September 16, 2012

House Problem #1

House Problem #1: the color of our house is not very exciting. Bernie actually suggested we paint the whole exterior but I protested. I know that not all brick is pretty, but if it made it 107 years without paint, you kind of have to honor that. All summer we, well mostly me, have been trying to get rid of the red and yellow highlights left by the previous owners. I was considering painting the red steps and maybe the stone window sills which in itself is a huge decision. Then one day I left Bernie an innocent post-it note that said there was a little piece of wood under the mail box on the front of the house that needed painting. I didn't realize calling attention to 12" of trim molding would turn into him stripping every piece of wood on the front of our house. 

But since he started this little project, and therefore we must repaint, if we are ever going to change any colors, now would be the time. A couple of notes: the roof is light grey, but won't be around for much longer. The stairs are brick red but will be repainted. Our mortar is red. The window sill stones are an odd orange color. The bricks range from tan to yellow-ish to burnt orange to some sort of dirty color of all of the above. And the foundation bricks are darker than the main house. All of our windows except for the ones on the front porch have white storm windows so painting the windows anywhere but the porch really isn't an option. But there is an outer wood frame that could be painted. The landscaping will be redone in the next year. 
windows are in the process of being stripped, appears to be cream paint underneath the white
 You can really see the brick, red mortar, window sill stone & porch tones in this pic
 Side of the house, sorry, don't have a full shot. Apparently I was admiring the new plants.
Now you see what I mean about the window sills - ick.
All I can add to this is it reads more yellow in person.
So what do you think?

1. Leave it as-is?
2. Paint some combination of the windows/window frames?
3. Paint the stairs, stair caps, window sills?
4. Paint the corbels and/or any of the upper trim?
5. Some combination of the above?

I have no idea other than the red/yellow highlights and the orange sills aren't working for me. You can always repaint the wood, but there is no going back from touching the stone. I'm actually very fond of the front of the house because I think all the windows add some interest. But the sides and back are a little ho-hum.

a little preview of House Problem #2, more info coming soon
food for thought…

all photos borrowed from the internets

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