i asked for one thing for my birthday- to paint our house. when we originally looked at this house, i told luke that i loved the land, but we had to paint the brick.
the brick was dated & it looked as though the builder used all of the leftovers from previous projects on our house. even our friends & family weren't fans. it was awful. thankfully, my hubby agreed to my request. on my birthday, all of my family came out to our house & helped us paint. it was a terrifying project. paint colors were the single most important topic in my world for weeks. i painted swatches on the back of our house & stared at them for hours. i talked with friends & even did a facebook poll. choosing the wrong color or messing up could really hurt the value of our home.
thankfully, nothing went wrong & we love the color!
it was a laborious project, but the difference is huge!
(we are still trying to get that pesky rust-colored residue from the chimney off the roof. home DIYers... anyone have any ideas? we've scrubbed & power-washed.)
we still have several more projects up our sleeve including a new porch, new columns, window shutters, a new orange door, a new screen door & new raised beds. it's just the beginning of our home renovations, but having the biggest project behind us feels so good.
the house was also in need of some landscaping so we removed the dead plants & purchased perennials from our local nursery.
a couple of hanging ferns & a pretty pot of flowers & we're calling it good... until we save up enough for that porch!
here are the basics for how we painted our brick:
- two days before painting, we power-washed our house. the exterior needs to be thoroughly cleaned before painting.
- the day before painting, we taped off all of the windows, doors & anything else that didn't need to be painted.
- we used behr exterior latex paint from home depot.
- we borrowed a paint sprayer to do the job. trust me, get a paint sprayer. it's impossible with brushes.
- it took 9 gallons to paint our house. i overbought by six gallons, which was a little frustrating, but my parents plan to paint their house the same color so they're purchasing the leftovers from us. thanks, mom & dad!
- we applied two coats.
- it took us about 8.5 hours total to paint.
- the paint needs at least 24 hours to completely dry.
thanks so much & i can't wait to show you more progress!