I have done a ton of exterior color projects over the last few months. Who knew! It’s a job I never knew I wanted, but I’m so glad I have lol! Here’s what happened: I posted this suburban home exterior project a few months and since then, my inbox has been flooded with similar requests. Y’all have a lot of exteriors that need painted! I think there’s something really cool that happens when you update your exterior: you fall in love with your home all over again. One of my clients actually said that to me and totally I get it. That sense of overwhelming pride and peace when you pull up… that is worth its weight in gold. Also, it helps when the neighbors “ooh” and “aah” but you know, not that you care about that or anything. 😉
I’ve been able to consult on enough homes now that I’m starting to get “after” photos too, so I thought I’d share two of my favorite projects with you.
The first one is the “after” I shared of the original post. The thing I loved about this project is my client was completely bored of her home and it lacked the “oomph” it once had. She had beautiful landscaping and entryway, but the siding was untouched. She originally thought white might be the way to make a statement, but I directed her in the opposite direction: dark, dark, dark. There is something so magical about dark paint on an exterior and it especially works well when paired with brick of any color/style.
Here’s the thing about dark paint on exteriors: it takes courage. It’s going to look scary dark at the store on the swatch. But what people forget is that super dark paint inside or up close, is going to look a very comfortable level of dark outside in daylight. So if you can get over the “ahhh! that’s dark!” hump, there is joy that awaits you. LOL.
Here is the before.
Here is the mock-up I shared with her.
And here are the afters.
I mean… that is so good, right? We made the decision to paint the door dark too. I love that she kept the sidelights light to keep the entry looking fresh. It looks so modern, so chic…. ahhh. I just love that she loves it mostly. Also, we are benefiting from the fact that her landscaping and containers are fully in bloom and beautiful.
The paint colors used are:
Benjamin Moore Bracken Slate – garage door and all siding
Benjamin Moore Tucker Gray – all trim, soffit, facia and gutters
My second favorite project is on this lovely abode here in the Cincinnati area. The style of home is actually somewhat similar to the first in that it was siding paired with a light red brick. Their biggest fault with the exterior was that it was just so much white.
Here is the before:
They also wanted to pay special attention to their porch, which also had a lot of white. She had the great idea of doing a natural wood ceiling, but just wanted to make sure it all worked together.
Here is the porch before.
I wasn’t exactly sure of my client’s style, so in this case I provided a big range of exterior possibilities. When I do ranges I try to do a pretty large spectrum—from crazy to comfortable—just because sometimes I don’t know where people fall. And I have been surprised before! I took some liberties here too with the front porch (how might the exterior paint transcend to the front porch) garage door and even different style of shutters.
Here are some of the rough mock-ups I provided.
In this case, this client picked the olive green (the last option, two photos up). I was so excited when she picked it, because it was my absolute favorite. Olive/army green is a very new color for the exterior paint world, but it’s so classic too. Plus, it has a dark enough value that it works the same way with brick like the first project above did. I just got photos a few weeks ago of the finished project and it looks great!
Here are the afters.
I mean, did you see that porch? I feel like we need these before and after photos a little closer together.
Here’s the porch before.
And here’s the after.
And here’s the exterior before.
And here’s the exterior after.
Holy cow. It’s like a completely different place. And I can’t take much credit for that awesome porch. I love the stained ceiling they chose.
Paint colors are:
Benjamin Moore Desert Twilight – Siding
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron – Shutters
Sherwin Williams Natural Choice – Trim
If you’re local, the painter they use is Hayes Painting & Remodeling, which they have been happy with. If you’re in the market for some new paint, give ’em a call!