When we were house hunting in 2015, I had “x-ed” out this house on the list of options. I said there was no way I want a split level house!! But when there were no choices in the small section of town that we wanted, I agreed to see this house. Obviously, the rest is history!
I have wanted a white house for several years now. There is a classic, timeless look that the white gives, and it can be accented with many options. So, I knew that we would eventually paint this house white.
The wood on top of brick really added to the dated look of the house. The garage door & shutters were a dark maroon, which brought a sadness (??) to the exterior. So, about a month and a half after we bought the house (and while my husband was in Egypt), I decided I would surprise him & paint the garage door. The change excited me so much that I went out & bought a garage hardware kit from Home Depot . Of course, that wasn’t enough for me, so I finagled a way to set up our huge ladder, as well as hang out of the upstairs windows to paint the shutters black.
At that point, our house looked somewhat like this:
I had rolled & brushed the front porch, since that was the extent of my reach. Since it was the dead of summer, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to
sweat to death paint the side of the house next to the garage while the kids napped. Now, my hubby has a car detailing & pressure washing business, so we often have equipment around our house. But one thing that we have had for years… yes, YEARS…. are random tires that he swears will be useful one day. So, during that summer, these were sitting on the side of our house. You’re welcome, neighbors.
Yet, they were useful for me to stand on during this process since the giant ladders we have were way too cumbersome for me.
For several months, our house stayed painted in these 2 sections only. Finally in October 2015, Evan borrowed a sprayer & completed the rest of the front, sides, and most of the back. The rest of the back was completed in June 2016.
In the spring of 2016, I made cedar shutters for the front. This was very simple, cost about $250 for 8 large shutters, and made an incredible difference!
We were able to replace the 7 front windows as the old wood windows were incredibly inefficient and leaking a bit.
I chose what I call the “bungalow style” window, which has vertical bars on the top & is open on the bottom. I felt like this enhanced the era of the house but gave it an updated & modern edge. Our project manager from the window company advised only 1 bar for the bay windows & 3 bars for the large windows as this would be “industry standard” based on the window size. I’m glad I listened to him! We are so thrilled with how the windows were the final touch to the facade.
The rough cedar frame of the mailbox was on sale at Lowe’s one day. Evan sanded the heck out of the wood then stained & sealed it. He may have gone too far as it feels like a piece of furniture! Seriously, it looks awesome!
We are SO happy with how the house looks. I’ve had people I don’t know stop me & say how amazing the transformation is. One older neighbor who has been here since the beginning literally backed her car up one day after she had zoomed past just to get out and tell me the house had never looked that good! Another day, I happened to look out the window & see a neighbor taking pictures. Was a little creepy but I sort of know who she was so…!
Some details about the paint:
- The paint color is Sherwin Williams Snowbound
- We used Sherwin Williams Loxon Concrete & Masonry Primer on the brick before painting
- Using a sprayer cut the time down immensely. If you can’t do it yourself, plan to spend around $2k-5k, depending on where you live, square footage, and paint company.
- Because of the nature of our business (car detailing), I have to add this note: DO NOT leave your car near where you are spraying. Wind can carry that paint pretty far & you don’t want overspray on your car. But if that happens to you, call my husband & he can fix you right up 😉
Some things we plan to do in the future:
- Wrap the front posts with cedar to match the shutters
- Add hardware to the shutters
- Take out quite a few trees to give the interior more light
- Replace the front door
- Stain the concrete by the front door
- Additional landscaping
I certainly love painted brick on old houses. Many of the houses built between 1950-1980 and up have some funky designs. In my opinion, the paint unifies the odd lines, giving modern appeal, but staying true to the character of the time period it was built.
Send me an email if you have a question about a color for your house—-> sara (dot) morris 912 at gmail (dot) com. I’d also love to see what some of you do to update your home!!