I wish this post was the reveal of a beautifully painted home with new windows, but it is not. This is the first of 2 (or more?) posts on the topic and the next one will likely be the reveal post.
For those new to this blog, we purchased our current home in December 2015 and it was a unique situation, to say the least! [You can read about it here if you’re interested in the long story about how we got here.] We’ve been fixing it up as we are able and this summer’s project is new windows and exterior paint.
Last year, my very capable husband was determined to DIY paint the house. My color plan, at the time, was to paint a fresh coat of white, black trim, and eventually add black gridded windows on the side of the house where there are broken and inefficient aluminum windows.
This photos is of the newer side of the house where we have casement windows that will not be replaced. This wall shows the colors we started painting last year.
My husband actually made progress painting about 60% of the house. When he got to the North side (below: this is the West side) that would require him being 30 ft up on a ladder, I said NO WAY. Veto. So the project halted.
I was pretty happy with the white house / black trim plan until the last few months. I started to feel concerned about the black grids disappearing into an unlit window (this was my husband’s concern about black windows from the start and he’s always right). Also, black windows are more expensive. More importantly, even though black and white is classic, it also feels very on-trend right now … so I changed my mind.
I toyed with the idea of painting the house blue with warm white trim and white windows. When we first bought the house, Ryan and I picked out a nice blue that we went back to and had a sample mixed up to test. We tested several blues and the Connecticut blue that we chose first was our favorite. BUT, I was worried about the house looking like ‘all roof” if we painted a dark color.
Going back to this photo, which is the curb side – see what I mean? The blue under the overhang … it would just disappear.
We consulted with my MIL who is not a design professional, but she has extensive experience working with designers and designing her own beautiful spaces. When we told her about the blue idea, she was horrified, so we put her on a plane and flew her out to help pick paint colors.
MIL’s plan: light gray, crisp white trim, brass lanterns and awnings. Unfortunately gray was at the very bottom of our list … down there with pink, bright yellow, electric blue and other colors that would infuriate the neighbors (there is an electric blue house down the street).
Besides the gray, I like her plan. But gray is the color of the sky here 9 months per year. Gray is the color of the interior walls I’m currently repainting throughout the house. I do not need anymore gray in my life.
Long story short, after looking at so many grays, I started to think what if we just do white-on-white? The house was white-on-white when we bought it, but it was dirty and an ugly, cold white. Primer white. I didn’t tell MIL about my idea because she was dead set on gray + white, but I googled “white on white” house and came up with some gorgeous inspiration. The first photo I looked at under the search was not white-on-white, but the contrast was so subtle, I thought it was all white until we read the fine print. I showed the pic to MIL and she LOVED. She said – that is it!!
(Via: La Dolce Vita)
When we read about the actual paint colors used above, Revere Pewter + White Dove, we picked up a sample of the main color and it is much darker and more beige than it appears in this photo. MIL still thought it was a great idea, but I wasn’t sold.
MIL left town this morning and I’m continuing my house color search and pretty confident that white-on-white is the way to go. Check out some of this inspiration. Warm white is my favorite!
I wasn’t able to find the color for the house above.
Color is Benjamin Moore solid stain in white. It’s so perfect.
This house (above) was painted in a SW color I’ve used on my furniture projects called “Roman Column.” I don’t think I will use something that has this much of a yellow undertone on our house, but it looks gorgeous and inviting.
This gorgeous house was painted in White Dove, the same beautiful white I used in my living room and for my built in project. I love how it is warm without being yellow. It looks fresh and clean. This is a strong contender.
And finally, there’s the white we started with last year, Simply White, that is also a strong contender. I couldn’t find a good white-on-white house painted in that color, so you can refer to my photo above. My only concern about Simply White is that it may appear too stark, even though it does have a touch of warmth to it.
That’s where things stand on paint colors. I have yet to test White Dove, but I have a good feeling about it.
I ordered 13 new windows and 3 doors earlier this week. That may sounds like a lot of windows, but we have 47 windows on this house. We had a total of 14 windows on our old house. I was shocked when I totaled it up for my house painter. I chose white, modern, minimalistic grids so the number of panes per window are fewer than the original design. The house painted in Roman Column above is probably the best example of the new grid design. I avoided grids all together on the west (view) side of the house. The grids are going to be on the outside of the glass which will give it more of an authentic farmhouse look and will hopefully make the windows pop a bit more than if they are placed between glass.
The doors are going to be a single glass window. I’m honestly wondering if we made the right choice regarding the doors? The plan is to paint them in high gloss navy blue.
The door should look similar to this.
We’ll probably spend a mint on brass hardware for the doors because a door can go from boring to amazing based on the hardware choice. I don’t even want to know how much this costs.
(Via: Rocky Mountain Hardware)
And brass lanterns. We have TEN!
(Via: Visual Comfort)
This is not IT. There’s no way I’m spending $$8,300 on lighting. But, I like the idea of oversized lanterns. Just need to find some that are in budget. I might just give my existing lanterns a coat of spray paint until I figure out what to do.
MIL’s awning idea is probably my favorite. I’m going to add an awning over the upstairs window on the south side (all of that rotted siding is being replaced too).
And over the garage window.
Both locations are mainly for decorative reasons and curb appeal. The plan is navy + white stripes with a straight edge. I would love to put some on the west side of the house too where the western sun is intense, but that will probably have to wait a while.
(Via: The Hunted Interior)
Finally, the columns supporting the overhang on the front side of the house will be replaced and covered with cedar planks in the same tone as the new fence that is making its way around our property. The wood will add warmth and some rustic contrast to a modern design.
Demo should be starting on/around August 3rd when the windows are expected for delivery; install will probably take a 7 – 14 days. House paint should happen right around the last week August. Fingers crossed. We don’t want to miss our window for painting the house this season!
Would love to hear what you think about the plan or what you did with your own exterior updates.
Thanks for reading!