April 8, 2013Painting The Trim Of Our Mid-Century Ranch House
I can’t believe that I haven’t posted these pictures yet. I am sort of ashamed because these pictures are actually from 2011. I was transferring some folders of pictures over to our external hard drive when I stumbled on these pictures in a folder named “Painting The Trim – To Be Posted”. After a little digging through our archive, I realized that I hadn’t shown these pictures to you! Besides, there is still snow on the ground here and I need something to remind me that it will be summer soon! So, here we go. Check out the transformation of our house!
Here is a “before” picture from when we originally moved in in 2009.
The previous owner really, really, really liked purple, so the trim and most of the flowers planted around the house were varying shades of purple.
It took us a bit to pick out the new colors for the trim, which you can see in this post. Eventually we decided on Fairfax Brown and Rookwood Terra Cotta from Sherwin Williams. And then the ridiculous, huge task of painting the trim commenced! It was one of those jobs that we figured would take us “two weekends, tops” but then ended up actually taking about two months, not counting the weekend we had to take off of painting because of Tom’s spontaneous allergic reaction to a type of bush in our landscaping. Hooray for allergies!
But, finally, we were finished. And it looked SO much better!
This is actually from the summer of 2012, after hours of backbreaking landscaping which feels like it is never going to be completely finished!
Here is a before shot of the backyard:
And here is an “after” shot, all painted up:
Much better, don’t you think?
Another picture, from the side of the garage. In a side note, I am NEVER crawling up on the roof to paint ever again. I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal, but it turns out that when I get on top of a roof I freeze up. I think at one point Tom was trying to coax me down and I refused, saying I was just going to live the rest of my life on the roof. And our house is only ONE STORY. I am such a wuss.
But, obviously, Tom eventually got me off of the roof and even finished all of the painting up there by himself. Here is another shot from the backyard, after we completed the painting and had done much, much, much more landscaping. In fact, we are still working on the landscaping. But I think it looks pretty good.
So, I hope this makes you think of the summer that is coming soon, especially if you still have snow on the ground like we do!