Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE our home. It is beautiful and I feel so blessed every time I pull into our driveway. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean I wouldn’t like to make a few changes… Over the past year I have worked non-stop to renovate the interior of the house to make it match my style and make it OUR home. Now it is finally time to tackle the exterior of our home and make it reflect our style as well. Again, don’t get me wrong, I love our home, but it was seriously the color of a tanned tone band-aid. ( I don’t feel like this picture truly captures the band-aid tone… see next image.)
Home Exterior Makeover
… there we go, see that color ? Band-Aid. What’s remarkable to me is that this home was a short sale, and the bank had JUST painted it THAT color. I know, I know, it’s not the worst color out there, but seriously the bank thought “yup, that’s a good color!” I digress. I wanted to change the color but that task seemed so overwhelming!
I dreaded picking a color, because then it would mean it was time to paint. I put this off for a year; just dreading the prospect of tackling such a HUGE project. If only I could go back in time and smack some sense into myself. You guys, this thing was done in 2.5 days ! Seriously, between my husband, myself , and the help of my HomeRight Power-Flo Pro 2800 we finished the entire house in just one long weekend!
It is through great companies like HomeRight and affiliate links that I can continue to provide all these tutorials at zero additional cost to my readers! So a big thank you to them! (More info. available here.)
Want to know what is funny ? The MOST stressful part of this entire project was picking my paint color! I kid you not, I think I ended up purchasing 15 different color samples that I tried out on the outside of the house. The neighbors must have thought we were crazy because our house was slowly starting to look like a patch work quilt. After months (Yes, months) I finally narrowed it down to these final four colors.
After MUCH deliberation I decided on Sherwin Williams “Cityscape” (bottom left color). Can I tell you how much anxiety I had going to the paint store and committing to a TON of paint?! I knew I liked the color, but I still had an underlying fear my house would look a little like a concrete bunker. I took the leap and pulled the trigger. If you are wondering, we went through approximately 20 gallons of Sherwin Williams “Cityscape”, and about 7 gallons of their “Ultra White” to cover all of the fascia, soffit, trim, and gutters.
Seeing as our house was recently painted before we purchased, we didn’t need to worry about removing old paint, or a lot of built up residue. The most prep work it required was pressure washing the exterior, with a focus on the soffit. We rented a lift for the weekend, which was hands down a great investment if you have a two story home and a fairly steep pitched roof. We just rigged our pressure washer to the lift and got the whole thing washed down in an evening.
The next morning we woke up and got to work! The first day we tackled the all of the trim and the soffit. In most cases this isn’t really necessary, but our trim was all a light tan color, and that simply would not do!
I honestly thought this would be the hardest part of the whole process, but it was a piece of cake! My husband (Andrew) would hold a Spray Shield (A piece of thin metal approx. 10″ x 3′ with a handle) above my head and rest it on the edge of the shingles, this protected the roof from any over-spray. Once it was sprayed we would shift down and do it all over again.
In case you are wondering, we put the 5 gallon bucket on the lift with us, and then zip-tied the HomeRight Power-Flo Pro 2800 to the lift as well; this way the 5 gallon bucket of paint, and the sprayer were always with us.
It actually didn’t take as long as I expected, however we did go through a lot more white paint than we had planned on. In order to trim out the house we went through approximately 7 gallons of white paint, but it was WELL worth it! Honestly, I was SHOCKED at how much of a difference it made! It made the entire house look brighter!
The next day was our long day, but Andrew and I had a system down, and we just buckled down and got it done! Again, one person would hold the painters blade protecting the windows, soffit, trim, etc… from any gray over-spray. (Very minimal over-spray but if you want a crisp line, you will need to utilize some sort of straight edge.) Progress!
Seriously, look at the speed and coverage from the Power-Flo 2800!?
Just look at it! Isn’t it 1000x better!? I am in love !
And here is the back. I LOVE, the color, and now I want to put energy into making the rest of the outside fabulous! I definitely see a patio makeover and some shutter accents in my homes’ near future!
I have always loved HomeRight Products, but the Power-Flo is now my absolute FAVORITE! It made a task that could have taken weeks, only take days! The coverage was flawless, AND effortless. So, do you have a large project you are afraid to tackle? Make sure you enter to win the HomeRight Power-Flo Pro 2800 below! It is honestly worth it’s weight in gold, so even if you don’t win, they are a fairly inexpensive investment in your sanity!