Exterior Painting Panic

I changed my Facebook Profile picture to this today. It expresses how I felt about my day. More importantly it seals the deal on how I feel about my exterior paint choices.  

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I knew that picking these colors was going to be difficult for me.  I must have caused this fate with all my negative feelings (not that I believe in all that cosmic crap).  Thank goodness for a patient painter and one that is getting paid by the hour (Ha!).  So, here is the quick version of what's going on...

1. My happy pills went missing
2.  Choice #5 won with overwhelming majority (even tho the red door was popular)
3. After the black was painted on the door, it has a purple hue to it
4. The grey siding color "fights" the warm tones in the house
5. The "whiter" trim color, the painter feels is too white

Here's #5 again...
2331 Domino

Here's a picture of this with my new iPhone (thanks babe!)...
Do you "see" the tug-o-war between the cool grey and warm brown brick?
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Here's another picture with part of the old yellow vinyl starting to get new grey paint. Do you see the new black door? Yes, it does look dark :(
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Last view...
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So, this leads me to a new color...
Sand Dollar #6099 for trim/siding
SW6099

Maybe one of these for the front door...
#BlackFox 7020
SW7020

or
#IronOre 7069
SW7069


My painter arrives back in the morning. I have 4 samples for him to paint. Then we will decide.  We have also limited the new colors to two; the door will be one and the trim/siding will be one.

This house is just too brown for this black & white girl!!!!!

XOXO

8 comments:

Suzan said...

Best of luck deciding on your paint colors. I would rather be "slapped, hard" than do that. I can't decide on the color for my bathroom because I just cannot commit...and it is a very tiny bathroom. Trying to decide for the exterior of a house would send me around the bend.

LOVE the sign. It is just so ME!

Life in the Enchanted Forest said...

Christy - I have used BOTH Black Fox AND Iron Ore - both are fabulous colors - very pure. I currently have Black Fox on my front door and window shutters. It does have a bit of a brown tinge, which may be what you need with your warm brick colors. I have Iron Ore on my perimeter kitchen countertops. I love it! It's a very charcoal-y color that has absolutely no undertones of anything else. YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH EITHER COLOR.

Life in the Enchanted Forest said...

Just one more comment, Christy - the Black Fox (currently on my house) is definitely more of a brown, and doesn't appear true black either close-up or from a distance. (Cindy Carey had used it on her exterior trim in Ft.Walton Beach - that's where I first saw it - and it was 'brown' on her house as well. BTW - her stucco was battleship gray, and she used the 'brown' Black Fox). The Iron Ore is a true black, but not a harsh black. Just thought I'd clarify the two colors a bit more from my experience.

elizabeth said...

good luck sistah!!!
can't wait to see the finished product
and hang in there -
love your Don't keep calm sign too

Brighton said...

We used SW iron ore on our shutters. Perfect without being too black : o )

Jill Ann said...

anything you pick will look great! i would love to show you the visual recklessness that will be our new home in a few months. brown exterior, with brown window frame, and reddish brown gutters. barf.

like i said...what ever you pick will look great, just remember it could always look like mine:)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Just found your blog! Sorry to hear that the painting is being a challenge. I am sure the finished product will look beautiful. Always like finding other Tennessee bloggers.

michelle said...

Love the facebook photo! Not good about the happy pills, hopefully you found those. I can see what you are saying with the gray. I hope that the others colors worked for you, I hate choosing a color and I usually choose wrong! Good luck and I can't wait to see!