered Nest Fridays
Hodgepodge Friday

Metamorphosis Monday
Project Parade @ DIY Showoff





  1. Dan says

    The house looks great, yellow. I like the lighter color. And you did not even have to buy the paint. That is awesome! With those colors, you would think a “Duck” lived there. :)

  2. Kristin says

    Paint really does have the power to transform! Love it!
    And yes, Jami. I leave the chippy chairs out all year. Then when they get too wobbly to sit on. I find a cute discrete place to put them and put a pot on them with flowers or ferns. I figure that since they only cost a few bucks I am OK with that! Have a great weekend!

  3. Thoughts for the day says

    I love it… and the video was really cute. I want to come visit…oh yah one is not supposed to invite themselves… :o)
    we are from Oregon too… Yamhill county wine country and we are going to paint our house this spring. Thanks for the tips.

  4. says

    Your freshly-painted cottage looks so welcoming. My sister went from gray to yellow on her home also and it was a magical transformation. I hope now you’ll always feed sunny on those cloudy Oregon winter days!

  5. Ratty Hugs says

    Congrats on breaking the ‘Oregon Paint Law” by painting something other than the ‘required’ gray. I love the crispness of the yellow you chose. It sure pops againt the gray Oregon sky. I like the front porch photo, looks very inviting.

  6. says

    It looks wonderful, the color is so bright and cheery! Your video is GREAT, helpful and fun! Thanks for sharing your ‘NEW’ cottage it’s fabulous! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  7. beth says

    That’s so pretty! I just adore yellow and white houses! And the door reminds me of the front door of our old house in Tillamook, Oregon. I wish I had that door now. It was solid wood and our door now is a cheap Home Depot door. Boo hoo.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!

  8. says

    Oh, I LOVE the yellow! So light and airy and summery! Great choice. Thanks for sharing the transformation! Come back to join the giveaway going on now!

  9. says

    Oh how I love your little country cottage. I too, have a little yellow house, the color yellow “screams” happy doesn’t it? I’m one of your new followers. Can’t wait to read more.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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