I think I could start almost any home renovation story off with those two words. Because he’s a saint, you guys. For real.
I’m typically incredibly confident when it comes to choosing paint color. I have painted a lot and have learned to trust my instincts. And in all our houses, there has only been one color I actually hated and had to repaint. (I’m not the type of person who typically repaints in the time we live in a house.)
All that to say, I usually bring home a couple of samples, commit, and move on.
But for the exterior of our new home? No such luck.
Not only have I agonized over this decision for MONTHS. I also have at least 13 sample pots of colors from Behr. Ryan basically told me that he cannot talk about paint colors anymore. To this point, he has pretty much told me that every color looks great. (Except for the standard farm house white. But that’s another story for another day.)
The worst thing is that the color options are ALL OVER THE BOARD. I mean, I started with mid grieges, then moved to aquas, lighter blue/greens, whites and slates. There is absolutely no consensus. I thought I’ve made a decision and then I retract said decision. I cannot stop asking people what they think. I cannot stop pinning. I cannot stop.
I’m sorry if you’ve been in the same room with me over the past month. I can talk about nothing except what color to paint the house.
But we are coming down the wire. The house is being shingled this week and I chose a roof based on my color selection. And I think I sort of decided on the siding. So I’m pretty much locked in.
Siding: Behr MARQUEE Ultra Pure White| Trim: Behr Ultra Pure White | Windows: Pella Black Fiberglass |Door/Shutters: Behr Antique Red and/or MARQUEE Cascade Green | Roof: Owens Corning Duration
The most hilarious part is that Ryan and I both love houses that are dark grey/slate. But once we ordered black windows, we worried that it would be too dark. So we went another direction. Or about a dozen other directions.
But with all the white trim/railings/windows, I think it should have plenty of contrast. And while magnet is dark, it’s lighter than other options.
I also used the Paint Your Place tool on Behr’s website to see how it would look together – first I used one of the images in the gallery. This gave me a chance to see the color with trim/shutters.
I also uploaded our mockup to see the color on the house. The problem is that this image is horrible! I already messed around with it when we decided to change the door/window placement. So it looks a little wonky. But it gives me a bit of an idea of the color all over without me having to learn to use Photoshop. (The horror.)
In other news, I think I’ve changed my mind on the front porch. So now, we are planning to make the front porch the full width of the house. It just seems right.
Ryan is truly dealing with a crazy woman. Because I’ve changed my mind on almost everything I said was a nonnegotiable – centered front door, french front door, no front porch …
But it will all work out in the end. Right? Right?
(P.S. You can also check out Behr MARQUEE Magnet used in my fellow DIY experts homes – Christina at The Frugal Homemaker used it in her master bedroom and Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts chose it for the siding on her beautiful new home.)