This been a huge change that I have been so excited to share with you! I hinted at it when I showed you my rocking chair front porch and some of you guessed the change.
So let’s go back… Here’s our house when we closed on it back in May. Completely overtaken with bushes and what you may not see is how chippy and badly in need of paint the house was. We knew that when buying we would need to repair and paint the exterior of the home.
Removing the bushes, adding the first stage of landscaping, and finding some secondhand rocking chairs for the front porch definitely helped the exterior of the house but paint was still needed.
This is what the underneath of the front and back porch looked like – moldy, chippy and gross!
And I really wanted some more contrast in between the white trim and the house color too. The house was such a light gray that you honestly just thought the house was white with almost no difference between the house and trim.
You can really see how bad the white trim and paint looked in this picture. We negotiated for some trim repairs at closing but paint was something we knew we would have to do soon after buying.
Let me just stop and say that picking out an exterior color was HARD. I lost count at how many samples I got from Sherwin Williams. We wanted a warm gray or a cool beige/brown. But exterior colors are hard in that the sun really washes the house out so you have to go darker than you think, and then of course colors can change so much in shade/sun. We finally settled on a color – Sherwin Williams Elephant Ear
So once again here’s the before…
And here’s the freshly painted house!
Here’s a better shot of the color – it looks more brown in direct sunlight and gray in the shade so it really is a good taupe or warm gray color.
Here’s a bunch of before and after shots together so you can really see the difference.
After. I had the hardest time taking pictures of the house – tried on several different days at different times. I think I need a cloudy day so that I don’t end up with harsh sun or shadows but we haven’t had rain here in months so not sure when we will have a cloudy day anytime soon.
Here’s the garage side of the house after we pulled a bunch of overgrown bushes and did phase of landscaping.
And here’s the new paint!
Back of the house before – you can see where I was trying out a bunch of paint samples on the back trying to find the right one…
And the back after. Just so happy with this new color. And ignore all the rest of the yard. We concentrated on front landscaping this past summer and have a TON of work to do back here so that will be next spring/summers project.
Under the porches before and after…
Front of house before
And the front after! We plan to also do something to the brick in the future. Want to avoid just painting it – but the red brick and red mortar is just not our style at all. So it may be something as little as changing the mortar color, to doing a mortar wash (think German Schmear from Fixer Upper!), or doing some kind of wash. And we have still got to get that massive bush turned tree cut down – ugh, I seriously hate that thing with a passion but we don’t have a chainsaw. So another project for another day.
We did hire this job out – the same painter that I hired to do the living room did the exterior and we were very happy with the work. Love the crisp, clean white trim and how it contrasts so beautifully with the new paint color.
I’d love to know what you think of the new house color! The next time you see this porch it will be all decked for Christmas – can’t wait!