Thinking about Painting the House

June 6, 2014

This summer the ‘plan’ is for me to start painting the house.  I say ‘start’ on purpose because I do plan to ‘start’, but I am just not too sure when I will finish.  We have a lot going on this summer…in order of appearance…a heifer calving, My Loving Spouse getting a knee replacement (for which I am getting a teeny-tiny bit anxious about), THE Grandchild’s birth and My Other Girl’s wedding…

and…

…finishing the bathroom (in case you are visiting and wondering if you’ll still be making those midnight trips down the stairs for the facilities).

So, about the house…housepicmIt needed painting 3 years ago when it first went on the market.  It needed painting 2 years ago, when we bought it and it really needs painting now.  Lots of repair with peeling paint in some spots and wood pecker holes in others.

So here is your opportunity to offer your ideas on the color!

The three porch decks will remain gray.  The black trim will remain black.  Most of the white trim will remain white.

The house itself, the ship-lap will be…..

Now we’ve been thinking about this for a very long time….

It has always been white, so do we change it?

It is a Victorian farmhouse, but NO, we will NOT be doing a multi-color theme.  Yes, they are beautiful, but require MORE maintenance and in case you are new to this blog, we have plenty of maintenance as it is.

We think we will paint the house a soft, old-fashioned yellow, this will allow all the wonderful white trim to show and go well with the black as well.  It seems to be in keeping with the age of the home (1889) and the area, as we’ve seen a few very old barns in yellow and they have an appeal….

…any thoughts?

Oh, and if you respond with pink, blue or purple, I will be laughing inside….maybe outside as well!

 

 

  • Pam Garries

    I’ve always had a fondness for white with green shutters. Ok, I know you don’t have shutters, so that would mean MORE work. So I guess that rules out my vote!

    • Ellen

      Yea, more work would rule that out. Xo

  • cindy ray

    We are about to paint our old farmhouse. Our choices were pale yellow or white. I think we will go with white.i look forward to seeing your pictures.

  • Miriam

    Well, since you nixed my idea of blue right off the bat….. I’ll have to go with Christap on the creamy vanilla. Ya know, vanilla has the teeniest bit of yellow in it too!

    • Ellen

      hey my artist friend, can you send me a sample?

  • Lisa

    I think yellow will be just right.

    • Ellen

      Thanks!!!

  • Heather Flatley

    I like the white! But the yellow would be pretty too, probably if you do some test sample of different yellows that will help you decide to either go with that or keep it white.

  • Christap

    I vote a creamy vanilla.

    • Ellen

      Yes, good idea. We keep going back and forth from keeping it white to wanting all the wonderful trim to show.

  • Peggy

    Hmmmm, my vote is to keep Glory Farm white…….white farm house and red barn. Also, without the benefit of any knowledge based on had facts, I have always heard that yellow is the color that fades quicker than any other color.

    Thanks for asking………love you!

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