Photo of the Week: Paint Colors

New shingles in less than two weeks means new shingle color in less than two weeks.  The color is forest green, and the hell if I’m going to have a powder blue house with a forest green roof (can you imagine??).  So that means it’s time to decide what color we’re painting the stucco and the trim.  Paul and I got a few paint samples from a couple hardware stores, and last weekend I painted an area with each.  If you’ve ever tried to take a photo to show a particular color, you know that it’s pretty much impossible on a digital camera, but I’ll give it a go anyway:

Stucco and trim colors from Menards' Dutch Boy collection.

Stucco and trim colors from Home Depot's Behr collection.

I used the flash on my camera to try and even out any difference in light, with only moderate success.  Ultimately, both of us like the Dutch Boy (first photo) better, because the Behr green is bordering a little too much on an emerald (which is bad), and the Dutch Boy’s grey has more depth of color (which is good).   Neither of which you can see in the photos, so you’ll just have to take our word for it.  Before we can paint the whole house I still need to patch the stucco, which I’m not particularly looking forward to.  But I am looking forward to seeing the powder blue disappear forever, so hopefully that will motivate me.  What do you guys think? Any tips for painting a house?

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About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on July 1, 2011, in House, Photo of the Week and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Here’s what tips I have;

    Buy your paint where professional painters do and get the absolute best you can. It will make the whole job much easier and last a lot longer. It just feels way better going on, covers better, etc. etc. We used Hallman-Lindsey paint on this wood siding 10 years ago and, except for minor touchups on the south side, it still looks great.

    Behr paint is not so good.

    One idea would be to get bids from a couple of pros, ask what brand they would use, and feel great knowing just how much you are saving by doing it yourself!

    Maybe paint the trim yourselves and hire someone to spray paint the
    stucco? That sounds like tough going via brush or roller. But, maybe not. I have never painted stucco.

    Anybody’s brand of paint can be made in pretty much anybody’s colors if you are getting it mixed by someone who knows what they are doing.

    Have a painting party. The memories of friends who have helped us through the years with all the things we have done with this house are a sweet part of the enjoyment of living here.

    Are you painting your house pink?

  2. Thanks for the tips, Kate! I think we will probably use a paint sprayer for the stucco instead of rolling the paint on; the texture is quite difficult to work with, as I experienced even just with this small area.

    Love the painting party idea, especially for the trimwork when we redo the windows. Hopefully the aforementioned paint sprayer will make quick work of the stucco, but there’s no getting around the tedium of painting hundreds of linear feet of cedar boards. I’ve heard that beer helps. 🙂

    And no, we aren’t painting the house pink, haha! I took these photos in the evening sun so I think the reddish-hued setting sun might be where the red tones are coming from. The color is a neutral gray when viewed in person. While I’ve seen some Victorian homes that do pink quite well, I don’t see our little house pulling it off very well! Also, the neighbors mentioned early on that they found the previous owner’s choices questionable (canary yellow and then powder blue), so I think we’ll give them a bit of a color-respite for a while.

  3. Georgia Lauritzen

    Yeah! Hire a house painter! Nothing worse than trying to paint stucco. Either that or get yourself a plastic suit and a paint sprayer. Faster and better coverage.

    • I have taken everyone’s advice and luckily my dad has a paint sprayer he’s agreed to lend me for the stucco painting. I’m thinking the timeline for getting the house painted is 2 to 3 weeks from now, so I’ll definitely post an update on how it went afterward!

  4. May the goddess of weather grant you many warm, dry days in a row!
    And many friends who love to paint trim. Wish we lived closer.

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