Monday, October 24, 2011

The Paint Job: Before & After

Have you all just about had enough of my house painting posts???  
Well, this is the last one.
Hopefully.

I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, but the process was UGLY.
Not the painting process, the decision making process.
Thankfully, I had some VERY patient friends (Holly, Keri, neighbors, mailman, et al.) and 
parents and husband b/c it's kind of the only thing I talked about for a good 4 weeks.
So, enough talking.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

Here she is.

BEFORE


and AFTER...


Whoa, Nellie, kind of amazing what a little (er, a lot) of paint can do?!
I did learn a thing or two in the process and 
will gladly pass on my new found wisdom to those of you embarking on the same endeavor...

{no. 1} Every single color appeared much lighter on our house than it did on the paint cards.  Even when I painted a large 6x6 foot test section it was still lighter once the whole house was covered.
{no. 2} I changed my mind on the body color after the primer was up.  See point number 1.
{no. 3} You need to love it.  Not your neighbor, not your best friend, but YOU. Trust. Your. Instincts. 
{no. 4} Don't ask for too many opinions.  See point number 3.  Everyone will have a different, albeit well intended, point of view.  You will drive yourself CRAZY trying to please everyone.
{no. 5} You can ask neighbors for their house colors, but they will look different on your own. Shoot.
{no. 6} You need to love it.  Oh wait, did I already say that?!  But it's true.  The old adage, "it's only paint" takes on a new meaning when it is costing thousands of dollars. It is not an easy fix if you mess it up.  I was sooooo afraid I would mess it up. I actually liked the old color and brick, hard to believe now when I look back at the before pictures. There were often times I "liked" a color and tried to convince myself that I would "love" it once the trim and shutter colors were up too.  Nope. Doesn't work that way.  You need to love it all on its own.
And you know what, after all those weeks of craziness, I do.


So much so, we are now posing for pictures in front of it.  ha ha!!
Ok, back to the more important things in life...
xo

The final paint colors are:



34 comments :

  1. So pretty, Tessa! Great choices :)

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  2. Oh Tessa, your house paint colors turned out so beautiful! It is so hard to choose and such a large area to cover. I have to repaint our front door and shutters - I keep putting it off because I have to decide on colors. Thanks for the tips! Your outfit is really adorable as well. Oh, I'm having a giveaway on my blog - a really cute necklace - stop by if you have the chance!

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  3. I love how it looks! You found a great combination!

    Meg

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  4. Absolutely amazing difference...it looks like a different house!! Soooooooooo beautiful...I'd be posing too. xo Ashlyn

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  5. Looks fab! I love it and cute outfit:)

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  6. tessa,
    it looks great!!!! Wonderful colors .All that stressing really paid off

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  7. I totally understand what an agonizing process it is choosing exterior paint colors. Your home looks stunning- beautiful choices!

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  8. I.love.it.! Not only did you have the stress of choosing the colors, but you also had the stress of deciding to paint the brick...not an easy decision. Looks beautiful. Your yellow mums happily pop against the new paint job too!

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  9. it looks absolutely beautiful.
    love the added touches with the flag and mums and pumpkins!

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  10. LOVE it! You have impeccable taste!

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  11. Gorgeous! Love the mix of colours & how elegant everything looks now. What a fabulous job!!

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  12. Um, perfection! I absolutely love it and I can't imagine it any other color. All your stress was totally worth it because it looks amazing!

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  13. Love, love, love it! What a great makeover - I'm sure you are over the moon about it!

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  14. It looks gorgeous and the yellow flowers look so pretty with the new paint colors too.

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  15. What an amazing before and after! I think it looks fantastic. Great job. All of the hard work and tough decisions were worth it.

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  16. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the colors! I am going to have to remember these colors if I ever tire of my gray house and yellow door.

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  17. Wowza! It looks fantastic. You must be thrilled!!!

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  18. So now I'm back in the blogosphere and I get to see the GORGEOUS job y'all did! ;)

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  19. The colors look fab! And the yellow mums could not be any cuter!

    Good job!

    Christi

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  20. After all the agonizing you nailed it! Fabulous.

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  21. You really did a gorgeous job! Congratulations, it looks beautiful. Very classic but in an updated way.

    heyhomeslice.blogspot.com

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  22. Does this come off as grey in person as it seems in these pictures? I love these pics, but I got this same paint sample and it looks so brown?

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  23. Do you have the paint numbers for "Tumstone Gray" by Porter Paint? I can not find this anywhere!

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  24. Hello,
    I love your paint color choices! Can you please tell me where you purchased your exterior house lights? They are beautiful! I searched your blog, but could not find the source. Thank you! I

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  25. I love your paint colors! Can you please tell me the source for your exterior lights? I searched your blog but could not find the information. They are beautiful!

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  26. It just brightened and freshened up your home making it so much more inviting. You must feel wonderful when you drive up to it now. Hope mine turns out this sensational!

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  27. Love the paint colours! I have looked and called porter paints and can not find tumstone Gray. Could you please give more information on this paint colour.
    Thanks!

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  28. Love your paint colours! Could you give more information on "Tumstone Gray". I have searched for it online with no luck, and even called porter paints and its not in there new or old records of paint colours.
    Thanks

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    1. Vicki, it's Porter Turnstone Gray. I think there is a typo that I didn't catch above!! That color comes up in a Google Search!

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  30. Tessa, noticed in a earlier post you had said the final color for the main body was SW mega Greige was just wondering in the end did you change to the BM Weimaraner for the body. I love the color of the body color of your house, and was just a little confused.

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  31. Hi- I am about four years late to the party here, but I just wanted to say how fabulous your home looks. I am also agonizing over painting my mid century modern home- and your pics have really given me inspiration. Thank you!

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