If you saw any of my Instagram stories over the weekend, you probably noticed that we were doing some work on the exterior of the house. We’re trying to get the exterior cleaned up a bit while we’ve still got some nice weather to work with.
A month or so ago someone got a little overzealous with the weeding, so we’ve basically got nothing but dirt in our flower beds right now. Since we can easily access the front siding without trampling any plants, we’ve decided to update the paint before we replant/mulch the flower beds.
We have to do a bit of prep work before we paint anything. First things first – goodbye shutters!
I know that making every house look like a farmhouse is really in right now, but I have hated those shutters since the day we moved in. I don’t know what it says about me that I’m capable of hating shutters, but that’s the way it is. Something about these particular shutters read as really cutesy to me, and this little ranch rectangle just isn’t that kind of house. It can look nice, but it’s not cute, and this is not a farm.
So much better!
I went ahead and pressure washed everything, so the exterior is nice and clean. Our gutters were looking pretty god-awful, and the pressure washing got them back to looking white as well.
Now the exciting stuff: PAINT!
Our house has two types of siding. Most of the house is wrapped in aluminum siding, and the bandaid colored stuff on the front is painted cedar siding.
Side note: what would possess anyone one earth to paint their house bandaid color? I don’t have the answer.
Someday I’d like to add a porch to the front of the house, and maybe we’ll update the siding when we do that. I don’t know. But for now, we’re going to de-bandaid the house and see how long we can get by with that.
We’re probably going to paint over Labor Day weekend (Sorry, Douglas!) so we’ve got a couple of weeks to prep the siding and pick our paint colors.
To keep with the theme of painting everything grey, here are our current options:
Benjamin Moore Moonshine (the same color I always use, I know, I know.)
Just the cedar:
I like both of these options, and I’m feeling totally fine about painting the exterior of my house the same color as the interior. Does that make me boring?
Next up: Benjamin Moore Simply White
I didn’t expect to like an all white option, and also didn’t create it on purpose, but I think it looks clean and appropriate for the era of the house. Who am I?
Benjamin Moore Gray Horse
Just the cedar:
Our neighbors’ house is a medium toned blue-y gray, so this may be too similar 🙁
And finally, Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
I’m not sure we could do the entire house in such a dark color, but it works well for the upper portion of the siding. I’d probably have to swap out the light fixture and all the hardware, which would add to the cost, but not the end of the world.
So, what do you think? Do you have a favorite? Let me know!