Friday, November 21, 2014

She's All Grown Up!

This adorable house is the place that has been getting my blood, sweat, and tears over the past few months. The weather is changing for the worst in the South, so I had to get on the exterior. I don't think I can properly express how difficult it was to pick paint colors that weren't in the brown family to coordinate with both the stone and brick, and at one point I almost decided to paint either one just so that the decision would be a bit easier.

The main issue was that every color that I did choose looked great on the large swatches... but once painted onto the surfaces they changed. The perfect grey with green and yellow turned purple. The tans and taupes for the gables all turned bright white. It just wasn't working.

One of the painter's had a swatch deck, and I quickly choose the darkest green-grey I could find and stuck with the only taupe that didn't turn white for the gables. The green-grey did change a bit... it's much more blue than I anticipated. And the taupe turned tan. But I couldn't be happier with the result. All of the green is gone, and this adorable house finally looks all grown up.

A note on a small dilemma: Who ever painted the light green used a sprayer and no shields, and got the green paint all over the brick and stone. It was especially bad around the base of the house (the green ranged from halfway up the first brick to covering entire bricks all the way around the house). I attempted a few different ways of getting the paint off, but nothing worked. So I opted to paint the first layer of brick over the concrete base all the way around (you'll notice this in the last photo). Honestly, I think it grounds the house even more than if no paint had ever gotten on the brick while giving it a bit more character. So for anyone with this same dilemma, don't be afraid to cover up what you have to.

1 comment :

G said...

Great job beautiful.