Yeah! I’m so excited to share our new (old) blue house. I totally love it. It all turned out okay in the end but oh man was it a stressful process. From start to finish with rain delays it was just shy of 3 weeks, much, much longer than we thought it would.
Anyway, I really, really seriously love how it turned out. The old asbestos 12″ x 24″ siding looks new and modern. You can barely tell it’s old. That is seriously the best part because I HATED that siding when it was white. The new blue color is the second best part. We went with Benjamin Moore’s “Twilight” a dark teal blue paint color. It’s the greatest. When the sun is directly on we have a blue house and in the shade it can almost look black. There’s a lot of dimension and depth to it. L.O.V.E.
Did you know that gardens really pay the price when it comes to exterior house painting. Every living plant in the yard (front & back) has been totally beaten to shreds. The only thing that was left unharmed was the veggie garden, thankfully. You know I don’t mind too much, I love an excuse to visit the old flower store.
The curb appeal is much improved! We are still debating on what to do about the front door. It comes down to two options. One being to replace the door with a new storm door and paint it yellow, and the other is to stain a new wood porch door a golden/orangey color. We’ll see which wins.
We also gotta do something about the walk up and the concrete steps but neither of those projects are happening this summer.
I wasn’t expecting it, but the back is totally the best looking part of the whole house now! The corner boards pop and highlight the architecture. I don’t think it would look nearly as good if we didn’t add the corner boards. The back upstairs porch also looks great now that it is a different color from the rest of the house. We really do love it.
P.S. The back steps aren’t staying green, don’t worry, I’ll paint ’em.
And for those who were wondering, here is the color break down.
▼ Main House Color: Benjamin Moore – Twilight
▼ Trim: Sherwin Williams – West Highland White
▼ Storm Windows: Sherwin Williams – Seal Skin
▼ Foundation: Sherwin Williams – Ellie Gray
We had the entire house painted attic to foundation including all the window sashes (which were sanded and reglazed), the soffit, fascia, porch, storm windows, foundation, gutters, down spouts, trim, corner boards, foundation stone and the frieze.
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Aww, I love it! Looks totally amazing!!
Thanks!! I bet it almost makes you wanna move back ;)
Oh….my…..gosh…..I LOVE IT! It turned out soooo great! I love your twinkly lights in the backyard too. :)
Beautiful!!! That color is awesome.
wow-it looks amazing!! i kind of want to live in your backyard
I know this post is old but hopefully you see this and can help me with a couple things.
I plan on painting my asbestos siding as well, and your house is a prime example of how great it can look! I see you said you added the corner boards.. how did you do this?? Did you trim the corners of the asbestos siding and place the boards in their place? Or did you just attach the boards directly over the shingles?
Also, did the painting company paint and re-glaze your windows as well or was that another company?? It would be awesome to find a company near me that could do both!
Hey Connor, This painter was good in the sense that they were in all in one sort of a place. They had a carpenter install the corner boards, the boards go right over the asbestos tiles and small gaps are filled with caulk, and then painted. They actually sit pretty flush even before the caulk. You don’t want to cut or remove the asbestos. The company also glazed the windows, and painted the windows and the storm windows. I’m so happy we had the storm windows painted because that dark color is a great accent to the house. It’s been years now and they haven’t chipped or flaked. I am disappointed that our company used a low quality paint on the field paint, and our siding has faded a ton and needs a fresh coat this spring. lastly, go with a dark color on your asbestos siding, it will minimize the look of the vertical slats and make it appear that you have long horizontal wide boards. Hope that helps, good luck!
Thanks for the reply Scoops! One more question for you. Do you know if the asbestos is the original siding or if there is clapboard underneath? The asbestos on my house kind of mutes the detail of the window trim and I’m thinking of possibly removing it to restore the original clapboard and allow the windows to have their original definition, though if yours is the second layer as well then maybe all mine needs is some fresh paint to make everything pop again. Looking forward to your response! Thanks