12.03.2012

GETTING REDDER and A FASCIA QUESTION


Saturday was decently warm, so Ez spent the entire day painting. Endless painting! He uses a 6" roller for for most of it, and a brush to paint the edges of the battens and the many corners where batten meets board. It is time consuming, to be sure. The first coat on this front section of the house is coming along nicely -- the rolling work is nearly done, but there is a lot of cutting in to do, especially on the side of the house. Having the second floor now painted helps the overall effect, don't you think? It's coming together like I hoped it would, and that is such a happy thing. I'm all aglow about it.

The question in our minds now is what color to paint the fascia. (That's the white board that borders all the rooflines.) Should it be red like the siding so it blends in? Or should it be a light tan, like the chinking between the logs?

My parents' vote is to paint it tan, and then also to paint the window frames to match so the chinking color carries through all around the house. It is intriguing to be sure... but I'm worried it might be too much contrast.

Decisions, decisions.

What do you think? Input is always appreciated, and I'm in desperate need of opinions on this because I'm all opinioned out lately. I'm just making this up as I go along, and 90% of the time Ez says he has no opinion whatsoever, which I know actually means, "Let's just burn it down." Also intriguing...

Anyway while Ez painted, I played with Johnniegirl (she's talking a lot as of the past few days, which is fun!), dropped my neglected sewing machine off at the service center to get in good working order for some upcoming projects, baked some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for a church picnic and did some general cleaning. (Inside, not outside, obviously.) I still have not cleaned those darn porch steps. Oh well.

How was your weekend?

17 comments:

  1. I'm with your parents, tan for fascia and window frames both to carry that color all throughout. Another benefit is that if you don't like the tan, it would be easier to paint over tan with red than to paint over red with tan, probably.

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    1. That is true about the "painting over" issue. Thanks for your opinion, KWu!

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  2. I love the red and white together, but I think I also agree with your parents - tan for the fascia board. I like contrast with my trim and i think it would be nice to tie it into the main original portion of the house.
    it is looking so great! you're convincing me to go red with our house...

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    1. Really? How exciting, and I'm glad you're feeling inspired. (I'm surprised all my hemming and hawing isn't steering you away from red!)

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  3. Wow, your house is looking awesome. I vote for the tan on the fascia and windows, and as someone wrote earlier, it will be an easier re-paint if it doens't turn out well.

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  4. And Mel makes four! If your fascia goes red, the white of the metal window frames will jump way out by themselves. I vote white-ish.

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  5. Kudos to S on the home-made scaffolding. Nerves of steel.

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    1. He's had some bad luck on ladders and all manner of professional and homemade (by others) scaffolding in the past. I assure you he did not get up on that platform without some serious attention paid to its careful construction!

      My mom said the same thing about the white windows popping out.

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  7. Your house looks amaizing! I am impressed that you haven't burned it down, I've been on a verge of burning down my townhouse (and it's just mostly interior renos). You have a strong nervous system, obviously.
    In my, professional designer, opinion tan is the only way to go here. If you go with red it's going to make it too dark and will "close" the windows in (like framing art in dark mat and frame). Love your blog!

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  8. I think it looks great the more red that you put up and the more it's looking finished!
    I was going to vote for white because I don't mind stark contrast of white with anything and since the windows will be white, or the tannish/cream color.

    Also, learned the word fascia and had many a discussion about it since joining this family, but had never seen it written out!

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  9. I vote for a brown to match the wood beams rather than the chinking.

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  10. I like the idea of the tan to marry the two structures.......but, the white is actually nice and crisp and emphasizes the contrast of the new and old structures.

    Whatever you decide.....you can always change your mind! My husband painted the front of our first home 5 times in one month until I found the color I LOVED!

    Deborah E

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