6.24.2013

RED


It is finished. (Well, the exterior painting anyway!) I'm thinking it's a vast improvement, or at the very least a drastic change, over where we started 4.5 years ago...



I think it makes a huge difference, and the painters did a very nice job. In pictures it's hard to get past the scrubby grass and long list of projects still to be completed (i.e. building a porch roof and railing, cleaning/repointing the stone foundation, bricking the Arxx block kitchen foundation, serious landscaping work, cleaning the gunk off the stairs, other general cleanup, etc.) but in person the new paint just looks so good, so crisp and so finished that, at the moment, everything else fades into the background for a change. Besides, the before picture is so bad I can't help but be thrilled with how far it's come.

I admit painting the gable above the front door red maybe wasn't quite the right choice, but I don't think I'd like other options either. A porch roof will help soften that contrast a lot, I think, though it's not terribly high on the priority list right now.


 And here's a similar angle a few months after we bought the house and decided to relocate the main entrance. What a nightmare this place used to be. While it's not perfect now, it feels pretty good to look back at these old photos and compare.



I really love the detail of the board and batten siding now that it's painted. It's hard to tell in the photos, but the fascia is color-matched to the chinking. I think it looks fantastic. I originally wanted to avoid a contrasting trim color and just do red all the way around, but we realized red fascia would look strange on the one section of the house that is entirely log.



The back door is now my favorite spot. I think we'll paint the door itself the same color as the chinking and fascia. (The current color is just primer.) I guess it's also time to peel the stickers off the windows. After 4+ years, the glue should be nice and easy to remove right? (Gulp.)



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    1. Ummm... A porch railing is a necessity very soon. Other priorities we are talking about are installing the flooring in the master suite (the boards for which are currently sitting in our kitchen), then drywall up there. Then staining/finishing the floors upstairs and down, and painting the walls... Then probably bathrooms (master suite and powder room). And then the rest will just be details! Let's see how long it takes to get to that point though. ☺

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  2. Yay!!! I'm so excited for you. It's beautiful! :)

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  3. Deborah EJune 25, 2013

    I love it!

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  4. AnonymousJune 25, 2013

    Huge, HUGE difference! Nice choice.

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  5. This looks amazing! What a huge difference. I didn't even notice those things that are glaring to you. It really looks awesome! Love the board and batten.

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    1. I love the board and batten too. So happy with that decision.

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  6. What is the brand/name of your red paint? We have a cedar log cabin in Texas that we are about to add a 900 sq ft addition to, and are toying with the idea of painting it red. The right red is the most important thing though.

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    1. I understand completely. We tested a bunch of shades -- we found that most were too orange. I definitely recommend buying a few test pots before you buy. What we ended up choosing is "Crabby Apple" by Duron. Hope this helps!

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