If you are following us on Instagram and Facebook you’ve probably seen sneak-peeks of our latest project. We have painted the exterior of our home. And this time when I say “we” I DON’T mean Brooks and I. That’s the best part of this project. It was completed without either of us raising so much as a paint brush. Funny story; I was contacted by a guy several months ago who owned a painting company. He needed some marketing advice and a new website. I initially told him I was too busy to help him, but something kept playing in the back of my mind. It was Brooks’ continuous dialogue of the last 2 1/2 years saying “We need to paint this exterior brick”.
When we bought THIS HOUSE that wasn’t for sale 2 -1/2 years ago, Brooks kept saying how much he hated the exterior. It was brown brick, brown roof, brown windows, brown gutters. It just blended into the landscape. We both agreed that the house needed to be painted, but that was a BIG TICKET item and we were still working on other projects that had a higher priority. So when Bud called me from Hisway Painting I couldn’t help but think that maybe I should stop and listen to what he had to say. Bud and his wife Eileen were delightful. I knew right away that God had a hand in bringing us together. We struck a deal on how we would work together and then moved forward.
Choosing Exterior Paint Colors
Making a paint color decision for the exterior of your home is a BIG DEAL. It’s something you don’t want to get wrong. As I said earlier, it’s a BIG TICKET item. I help people choose paint colors every single day but when it came to my own home I was paralyzed, afraid I’d make the wrong choice. I decided to call in an expert, my friend Gen Sohr of Pencil and Paper Development Co. She met me at the house and immediately had a vision. In under an hour I had a paint color and a clear vision. She mentioned things I never would have thought of like painting all of the electrical boxes the same color as the house, and not using a secondary accent paint color. She said if it is not a significant architectural feature, paint it the same color as the house. If I hadn’t of had her, I would have probably painted the trim on the garage doors a second color as well as the columns on the front of the house and that would have been a mistake. I also wouldn’t have thought to leave the eaves brown which is one of the things I love most about how this house turned out. She also suggested that I clean up the front porch and remove the glass doors. It made a huge difference. She made a few more suggestions for the back of the house that I haven’t been able to do yet, but hopefully can get to next year. We did have the decks stained very dark per her suggestion.
Now that the house is painted we are enjoying the feedback we are getting from everyone. The neighbor’s are stopping by to tell us how much they love it. My friend Nancy said,
“Now you finally have yourself a house.”
And best of all, Brooks is finally happy with our home. I am in love!!! It went from a non-descript ranch that disappeared into the landscape to a fresh modern mid-century-esque statement home.
The paint colors we used were:
- Exterior: Delicate White by Porter Paints (color matched at Sherwin Williams)
- Front Door: Front Door Paint in Fortunate by Modern Masters
- Front Porch Ceiling: Wythe Blue- Benjamin Moore (color matched at Sherwin Williams_
- Deck Stain: Shagbark by Sherwin Williams
If you live in the Nashville area and you are looking for a great company to do your exterior or interior painting, please check out my new friends at Hisway Painting. If you are in need of painted cabinets, decorative painting, faux finishes or stenciling, we would love to talk to you. Please click on the contact page to send us a message.
Stay tuned. Next week I’ll share with you all the details on the front porch makeover.