Each year for the past 3 years, I've scraped and painted one side of the house, slowly making my way around the entire thing. It usually only takes a weekend to scrape and paint one side so it doesn't turn into a big commitment. But each year that I go and buy another gallon of the same light yellow/cream paint, I dream about changing the house color. Reality soon sets in though that completely changing the color of the house would be too much work and too much expense.
That is until the beginning of this summer when a friend of ours needed some help painting her house. She went from a light colored house to a rich, dark color - and I fell in love. It was only a matter of days until I had convinced Brent to let me do a little experimenting.
I was having a problem with our roof color and figuring out what color of paint would look best with it. The roof is called Burnt Sienna, which is sort of brown and sort of reddish. But when I looked closer at the shingles, I could see some dark spots, almost a navy or charcoal. So I started messing around on Benjamin Moore's website to plug in different paint colors. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy was the absolute winner. Anything with too much gray or brown just didn't look right with the shingles.
I was still a bit nervous about taking the plunge so we bought a test pot and painted a swatch on the back of the house to look at it for a few weeks. Even with a such a big test spot, I still couldn't pull the trigger so my neighbor friend suggested that I paint the entire front of the house first - that way if I didn't like it from the front, I wouldn't have painted the entire house already.
We are most surprised to see the texture of the siding come out. When the house was the lighter color, it was painted in a flat finish - which made it impossible to clean off muddy puppy paw prints and other smudges. For the navy, we went with a satin finish which is why you can see more of the texture. For the trim, we used Benjamin Moore Steam, which is a little bit softer than a bright white.
And for a final side by side - here's the before and after! I am still undecided about the front door color and what, if anything, we'll do there. Shutter options are still being weighed as well - but we'll worry about those once all the painting is done.
And for your Pinning pleasure, here are all of the colors listed in one place.