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Finalizing Paint Colors


If you’re still with me through all this paint chaos, Thanks! I know I am obsessive about this stuff, but really I have never had a house painted before, and I want it to look as good as humanely possible. Reasons I do this; because painting your house and changing your mind is expensive, I have NO idea what I am doing, and I need to know that there is a shred of hope that this house can exude a pinch of curb appeal.

So after going back and forth, and back and forth again. I finally have made some decisions …duhn duhn dun… It’s gonna be dark blue with a yellow door, hazzah!!! The things that sold me on the color was not the paint color itself, but some of the other accent choices I made (pretend made) to the outside of the house. Here’s how it breaks down:

Siding – Dark Tealy/Navy Blue Paint
Trim – Fresh White
Storm Windows – Charcoal Grey
Foundation – Light Grey
Window Boxes – Bright White
Front Screen Door – Yellow

And the newest addition to my plan, a little something called “Corner Board,” a roughly 1×4 piece of trim that flanks the corners of your house. This is not something we currently have on our house, but after walking around the hood a few times I realized a lot of houses had it and it really helped to define the lines architecturally. There you have it, the corner board makes all the difference. Now I just need to find a painter/carpenter who is able to add corner board to the existing asbestos siding without endangering themselves.


Since I’m sold on this scheme, I had to mock-up the back yard too. Especially because I wanted to see it with the corner board, and dark storm windows, and most importantly I had to see where paint was going to go on the upstairs porch.

We’ve been meeting with painters all week, and I think we’re close to a decision. If anyone locally (MPLS) has any good suggestions for painters please let me know. I need all the advice I can get.

Do you like it?? I do. If it turns out half this good I will be so happy. I really think it looks so much better already and it’s not even real. Too bad painting isn’t as easy as photoshopping is.

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  • abby nelson April 2, 2012

    hey, you don’t know me (I’m a friend of Nicole’s from High school in Brd..) – just wanted to say I love this color scheme! and the corner board DOES make all the difference! Looks great! good luck :-)

  • Jess Reyes April 2, 2012

    Oh, I love the color scheme! The yellow door is perfect!

  • Emily April 2, 2012

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Mieze April 2, 2012

    Now this, I love! It’s much better darker than in the first mock-up you did in an earlier post. It’s going to be fantastic when finished… happy painting!

  • Scoops April 2, 2012

    Thanks for the feedback everyone!!

    It’s great to hear that you all think I’m headed in the right direction. I think we’re going to have to take a step out of our comfort zone for the paint color, but I think it will be worth it in the long run. I do love, love, love a gray house but it’s time for us to get a little crazy.

    I really appreciate reading all of your comments.

  • Meredith April 2, 2012

    Ooh, I love it, Alison! It’s going to look amazing. The yellow door is my favorite! We’ll have to come back to the neighborhood to visit and see the finished product!

    • Scoops April 2, 2012

      Hey, if things go well, it might be done before you even move :)

  • Karl April 2, 2012

    Love the colors. The estimate guy seemed a bit smarmy based on what I overheard from our porch.

  • Anne April 3, 2012

    We painted our last house a few years ago, and I totally understand how agonizing it can be to pick a paint color/housepainter. It’s expensive and you want to get it right! (We used Home Transformations, I think, and liked them.) I love the dark blue you picked!! The mock-up looks awesome.

    • Scoops April 4, 2012

      Hey Anne!

      Home transformations Inc is one of our tops right now. He hasn’t come back with the estimate yet but if it’s inline with some of the others we’ve received we’ll probably go with him.

      Thanks for letting me know that you had a good experience with them.

  • jessica April 3, 2012

    Fantastic! Love the corner board idea…if we hadn’t just sold our house I would add them to our asbestos siding too! Your house will look amazing once it’s all done. Let us know which exact shade of dark blue you go with please!

    • Scoops April 4, 2012

      Hey Jessica! I will for sure post all about the colors when they are finally picked.

  • Janelle April 5, 2012

    LOVE THE BLUE!!!

    Varsity Painters have done a couple of our neighbors’ houses and it looks great.

    • Scoops April 5, 2012

      Oh good to know. They were on my list of guys to call next in case I wasn’t feeling any of the ones on the first round.

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