Who doesn’t love a good before/after story? Our exterior paint wasn’t bad to begin with, but it was looking a little rough around the edges, and so I was thrilled to partner with Benjamin Moore Paints on this quick exterior paint makeover.
I was initially thinking of going super modern and painting the whole house black, but my good friend, Ariel, suggested that our home might end up looking like a computer monitor, so we nixed that plan and decided to play it safer with a classic gray.
This was the outside of our home BEFORE we painted:
The color was a muted beige with a touch of green that I liked, but didn’t love. I didn’t want to spend weeks agonizing over color choices, so I brought in color expert Angelisse Karol to help me narrow it down.
Angelisse helped find the perfect, rich gray almost instantly, and also selected a creamy off-white for our trim, which blended into the vinyl bordering of our windows.
She also advised on which colors to use for the porch, gutters, fascia, eves, railings, and bench. Decisions that would have left me totally flabbergasted were settled in two minutes. Three cheers for efficiency!
Ready to see the big reveal? Here is our house AFTER:
We’re thrilled with how it came out, and as my little one, Emilie, said, “It looks like a whole new house!” Even our mailman came over to rave about the new colors.
Thinking of giving your own home a little paint refresh? See below for my top tips, and links to all the colors we used.
Tip One: Paint During the Summer
We were amazed at how fast the paint dried in the sun, and we didn’t have to worry about rain or storms slowing down the process.
Tip Two: Limit the Options
Life is too short to obsess for weeks or months about paint colors. Limit yourself to a few good options and give yourself a short timeline to decide.
Tip Three: Ask the Experts
As someone who had never painted a home before, I deferred to my painters and color consultant to help make choices along the way. They advised on what type and finish of paint to use where, and how to use paint to highlight, and conceal, house features and blemishes.
Our Paint Choices (all colors by Benjamin Moore):
A huge thank you to Benjamin Moore Paints for partnering with me on this project and providing all of the paint, and Angelisse Karol who helped make the selection process super easy and efficient. That’s a wrap on Project Exterior Paint Makeover!