(This project was featured last week when I took over Behr’s Instagram account for the week. Those were short snippets I’m sharing the long-winded version here.)
This is a story that begins with a house. (Like all good stories do.) An old farmhouse my parents bought a few years ago. They live in it half the year (and in Arizona for the other six months). The inside is all updated and super adorable. But the outside was … a bit rough?
When you really study this picture, it looks a little like a house out of a scary movie. Despite the neatly trimmed lawn and flowers. This house just may be deserted or haunted or maybe has people living under the stairs? (I cannot possibly be the only person who has seen the movie The People Under the Stairs?) The front door was never used. I’m not sure why, other than the fact that it looks pretty terrifying.
My parents built a lovely (huge) pole barn and their plan is to build a house on the property, but it hasn’t happened and this eyesore was really starting to bother my mother. So, my mom and I hatched a plan to paint it. Even though my dad wanted no part of it. (He actually wanted to tear the whole house down, but that’s another story for another day.)
Why wouldn’t it work on this house?
We finally got my dad on board, and we started to work. My dad started by cleaning and pressure washing the old siding. He also scraped paint around some of the windows and the trim work.
Here’s how it was looking after cleaning. Purrrdy.
It’s gotta get worse before it gets better. Am I right?
I truly, seriously, not-kidding-you LOVE THIS PAINT. I’ve use MARQUEE a lot over the past few months and I can honestly say it’s the nicest paint I’ve used. It has a beautiful finish and the coverage is insane. I’ve been a long-time lover of Behr Premium Plus Ultra – and have used dozens over dozens of gallons before I started working with Behr. I think that paint is excellent and I could often get one-coat coverage.
But, MARQUEE paint. Better. So much better. I’m totally sold on it. Because it actually covers more surface space (exterior MARQUEE covers up to 400 sq. feet) and I can do it in less coats. And the exterior paint is designed to minimize fading, moisture and wear over time. I’m sold. I also think the colors are really fabulous – very sophisticated.
(And don’t even GET me started on the interior paint, which is guaranteed to cover in one coat. Another story for another day.)
Okay, my little testimonial is over. But, seriously. This paint should be available at all Home Depot’s nationwide. I’d get a gallon if I were you. Or 15, if you are doing the exterior of your house.
We invested in a large industrial airless sprayer last year and it’s been worth its weight in gold. The sprayer makes this project go so fast and the finish is perfect. There’s a little more clean-up, but there is little mess throughout the process and the overspray was minimal.
In line with my lazy girl painting tips, we didn’t tape anything off. We actually did tape off the windows when we painted our current house and it was worthless. So, my dad and Ryan manned the sprayer, working in long, steady strokes horizontally. The key to using this sprayer is to always keep moving and remove your finger from the trigger before you stop moving. (Otherwise, you get tons of drips.) It takes some practice, and I’m terrible at it. But it looks great when it’s done well.
When they reached windows, they used this handy tool to keep it from spraying over (the foundation was going to painted later, so we didn’t worry about that). Look how happy they are to be painting! (They did put a piece of cardboard over windows to avoid overspray, but it actually wasn’t needed.) Because the window trim was aluminum, the crisp white cleaned up nicely and didn’t need any paint.
While the guys were working on the spraying, I got to work on the front porch. It needed some serious lovin’. After they sprayed everything in Baguette and it dried, I started working on adding a little pizazz. I started with the door. There was no budget for a new door, so we just painted both the storm door (after removing the screens) and the exterior door (which we removed from the hinges and painted in the yard).
I also painted the posts on the porch, which made it feel much more historic. Finally, I added a few little vinyl details, including this Welcome Home vinyl design on the screen door.
By this point, my dad and Ryan were finished with the first coat and working their way around the foundation with a coat of Twinberry, using the same method. At the end of the day, the looked a little something like this. (Full disclaimer: We did all the painting in the day, and then waited a few days for it to cure before adding the vinyl decals and decorative items on the porch.)
Let’s talk before and afters. This is what it looked like before my dad cleaned it.
This is what it looked like after one day of painting. (We started at 9 a.m. and were done by 5 or so.) It’s unreal.
That was fun. Let’s do it again. Before.
The entire goal was to make the house look as great from the outside as it looks inside. (And to keep people from thinking an axe murderer or drug dealer lives there.) And we wanted it to feel like it belonged there. You can see how close the colors coordinate with the colors on my parents’ pole barn perfectly. (Do you spy my little model on the front porch?)
If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t even think it was the same house. I believe in the power of paint, but this was a great reminder for me.
Paint is typically the cheapest and most DIY-friendly project you can take on. It definitely takes work, but the results speak for themselves, I think.
Thanks to Behr Paint for providing us with the paint to complete this project. We have been long-time Behr lovers, so we’re thrilled to be working with this brand. And thanks to you for supporting companies who make projects like this possible at NewlyWoodwards.