As I begin to write this post, I am overwhelmed just thinking of where to start with the planning process and the actual doing process. I just want to disclaim that without our neighbors, there is just no way that Ben and I would have been able to do this anytime soon. They literally taught us everything we needed to know and on top of that actually acquired all of the paint. One of the neighbors works for a well known paint store so he knows the drill.

We started by painting 7 different colors on the side of the house to see what color we liked best. My biggest tip for this is 1) Do NOT skip out on this step! Colors look so different on the surface you are going to be painting and you can really get an idea of what it is going to look like. 2) I created a numbering system so that we could easily match the color on the house to the paint can. This was extremely helpful. I labeled the paint tins 1-7 then put little pieces of painter's tape with the corresponding number above each color as we painted.

Here are all the colors we were looking at. We have a craftsman bungalow - so we ended up choosing 5 colors total. I will get into more detail on that later.

Here are all the colors we were looking at. We have a craftsman bungalow - so we ended up choosing 5 colors total. I will get into more detail on that later.

We decided to go with the dark color on the right for the body of the house. We liked the color on the left for the window trim but decided to mix a slightly lighter color for contrast.

We decided to go with the dark color on the right for the body of the house. We liked the color on the left for the window trim but decided to mix a slightly lighter color for contrast.

As I mentioned earlier - we used approximately 5 colors on the actual house - I may be missing one? haha 

  • Base color of the house: Dark Grey
  • Window Trim & Ledges: Light Grey
  • Window Detail: Red
  • Beams: Dark Brown 
  • Ceiling on the Porch: White (with a silver tint)
  • Oh and our deck is blue... now I just need to pick an accent color for the front and back door! Ideas anyone?

Supplies (This is probably not a full list because you always need something else but it is pretty comprehensive):

  • 15-25 paint brushes of varying sizes (We had so many different colors we really used all of these and will probably purchase a few more before we are finished. Also you can always take back the unused brushes.)
  • Rollers + Roller Brushes (We uses 9 inch rollers)
  • Paint tin + inserts for the same size rollers you purchase (The inserts are great for easy cleanup)
  • Several mixing sticks
  • Hammer & screw for opening and closing paint
  • 2-5 5 gallon paint buckets with lids (We used these for cleaning brushes, mixing colors, & spraying the side of the house.)
  • Brown paper (You can find this in the paint section.)
  • Exterior painter's tape (this is much stronger than the indoor paint)
  • Plastic for windows
  • Towels for cleaning up messes (I have a pack of 20 or so from Home Depot for about $7)
  • Power Drill + drill bits (This is to take off storm windows, mail boxes, and anything else that you may encounter.)
  • Brick & Mortar Sealer

We decided to make the main day of painting a party! Ben and I made breakfast burritos and had mimosas ready for our neighbors and our sweet friends, the Baldocks! We somehow convinced Cole & Anna to come and help us for about 8 hours worth of painting an attempting to mount a TV (we will get into that another day! - its not quite funny yet.) We are beyond thankful for their friendship and community.

Ben really loves sausage and onions

Ben really loves sausage and onions

Brunchin'

Brunchin'

 
From Right to Left: Cole, Anna, Me, & Ben (also pictured - Anthony in the background!)

From Right to Left: Cole, Anna, Me, & Ben (also pictured - Anthony in the background!)

 
Our neighbor Rob - rented a sprayer and painted the front of the house in about 1 hour.

Our neighbor Rob - rented a sprayer and painted the front of the house in about 1 hour.

In Progress and a complete mess... but it is our mess!

In Progress and a complete mess... but it is our mess!

 
Ben painting the side of the house!

Ben painting the side of the house!

 

Prep Work: As you can see there is some white paint on the brick. This was where the previous paint had started to bubble. We scraped the paint off then painted a brick and mortar sealer over it prior to painting. In addition, we laid brown paper along the side of the house so that we could spray right up to the edge. We also painted the windows with plastic & used outdoor painter's tape to ensure that no paint got through to the actual window pane. Prep work is important! It is definitely not my favorite, I am so impatient but it is so critical. Also - we painted everything the dark grey and just went over any other details afterwards with the correct colors on the actual window detail.

Before - The day we put a bid on our home.

Before - The day we put a bid on our home.

After/Still In Progress - We still have some more window detail to work on but it is coming along and we are beyond thrilled to see this transformation!

After/Still In Progress - We still have some more window detail to work on but it is coming along and we are beyond thrilled to see this transformation!

Before - You may recognize this photo from the DIY Series: Painting the Deck post!

Before - You may recognize this photo from the DIY Series: Painting the Deck post!

After

After

To be completely honest - we still have several windows that need to be finished with the detail painting and we are working on those in our free time! We committed to each other that the house projects would not completely take over spending quality time with our families & friends. So we take breaks and circle back to it when we are able. The Craftsman style  has a lot of detail on the windows that we are free handing. There is damaged wood and so many other little nuances that slow us down! But for now - there is no more green on our house! Hallelejuah.

  • Number of neighbors who have come over to say they are glad they no longer have to look at the "hideous green": 6+
  • Number of people who honk and throw us the thumbs up as we are painting: 1
  • Number of happy people leaving in a grey house: 4 + 1 puppy

Livin' in the grey zone -

Chelsea
 

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