(Our house at the end of last summer)
Last year, I shared the before and after of our exterior, here. However, the many changes that we made were done over the course of about 4 or 5 years. The change that took our renovations from nice, to wow, in my opinion, was\ painting our brick and adding fresh landscaping. Don't just take my word for it, take a look. Here is a picture of our home after we changed the roof-line/windows/siding:
This picture was taken just about a year ago. I remember being so excited to get our flower boxes planted, stepped back to take it in, and realized it was kind of sad looking! That is when I knew something had to be changed. Here is our home after new paint/plants:
The paint update and landscaping were by far the cheapest changes we made and really finished the look of our home. I chose all of the grasses/shrubs and painted the exterior on my own:
The hardest part of the whole process, in my opinion, was choosing the brick color! Ok, colors; you may have noticed that our front steps, which were previously stained brown, were lightened with stone and white paint. I'm not going to lie, I hired that portion out!
As for the brick, here is the easy step by step:
1) Always buy paint samples and put them up! I actually spent more money on samples than I did on the actual gallon of paint that it took to paint the brick! But it was worth it. The color I thought I wanted and the color we chose were very different. After getting all the samples up, I knew I wanted to stay in the same color family but it was important to me to create high contrast. That meant either a very light or very dark paint. The dark paint was grounding and actually makes our siding read a little bit lighter, at least to me. I've always wished our siding was lighter so I was really happy with the color choice!
Here is a (lousy) instagram picture of just a few of the colors I tried:
2) Prime the brick using a thick/nappy roller.
3) Paint, using any paint that is used on masonry, again with the nappy roller. We have a JC Licht / Benjamin Moore right by our house so I went with the paint recommended by their employees.
That's it. It took me a day to paint the brick. Just make sure that there isn't any rain in the forecast for a day or two after you paint. To finish, I added annual flowers that contrasted nicely with the paint color:
In my original reveal post, I mentioned that I wanted to paint our door black. It seemed that many of those that commented thought that I should keep the door stained since I have a solid wood door:
So, I've held off, but I'm still SOOO tempted to make the change! Our door is in need of a good staining, so what do you guys think? Stick with the stain, or should we paint it black? Or a black stain?!?!?!
Please stop back by tomorrow to share your outdoor painting projects: