The Power of Paint – DIY Exterior House Paint
Okay, so a little curb appeal never hurt anyone and our house was in need of a lot of it! The siding on our home is asbestos. Like many would when I heard that word I was freaked out, but after talking to some people I found that it isn’t harmful unless disturbed. It’s basically a cement material so it’s held up well and is in great condition. Most people who don’t like the look of it opt to cover it with siding rather than remove it. Again for us budget was a major factor in our decision which ultimately was to simply update it by painting over it.
This was the biggest color choice I would have to make and it was quite nerve-racking. The house is tiny but I wanted it to have a warm presence on the block. I also toyed with the idea of painting it a safe classic clean white. The shed that was built just a couple of months prior to us purchasing the home is 2 tone brown; probably not what I would have chosen but what can ya do? This gave me the direction of going with a warm complimentary brown. We brought a few samples home from Lowe’s and chose a color called ‘Sautéed Mushroom’ (yum lol!). A 5 gallon bucket of Valspar’s Exterior paint in satin finish cost about $140.
We lightly pressure washed it to remove any loose debris. We quickly realized painting by hand wasn’t going to be an option for 2 reasons. 1 – the paint simply smeared too much and 2 – the amount of time it would take to get one thin smeared coat and then require many more. So we tried using a small handheld paint sprayer that we bought off someone for $25 and for a couple of miserable hours it sporadically spit out paint on the house. We were relieved to discover that my uncle had a practically professional paint sprayer he was willing to let us borrow! A shout out to Uncle Darren for saving the day!
Prior to borrowing his sprayer we were several hours in and had only completed painting most of one side of the house 🙁 However, after we hooked his beast of a sprayer to our compressor and the job flew by! We were completely done within another hour! Now granted we have a small house, but I think if we had used his sprayer from the beginning it would have only taken us a couple of hours for the entire house. Having the right tools for a job is SO important.
I know that our local hardware store also rents paint sprayers like the one we were able to borrow. This would have been our next move since they range in price from $200-$400 to buy, which wasn’t in our budget.
The most time-consuming part was moving the ladder and having to hold up cardboard to the edges of trim and other places. Since we planned to go back and repaint all the white trim we didn’t have to be too careful.
In progress 🙂
All painted except for the trim.
You might also notice the small bit of landscaping improvements that were made right around this same time. May not be much but I like to keep things simple and also believe that a little bit goes a long way (or at least it’s better than nothing 😉 )
Then we gave all the trim and the foundation a fresh bright white coat using Valspar’s exterior paint in white. I also painted the concrete steps which really brightened everything up! 🙂
Again, the power of paint never ceases to amaze! The impact was huge! I’m also glad I decided to go for a more bold look than just white because it really does give the house the presence and warm/cozy appeal I was hoping for. And talk about bang for your buck, this project cost about $200. Here’s a before and after side-by-side for ya 🙂
Around this same time we also re-stained the back deck and added some new lattice. For this I wanted something neutral and chose a pre-tinted solid exterior stain from Lowe’s called weathered grey. I highly recommend this product. It covered well and has stood the test of time and traffic.
We pressure washed the deck first and then I used a brush and small roller to do all the railings, which was time-consuming but worth it. And then I attached a large roller to my broom handle and rolled the steps and deck surface. The railings got 2 coats and the deck got 3. I bought 2 gallons at $30 a piece and only needed a little over a gallon. I saved the rest for the following year 🙂
The lattice also came from Lowe’s. We went with the white plastic like material so it would last longer. A 2×8 piece is $12.97 and we needed 3. It was easy to cut and work with. We attached it by screwing it to the deck posts.
I realize it’s just paint but it went a long way to improve the exterior of the house and boost that curb appeal. You’ll notice we have a small backyard to match our small home and being able to enjoy the outdoors is important to us. Having a nice space to sit and relax made all the difference. But don’t worry this was just the start! We have lots of things planned for our home’s exterior so stay tuned and thanks for stopping by our little blog!