Before-and-After Cottage Makeover

A 1930s Austin, Texas, cottage gets a major overhaul. It's practically unrecognizable — in all the right ways.

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Photography by Ryann Ford; styling by Elizabeth Demos

Cheerful New Colors

Royce preserved most of the original wood siding and updated the look with fresh paint colors: Iron Mountain on the siding and Pale Avocado on the shutters, both by Benjamin Moore. The trim is Gypsum by Pittsburgh Paints. The front porch's deep-seated swing from Design Within Reach is made of recycled plastic, so it's fade-resistant and waterproof. Royce painted the concrete floor gray; try Pelican by Valspar.


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