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April 8, 2013

Painting The Trim Of Our Mid-Century Ranch House

By RetroRuth

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!

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8 Responses to Painting The Trim Of Our Mid-Century Ranch House

  1. MadgesHatbox.com Reply

    April 8, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Now I know how to spell wuss! Love the new color.

  2. John Bachman Reply

    April 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Looks a lot better! How about a post on the landscape if you haven’t done so? That poor lonely backyard bush or tree does stand out.

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I LOVE that color, I think it looks awesome!!! Wow, yeah, SO much better than the purple!

    And go you for getting on that roof……I guess it’s good you didn’t have to live the rest of your life up there huh! 🙂

  4. Ashly Reply

    April 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Good on you guys! Someone once told me that you should always start painting in the back of the house because that’s the only way you’ll ever actually finish the job. With that in mind, my husband and I started in the back, finished in the front. Except we never really finished. Three sides of the house are done, but the back of the house is still in need of that ever-important second coat to finish the job. Whoops!

  5. Andrea Reply

    April 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Your house is so cute, Ruth! I am deathly afraid of heights, so you wouldn’t have got me on to the roof at all, LOL

  6. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 12:27 am

    That looks perfect! I think that you made the right choice on the paint. And also on climbing down off of the roof!

  7. Cindy Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Great house and loooove the backyard!

  8. Dave Stukas Reply

    April 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    A simple coat of paint can really play up the great lines and architectural features of a good mid-century. There is a small mid-century dingbat apartment near me on Formosa Avenue that has done this successfully: light gray, dark gray and white. Here’s the Google map address where you can see the colors.

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