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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We're Still Painting ...... The House Exterior

Do you remember when we accidentally painted our house exterior limestone and it looked like we were trying to turn it into the Incredible Hulk's house in an awful shade of lime green?
Here's a little reminder below!

We painted over the limestone paint as quickly as we could before the neighbors could tease us. But we didn't get around to finishing the rest of the painting to protect the render from the weather, which we have discovered can stain when it gets wet and once damp can start to crack.
The Jarrah Jungle ..... turning into the Hulk House!

It's been 2 years since that DIY disaster and we have finally got around to getting the paint brushes out again to finish painting the house exterior.
Firstly, we re-did our window frames and trim which we had painted white but now that we have settled on our exterior colour palette we wanted to match our window frames to the roof colour. So thanks to Dulux who gave me some Dulux Colorbond Monument paint (the closest colour to our charcoal roof) the window frames got a makeover and now match the roof colour.

Window frames - See the BEFORE and AFTER here

Now we need to get some Colorbond Classic Cream paint on the rendered walls and finish this project once and for all.
Mr P and I make a pretty good painting team - Mr P is a perfectionist Virgo who carefully cuts in with a paint brush while I'm an impatient Taurus who follow ups behind with a paint roller almost rolling right on top of him while he's still trying to finish. You know what they say opposites attract and that's why we're such a great team! :-)


We had the undercoat paint tinted in the same colour as the top coat - Colorbond Classic Cream. I thought that was a pretty clever idea because it's already given us good coverage having the same colour underneath in the undercoat as what the top coat colour will be.
The rendered walls are really porous and soak up the paint like a sponge, so an undercoat will save you a lot of time, effort and money because you won't need to use as much top coat paint. That's something we discovered when we painted the render in the garage and didn't use an undercoat and we had to do 3 top coats of paint which was about 23 litres to get good coverage. We won't be making that mistake again!

We also painted the white metre box and the silver gas box that are attached to the house. We figured instead of them standing out in different colours, why not make them blend into the walls and paint them the same colour.
I'd like to add our house numbers or something decorative to the metre box near the front door. I'm always thinking of the finishing touches and how to decorate the front entrance so it's a welcoming sight, that's the fun of renovating for me - the decorating afterwards!
Ok Lexi we get it we're boring you ..... we're almost done, then it's play time, promise!
Once the undercoat was painted on, the following weekend we got the brush and roller out again and did a top coat of Colorbond Classic Cream paint.

That's it, that's all it has needed with the undercoat and top coat giving really good coverage because they were both tinted in the same colour.

It's looking really good out the front here I'm happy with the exterior colour choices we've made.

Now that the front of the house is painted and all the render it protected that's another job ticked off this year's never ending To Do List. Can't believe it took us 2 years to do, oh well better late than never!

The next painting job out here is to add trim to the eaves all around the house and then paint the trim and eaves white. The eaves are the underside of the roof, which is cement sheeting from when we had new eaves installed as part of our roof restoration and garage extension about 2 years ago, but we haven't yet painted!
What jobs have you left unfinished and procrastinated with around the house?


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  1. Haha! I am one of those Virgo perfectionists! I once painted my door red, except it look hot pink! I had to repaint it before the neighbors called the cops!

    1. And that is why Virgos make the best painters! :)

  2. Looks great Michelle. I totally understand putting off jobs on your house when you DIY. Most tradies rarely finish their own houses because they are always working on others. That green was something hey?!

    1. That's so true Rebecca, but I'm sure your plumbing at home works just fine :)
      It was some fugly shade of green thats for sure!

  3. I like the idea of having the primer and top coat paint both the same colors. But from experience, I prefer using paint that consists of both paint and primer in one. It a little expensive, but it saves a lot of time from having to paint the wall twice. It is also thicker, so it won't absorb or cause mess that easily.

    Pleasance Faast @ Shelton Roof

  4. I spent a summer painting houses, and it’s a huge amount of work. I’m really impressed that the two of you have done so much work on your own – it can be quite tiring. I must admit, the new coat of paint really suits your blinds, and looks much better than the previous coating of limestone green!

    Richmond Gordon @ CertaPro Painters


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