It had taken a while to decide whether or not to get my house painted. This year’s stormy weather didn’t help as some of the old paint started to chip off.
I knew at some point I was going to have to hire someone to do this work because a) bugs automatically gravitate towards me and I get bitten in minutes, b) the heat, and c) it would involve ladders.
I got a few bids to be smart as I started to wade through paint swatches. (I’m really happy I waited because a couple years ago, I had wanted a bright, spring green color with dark brown trim which would have clashed with my existing brick façades.)
I found a painter that wasn’t the least expensive, nor was he the most expensive. He was able to not just do the prepwork, he replaced some siding that was rotted or was rotting out.
So the before picture (this was the official listing photo for the house 4 years ago):
With the help of my friend Sanders, I was able to narrow down my colors. I wanted a clean look and decided not to use a separate trim color for the fascia and the shutters like before. I wanted one color (a grayish color for the body that didn’t clash with the brick) with a bit of pop around the front door and the same color was to be used on the patio door. According to some really BASIC research on feng shui, the best color would be bluish to represent water.
I got samples and painted them onto a piece of foam board (with Puck supervising).
Then put it out to look at the colors during different times of the day. I had a feeling San Antonio Gray was the best match when I taped the little sample square onto the house one weekend. This just confirmed it. It was the blue that was harder to pick but in the end, Ash Blue was the winner.
One of the first things he did was remove the decorative railing on the porch. The posts had started to rot at the bottom and since they weren’t load bearing, I decided I didn’t want them anymore. Then some siding panels were replaced (one section looked as though mushrooms were growing from it.) 😦 After pressure washing the house, even more paint peeled off, giving my house a really dilapidated, hobo look to it.
There was a lot of bondo, sanding, and sealing after that. (The second picture is the porch without the railing now.)
Then I came home to a painted house! First thing I noticed was NO MORE ORANGEY COLOR! 🙂
View from inside the house looking towards the porch.
Then came the blue:
It looks great though now I will need to really start working on the curb appeal and landscape the yard a little.