Painting Your House Can Make All The Difference
When it came time to paint our house we knew it. The original paint was faded and chipping and a white house in Arizona always seems to have a dirty look thanks to all the dust. We went through a few different color combinations and decided on gray with white accents. We decide to DIY it and save the money it would have cost to higher someone. Since it is a one story I thought how hard could it be (did I mention the sides and back of our house is stucco?)
DAY 1: We knew we needed to prep the house. We took scrappers around and scrapped off peeling paint. Removed screens from windows, and took off the security gate on the front door. Then we had to power wash the house, luckily we already owned a power washer so we went around and did the whole house, and since it was out the deck and patios in the back as well.
DAY 2: I was up early and ready to go equipped with my rollers and paint brushes. My husband had school so I had to go it alone. I told myself I would have the front of the house done by the time he was home to surprise him! I started by painting the siding on the front of the house. I had though that this would be a quick process (I had painted the entire interior of my house no problem). Four hours later I realized this was not going to work unless we wanted to be painting for 2 weeks! I had not realized how weathered the outside of the house was and how many coats were needed when you paint a dark color over a light one. I knew I had to call in the reinforcements! Luckily they were only 40 mi
DAY 3: Gabe had classes again so I woke up ready to work. My mom, sister, brother in law and there kids all arrived to help (kinda). My sister and kids watched movies inside and played inside. My mom and I tried to help but Kevin pretty much did everything. First we had to cover anything we did not want to be misted with paint: windows, light fixtures, brick, cement, etc. I even racked all the rock away from the house. Then Kevin poured the paint into a five gallon bucket and mixed it with water and started spraying. OH MY GOSH so much quicker!!! There is no way I would have been able to paint that stucco with a roller and brushes! He sprayed the whole house gray that day. Thanks Kevin you are AMAZING!
Day 4: Today we Started on the trim. Of course we were painting white over dark blue again. The trim was a lot easier then though since there was not as much and Gabe was there to help me. There were a lot of high places to paint that our 7 foot ladder was not tall enough for, but luckily our neighbor had a tall ladder he let us borrow.
Day 5: Trim again! Once we finished the trim we painted the door burgundy, and made new numbers for the house
Day 6: We painted the back cement patio and just cleaned everything up, racked back the rock, clean the windows, hung the screens, etc.
A few weeks later I added the accents to the garage door!
Looking back I love the way the house turned out, but there were some things I would have done differently next time to be better prepared:
► If it had not been for my brother in law we would have had a two week project on hand, or we would have had to rent a paint sprayer.
► Make sure there is enough paint for the house, my mom and I ran to home depot 3 times to get more paint.
► Tall ladders if not for our friendly neighbor we would not have been able to reach the high point on our houses