Hey folks we painted our house! Yup, finally after how many years… Paint does wonders!
We actually painted the siding last fall, shortly after Clara was born. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at picking paint for the interior of our house but finding the right color for the outside was hard. We tested quite a few samples and I was still unsure if it was what I wanted but we decided to just go for it.
We let Lottie help with painting samples on the house. I was dying a little inside because it wasn’t a tidy process, but thankfully we survived. I was able to clean up the drippy paint with another paintbrush. She had a great time and it was probably good for me to practice letting go a little.
One Saturday in late October, Ben was able to get a group of guys together for a painting party. My dad, brother, uncle and one of Ben’s guy friends all helped out. I didn’t paint but I supervised the painting and took care of small children.
To be honest, I didn’t love the color at first. One thing I didn’t take into account was our roof color. It was a lighter gray than the house and it just made everything look so gray. Once we started painting the trim white it helped the house not look so blah.
I had high hopes that we would get the whole house and some of the trim painted before the day was out. Although the guys did get the whole house painted, the trim didn’t get done. The next weekend, Ben and Mark (a friend and neighbor) helped Ben start to paint the trim Ivory Lace by Sherwin Williams.
I did decide that Ivory Lace was a bit too creamy for the trim. I felt like it clashed with the flashing on house. We could have painted the flashing, which probably could use a freshening up. However, we chose the easier option and got a new paint color. I decided to stick to a whiter color so we went with Pure White by Sherwin Williams. The weather turned cold and wintery so we weren’t able to finish the trim until this spring. It took Ben three Saturdays in a row to get all done. I tried to help the first weekend but it was just too difficult to do with the kiddos around. So, I was on child duty and Ben was on painting duty. It felt like it was the never ending project, but we did finally finish and it looks so nice!
We are planning to use Ivory Lace in the basement because the walls down there could use some fresh paint.
Despite having spent so many weekends in a row painting the house, we decided to continue the party by freshening up the front porch with the leftover trim paint. But more on that later! For now just look at the difference a little paint can make to an old bungalow.