May 9, 2013

She’s Moody

We painted the house. And I’ll be honest, I’m really wishing I was our neighbor across the street, just so I could gaze at all of it’s loveliness every day. Every day, all day. It’s good. Really good. Of course, I’m biased. So, have a look for yourself :)

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We shared the depths of our plans for the new color scheme earlier this week, so I’ll just expand slightly. Obviously, we went dark. The new colors are all neutral, but play off each other nicely to give quite the statement. We wanted something a little warmer than a true gray for the trim, so we went for a charcoal with some green/brown undertones. I can hardly say that though, because in person it just looks like a warm gray.. there’s no green or brown about it.

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The charcoal is probably my favorite part of the transformation. Which is convenient, since it’s the color we used the most. We’ve yet to paint the sides of the house, where we’ll use more of the charcoal to cover the soffits. The roof and gutters are also on the to-do list, needing a fresh coat of black. And we’ll be sure to share all of the roof details as we tackle them, but that’s a post of it’s own.

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You can kind of get an idea of the purple tones we’re hoping to bring in with landscaping. The flowers on that bright bush (below right) are the shade we’re going for, so we’re hoping to salvage it. Maybe just scale it back a tad. Everything else.. must go.

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As far as the process went.. we spend about two days painting the front facade, using a sprayer. Outside of the specific paint colors, we used Sherwin Williams’ ‘Resilance’ paint in a flat finish. The spraying was super quick and easy, but the prep… ugh, the prep. We taped off every area using brown masking paper (around $2 a roll, which has covered everything so far) and some basic painters tape. Each color variation meant more taping, above and below. Mind you, this was also on the two windiest days Cincinnati has seen all year. We had to tape the paper on all sides to keep the wind from ripping it away. So yea, spraying paint in the wind trying to avoid destroying our home, neighbors’ homes, and cars. That was fun. Either way, it was much faster than using the good ol’ brush and roller. I think.

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(our little helper)

With such an abundance of painting projects coming up, and large ones at that, Ricky and I had been discussing the purchase of a paint sprayer for quite some time. Well, we finally bit the bullet when we spotted the Ryobi cordless sprayer, marked down from $185-ish to $130 at Home Depot. It was an impulse buy. We needed a sprayer, it was on sale, we trust the brand for other power tools, easy decision.

Had I taken the time to look at any one single online review (there are pages upon pages) I would have quickly run in the other direction at the mass amount of negativity. Long story short (since SO many others have already covered this same topic) we made the same mistake and bought the crappy sprayer. It’s working okay for our outdoor painting, where the finish doesn’t need to be perfect, but it’s not going to cut it for nearly anything else. Furniture? Not a chance.

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So, that’s my little vent. Don’t buy it. What should you buy? I’ll share it when I find it. Moving on.

Or should I say, backwards? You know I love a good side-by-side before and after. Let’s look back to to the day we closed on our home :)

BEFORE:

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And AFTER:

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Truly, it’s more of a progress shot, since we know there are plenty more updates in the near future. But, it’s come quite a long way since day one. Checking one more off the to-do list :)

Replace the rotting header above the garage
Give the porch column a smooth coat
Add a railing to the side of the porch
• Build new window shutters
Paint the exterior of the house
• Paint the roof (yes, we’re doing that)
• Remove ALL landscaping in the front yard and replace it with something more modern
• Landscape around the mailbox and post light
• Build window boxes for the front of the house
• Do something about that driveaway
• Hire someone to remove the FIVE trees that have fallen over during wind storms
• Replace damaged wood and paint the swing set
• Repair and paint the backyard shed

Now, we just need it stop raining so we can paint this mismatched sides of the house.. It’s like we tried to paint in the Spring or something?

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20 thoughts on “She’s Moody

  1. Tina B

    Love the new colors on the house! It looks so fresh! I also like the trees that line the front of your home…do you know what kind of trees they are?

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks, Tina :) I think the trees are sycamore maples.. With the little helicopter that fall from them? Maybe someone else could chime in with this one… Haha.

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  2. Mandy

    Seriously, I’m IN LOVE with the colors. They’re so well coordinated and really compliment the brick! Love Love Love it!

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  3. jessvii

    Lovely colors – great job! They go so well together. Small comment – paint the roof?! Ever since my parents re-did their roof about ten years ago, I am always checking out people’s roofs and trying to guess how much longer they’ll last, etc. Roofs cost so much money. I can’t say I’ve ever seen someone’s that’s painted. I am sure there’s a good, logical reason not to paint it, but I’m not technical enough to know what that is. Regarding your driveway project – keep us posted. We have a crumbling concrete driveway and need to repair it (or replace it) in an affordable way.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Yes, roofs are quite the investment, a huge reason why we aren’t planning to replace it just for aesthetic reasons. Roof paint is actually quite a popular method in warmer regions (lightening the color to reflect the heat), just not so well-known in most other areas. We’ll be sure to share plenty of details on this topic as we go! That goes for the driveway too :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  4. Meg

    Is your garage door the newer plastic type? How well did the paint stick? I will finish painting the trim and siding of my house this spring/summer and I want to tackle painting the garage door too.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      The garage door is older and I believe it’s aluminum. The paint didn’t have any problems sticking to it. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  5. Wilma

    Your house looks amazing. As for the sprayer, take it back. Complain. You will get your money back. I’ve done this with shoddy products, even when open/used (otherwise, how would you know it’s shoddy?), and I have always been able to return them. Good luck, even if you decide to keep it!

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  6. Stacie @ Hometwon Perch

    That turned out great!

    My husband also learned the hard way about how useless those cheap paint sprayers are. You should have seem the man-sized temper tantrum that ensued. We have since bought a spray gun attachment that works with our air compressor combo kit. SO much better! Give that a shot.

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  7. Dan Cox

    I am, or was the neighbor across the street enjoying your house’s loveliness. I think all of the wonderful things you have done helped sell my house more quickly than it would have had you and Rick not moved in and went to work in hyper speed. You have made the whole neighborhood better. Thanks, I wish you guys had moved n a long time ago!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks, Dan! We’re loving the neighborhood, but sad to see you go! Enjoy the next house :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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