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Beautiful Essex Green Coastal House Trim

Hello and welcome to the Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop hosted by AnnMarie & Anne from Simply2Moms! If you’re visiting from Jodi at Lyndale Drive or if you just happened to stop by, I’m so glad you’re here.


Hi, I'm Ann and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I'm so glad you came to visit us here today in coastal Maine for the summer. I hope you will become a regular over here at Dabbling & Decorating!

My blog is all about home and vintage decorating ideas, where I share everything from our winter Vermont Home to our summer Coastal Maine Family Cape that we are currently renovating. We luv all things antique and vintage around here! And I can't forget about our Bernese Mountain dog, Ella who also pops in from time to time...

Today we are in coastal Maine working on home renovations. To read more about our coastal Maine home that we inherited from my parents this past fall and all its renovations, please join me HERE, where you may also follow the series "In My Mother's Home..."

It's been almost 30 years since the trim on this old house has been painted or updated. And I have been eyeing the Essex Green from Benjamin Moore on coastal New England homes for a long time now. It's such a classic New England color combination partnered with weathered shingle siding. Together they create a beautiful and rich coastal vibe. This is where we began the process of painting the trim, as well as cleaning the weathered shingles. Today I'm sharing the Essex Green trim with you, along with some shingled sides that we started to clean and will soon be sealed to preserve them for years to come. Once it is all completed I will have a follow-up post to this with an outdoor home tour.

Here are a few BEFORE shots ~ where you can see the faded color and wear and tear of the existing trim and shingles. Click on photos to enlarge.

Welcome to the Front Door!

Here is the front door that enters into the home.

An old buoy and bell collected by my mother hang on each side of the door.

These shingles have been washed and the bottom shingles will need to be replaced.

I hope this captures well, the essence of the coastal vibe we are going for in this renovation.

Welcome to the Backyard!


This new DIY Grilling Station made out of an old dresser, barn wood, and shutters that we also painted an Essex Green.

The windows and shingles in this photo are before shots.

A vintage toolbox that I picked up antiquing in Vermont on my way to Maine.

And I didn't even paint it!

A teak dining table that will last us for years, that we will allow weathering into a beautiful coastal gray.

Two old lounge chairs that were my parents. That works just fine for us for now.

Here the Essex Green trim is complete on all windows and doors except for the fourth window on the right.

The sunroom, which is on the right, shingles have been washed, however not yet sealed.

See how that Ella keeps popping in:) And at her feet is the red toy that she requests treats in...

Welcome to the Second Front Door!

The front of the house is where most of the work really needs to be done on the shingles. There is also a second old fashion door that covers this front door in the wintertime. I decided to remove it in the summers for two different looks. This door is not used to enter or exit the home.

Some added landscaping and stone to the walkway will jazz the front of this home right up. Coming up soon!

And the bottom shingles will need to be replaced here as well.

The shingles in this photo have been cleaned, but not sealed yet.

Welcome to the Garage!

I just luv the antique lighting that adorns the home. It's held up very well for 30 years.

And the patina with the Essex Green is so complimentary.

Of course, my husband's old 1977 Ford 150 truck is a favorite for us all to drive around.


Coming soon, restoring wooden shingles on our coastal Maine home.

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The Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop continues with Shannon at My Little White Barn. You can find links to all the inspiring outdoor spaces below!

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Hi, I'm Ann!

Welcome to Dabbling & Decorating, a home & vintage decorating blog.  I luv sharing decorating tips, vintage and thrift store finds, DIY projects, and antiques from winters in Vermont to summers renovating our coastal Maine family home. And our berner, Ella who pops in from time to time...  I'm so thrilled you stopped by today and hope you will become a regular here at Dabbling & Decorating! 

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"In My Mother's Home."


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