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Wet Paint

It was time to give the exterior of our MCM project some love this week to catch it up to the inside. We spent a day prepping the wood trim and then I sprayed it with primer and finally 2 shades of grey paint. Most of the house is stucco except for the t&g eaves and wood trim around the front windows and garage, its nice to see all of the old colors go away. I wanted to paint everything first before the stucco color coat so there would be no possibility of over spraying it and minimize taping stuff off. This house was in really good shape and with all the wood we replaced it really was a breeze to prep for paint.

The stucco guys came on Friday right behind us and color coated the whole house. I decided against the white stucco and want to stay with modern shades of grey so I picked Cloud Grey stucco color. After it dried, it ended up being a little too close to the rest of my trim colors so I think next week we’ll go back with a darker grey to accent the beams and rafter tails which will give me more dimension. Since we are painting ourselves its really no big deal to make changes on the fly, its sometimes really hard to get it right without putting colors up to see how they look together. I had big plans on getting the kitchen put together now then jumping outside and doing the fence while we waited for our countertops to get fabricated, but Ikea is having a 20% off sale that starts Friday so I’ll be saving $1,000 by waiting until Friday morning to buy the cabinets. It looks like now we’ll stay outside all week and do the fence, weather permitting. The garage door gets installed Tuesday and we’ll probably put the front door on right after that too, to get the full new frosted affect. My electrician is also coming back this week to put in all the fixtures and trim everything out. A little change in the order of doing things but as long as we keep busy knocking out big stuff we’ll get there soon.

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  2. By Bruce May on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Tom, I’m curious to see what the darker trim will do for you. The last house I did was gray and we stayed with the white trim which is a noticeable accent color. I am curious though about the cost of a new stucco color coat vs. painting. I know you said stucco shouldn’t be painted, but it’s what I’ve always done and I’m considering not doing it any longer, but haven’t priced it yet.

  3. By Tom on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Bruce, The stucco job was 4,000. That includes the sandblasting and all the patchwork. That’s materials and labor. I’ve painted stucco before too. If you have to do it use elastomeric paint. You cant spray it but it prevents cracking on stucco down the road.

  4. By Halbert on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Tom, the suspense is killing me. I’m probably distorting your page visit count watching for an update.

    I like gray on gray. I think staying within the same color fits the Asian inspired aspects of MCM. But I sure have a lot of trouble with color. (Those gray high gloss cabinet doors we got from IKEA look so much colder-blueish in our house than I expected, hence, my interest in the oak look.)

    How did you calculate the effect of the frosted glass on the overall look when you selected paint? Do you have tips on how you select your colors? I’ve read all the usual ones about light, big swaths of test, etc. I still like to think there’s a secret I’m missing. I’ve tried color capture apps on my phone but they’re not accurate. And I notice material matters, too. I see stucco colors I like, but my house is mostly board and bat.

    Sorry not to have any suggestions on door levers. All the ones I like are pricey (so we don’t have any).


  5. By Tom on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Halbert.. yea originally you might remember I was going down a different road with white stucco. I thought it might get too dirty and the more I looked online I liked grey modern houses. There were 3 stucco greys to choose from, one was way too light. One was dark but blueish and then there was mine.

    Greys aren’t really that hard, they are either pure white/black or in the blue or green family. Its hard though putting stuff together. The small samples at Home Depot are good to use ( I didn’t use them) but in this case I saw some stuff online I liked. I’m pretty sure after I change my beam color darker for $25 and 3 hours work that I’ll be happy with it.

    I didn’t account for the frosted glass but am just concentrating on how the brushed aluminum will look next to my stucco color and as long as I go darker for accent on the beams I’ll be ok. I just didn’t want to color block it up too much as modern houses are more simplistic. That’s why I didn’t paint the T&G white also.

    Bruce suggested white as a trim color earlier. White trim on grey body is very traditional and more beachy or cape cod IMO, just doesn’t hit the modern look.

    I’m still learning, picking colors is very hard but I learned a lot from our Texas designer who we used to work with (and still do for the next house).

    Material definitely matters. Rough surfaces like stucco darken from shadows. I’m going to show the front after shot once the garage and front door are on and i darken the beams: ) You have me worried now about those glossy grey doors from Ikea now.. that is the color I was going to do. Maybe at your house they are picking up the wall or countertop color? My second choice was the glossy white lower base cabinets and the new green uppers, would be fun but not too safe.

    Here’s a inspiration image that made me go with Grey Cloud stucco and know it will look good with my aluminum. I use Google Images a lot for ideas.

    PS that stucco is wet, it dried waaay lighter.

  6. By Halbert on Feb 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, Tom.

    To clarify: we used the high gloss gray on an media cabinet in a room on the north side of our house. We have natural red oak floors. Walls are white. The gray doors are extremely reflective and read more blue than black in our place. The glossy white doors seem very versatile. It will be so easy to swap out the doors later if someone wants a different look. I’m looking forward to seeing what you decide.

    Thanks for the link. I like it! What a great call to flip the sidelight on that entry door!


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