Almost six years ago, we gutted and renovated our home in the city. I chose the red, green, and white color palette for the exterior colors and loved it at the time. I also worked on flipping our twin and was able to choose the same colors for their home so that the “twins” would match. Fast forward to the present, and the exterior of our home looks horrible! Water damage caused wood rot and flaking paint galore. I was worried about termites, mold, and other safety issues so knew that we couldn’t ignore the problem any longer. This time around, we will be smarter and will solve our water run-off problem by installing the appropriate gutter system on our home! I’m not sure why we missed that 6 years ago, but it has been a costly lesson.
I got a few quotes from local painters and ended up using the same company that originally painted our home. His quote was a full $1500 less than two other companies and I know he does a great job. I also reached out to Sherwin Williams to see if they would partner with me in my exterior painting endeavor. They agreed to donate 10 cans of paint toward Operation Home Stories A to Z Restoration and we will need 18 cans total to get the job done. The first time around, we used cheap paint and that is a mistake I will not make twice!
I had pinned this gorgeous row home from BHG a few years ago and knew that I wanted to do a similar color scheme.
I used Sherwin Williams Chip It tool to discover what colors most closely matched the exterior of this row home.
Home Stories A to Z Exterior Paint Colors
- Gray paint color on body of house: Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles SW7672 (which I also used on our back porch last year)
- Gray paint color for trim accent: Sherwin Williams Dovetail SW7018
- White paint color for trim: Sherwin Williams Extra White SW7006.
- Blue front door paint color: What is Home Stories A to Z front door paint color? is probably one of the top questions asked on this site. It is Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue. It is on both the front door and porch ceiling. Sherwin Williams Rainwashed was a close contender, but the Wythe just seemed to work better.
In case you are wondering exactly what kind of paint and primer we used, here you go:
- All Surface Enamel Acrylic Latex Primer for the wood trim.
- Loxon Concrete & Masonry Primer for the brick.
- Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex for all the paint.
The first thing that needed to get done before any painting could begin was replacing all of the rotting wood. The boxes around the columns on the porch were completely rotten, the porch was rotten, the railing was rotten, and much of the trim needed replacing. My painter used to build homes in his homeland of Bosnia, so he offered to replace all of the damaged wood for me. He did a fantastic job!
Next up, prime the entire house! I decided to paint all of the exterior brick on the front of the house this time around. Everything on the house has to be touched by a paint brush or roller three times–once to prime, and then twice with two coats of paint.
Here you can see the primer is on, some of the Knitting Needles is on the left-hand side, and the porch is getting some Dovetail treatment! I’ll be back soon with the full reveal :).
Thank you to Sherwin Williams for donating 10 gallons of paint for this project. Your paint rocks!