|This photo was taken within days of moving in.|
That original post was written when we had just bought the house and we were still dreaming. What would we like to change, where would we start .... so many possibilities. That was long before things like leaking roofs, leaking bathrooms, and rotted porches showed their ugly faces and took up all of our time. Instead of choosing renovations we're starting to learn that the renovations chose us. Thinking about replacing a door? The upstairs plumbing will no doubt give way and demand attention instead.
So the colour schemes we dreamt about for our house were put on hold. For four years.
We lived with a white house with black trim in the meantime. It's not that the colour scheme was bad but we craved something a little more interesting. All white paint meant that from a distance the intricate shingle work wasn't visible. It was a feature of this house that we treasured and thought should be shown off.
Over the years the paint has started to peel as well. Greying shingles were visible in large patches making the home look unkept.
|Looking at the wall you can see large spots starting to appear|
Sanding the shingles means that a new coat of paint is more likely to stick well and last longer. At least that's our hope!
It took most of the summer to prepare the house. By the time we were ready to paint the summer was almost over. Including the warm weather we needed for paint to cure. The primer went on and some of the paint but we never managed to complete the job before it got too cold.
|Windows were covered and Jody sprayed on the primer but we didn't get much further|
I'll be honest. There was some arguing about colour. As many of you know I favour bright colours. Jody does not. I like bright and cheery and he likes subtle and classic. I argued but he won this round. I will concede though that the results are fantastic. Although I did force him to go with a darker shade of beige on the base.
Ultimately the colour scheme is white, cream and dark tan. It's not a huge change but the shading does exactly what we wanted. It brings attention to all that fantastic shingle work.
|Diamond patterns, castles, and corbels are all brought to life by a shift in colour.|
My neighbour commented that the colour looks different every time she drives by. So you'll have to take my word that the house is white and beige with brown trim.
Despite the difficulty in photographing I think it looks good in every light. Jody was right, you can't go wrong with subtle and classic.