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Paint Perfection-The Big Reveal!

September 19, 2010

I’ve been keeping you in suspense ever since I told you we were picking paint and had started the long process.  Quite a few of you weighed in on our color choices.  In case you forgot what we were deciding between, here’s a refresher:

Choice 1 was “Graham Cracker,” Choice 2 was “Whole Wheat,” Choice 3 was “Trail Dust,” and Choice 4 was “Wooden Peg.”  Alas, I shall keep you in suspense no longer: we narrowed it down to Graham Cracker and Whole Wheat, and ultimately decided on…..


So, way to go Mom and Wendy, who both guessed correctly.  So, Wendy–a little gift is in the mail for you to say “thanks” for reading the blog, for your encouragement, and for weighing in on the big decision.

Wendy, not only do “you give me a warm and fuzzy feeling” but as many know–scrapbooking is my other passion.  So, a set of custom made cards are your “thank you.”

But, back to the matter at hand.  For those of you that can’t handle the suspense any longer…(cheaters!), go ahead and scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for the BIG REVEAL!!!!  But, since we spent so much time actually creating the finished look (and for those of you, who may like us, actually be insane enough to do this yourself), then here’s how it is done.  (Our house is stucco, so I can’t attest that these methods will work on houses with siding).

1) Check the paint colors you are interested in.  I can’t overemphasize this enough.  We were originally going to buy two samples (Graham Cracker and Whole Wheat), but by the time we got to the store we were so certain that we decided to only pick up one sample.  Painting a small sample on the wall ensures not only that you like the color, but that you like it in different lighting.  We painted it as the sun was going down, so had the chance to see it at night and in the morning before we went back to the paint store to buy the paint.

2) Pressure wash the house.  This not only removes any dirt from the house, but also helps to clear away any debris (did you know that when I was in elementary school I actually thought that this word was pronounced Dee-Briz?) that might be lurking around the foundation of the house.  As per usual, my other half and I took turns on this project:

3) Mask off the areas that you don’t want to have painted.  Some people are “pro” enough that they can cut in with a brush.  Well, that’s us.  Haha, just kidding.  We masked around windows and doors, but we did just use brushes around the foundation and the rest of the trim.

4) Cut in with a brush.  H.o.l.y. c.o.w!  This took FOREVER!

5) Make sure to have fun!

6) Decide whether or not you are going to paint utility boxes and pipes (that are close to the house) the color of the house.  In our case, we weren’t left much choice as many things had already been painted the pink/peach color of the house.  The “after” for this part was awesome!  We didn’t realize how badly the painters before us had done, and how much our house had needed to be painted.

7) Roll the paint on.  I highly recommend using drop cloths for this part.  It helped make clean-up easier, and it allowed us to work more quickly.  I also recommend an extender for your roller.  It makes it much easier to reach the higher areas.  Don’t forget to “back roll” to make sure you aren’t leaving paint lines and “high” places.

8) Enjoy those around you! (Seriously–could he be any cuter?  He absolutely LOVED getting to hang around with us all day long…for four days!)

And now…the moment we have all been waiting for–VICTORY!  Here is a comparison to really give you a great idea of the before and after:

And here it is…all by itself to give you a great idea of what great taste we have in paint color (just kidding!):

What do you think?  Was it totally worth it?  For 4 days worth of labor (two people working for 35 hours each, for 70 man hours total), and for about $300 in supplies–would you think about doing it yourself?  We’d love to hear if you’ve ever undertaken a task like this yourself!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    September 19, 2010 8:07 pm

    Wow, WoW, and WOW! It looks amazing! You did a wonderful job. Lots of hard work, but worth the effort. You know darn well that doing it yourself allows those “A” personality traits to thrive, and you will be much happier with it than if you’d had someone else do it. As I told you, Daddy and I painted our house in Hastings (iced tea and lemon), and 9 years later when we went back it was the same colors and still looked great!

  2. September 19, 2010 8:20 pm

    Katie and think this is awesome!! Bravo. Lots of hard work and I love the color. Congrats on all your jobs.

  3. katie permalink
    September 19, 2010 8:21 pm

    Well, you already know my reaction cause Trist and I cheated and saw your house already, but I’ll say it again… AMAZING! The house looks way more fancy dancy and expensive too! All the work you guys do really does pay off! ps love the play by play descriptions!

  4. barb pond permalink
    September 20, 2010 4:57 am

    AWESOME! What a difference this makes on the total look of the house. I always have liked a contrast between the paint and trim–looks so professional and increased the value too, I’m sure. Loved the fun parts of your blog explanation too! Can’t wait to see it in person:)

  5. Diana permalink
    September 20, 2010 5:45 am

    It is beautiful, was it worth the savings, YES, would I do it myself NOOOOOOO. Bravo for you guys it looks awesome

  6. lanipalmer permalink
    September 20, 2010 8:23 am

    Great job, Katie! It’s beautiful! 🙂

  7. September 20, 2010 8:27 am

    It looks SO good! I love the color. And thank you for the cards!!! I can’t wait to receive them.

  8. Jen permalink
    September 20, 2010 3:14 pm

    So much better! The house looks rich (both in color and expense), and will make all of your additions such as the house numbers and landscaping pop, not to mention Tommy who blends in much better now. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  9. Matt Baldys permalink
    October 11, 2010 12:37 am

    Looks like y’all did an awesome job! Can’t wait to see it in person one of these days soon.

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