It’s been such an exciting month with our new exterior paint transformation! Many of you know that I’ve been dying to get rid of the old darker paint color since buying our house 3 years ago. Finally this summer we were able to make it happen! What helped nudge me? My neighbors! Yay!! They began talking about getting their homes repainted and it pushed me to seriously look into it. The process was also made so much easier because I was able to get referrals from them on great painters. That’s the hardest part of tackling a job like this.. finding someone good that you can trust. Painting a home is also an expensive project so it’s important to plan properly to get the job done right.
To make this post a little easier for you I’ve decided to add a few important tips that we’ve learned along the way. Knowing some of these should help make the process of painting the exterior of your home more pain free for you.
Research painters and get multiple quotes!!
I can’t stress this enough. Exterior paint jobs can run anywhere from $4,000-10,000 in my area depending on the size of the home so it’s important to get a few quotes to compare. Ask friends if they know a good painter then look at a few of their jobs yourself if possible. Painting an exterior takes a ton of work.. from prep to painting to the finishing touches. You really want to find someone who cares about doing the job right. So many people rush to get to the next job and scrimp on the details as a result.
My experience –
When I began my search I met with 2 different painters who walked the house with me discussing their thoughts on what needed to be done. We had a dark painted home that I wanted to paint almost white so I knew this was already going to be a bigger job than most. I think most look to either repaint the same color or shift slightly to a similar tone. Both easier than a complete color overhaul. Another factor is that I have deep stucco on my home which I knew would take more effort to paint.
My friends who know more about exterior stucco told me to get a quote for 1-2 coats PLUS a backroll. You also want a quote that includes the specific type of paint you’re considering getting. Make sure to ask your painter what they recommend but also make sure to do your homework and tell them that you want a really good exterior paint. Not the bottom level which they may use if you don’t specify a difference. People aren’t out to cheapen the job but… some may and you need to watch what you’re paying for.
My quote consisted of Sherwin Williams Duration paint. I went with SW because my Home Owner’s Association required it. The Duration paint was a higher level and more expensive than the others but in the long run it will last much longer. It has a beautiful matte finish that repels dirt and dust and it goes on beautifully. Many of my Instagram designer and architect friends recommended it and my neighbor just had her home repainted using it. I loved the way it turned out so I knew that’s what I wanted. Every manufacturer (Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, etc) has their top of the line exterior paints so find what works within your budget and let your painter know so they can include this in their quote.
The colors used on my home? Sherwin Williams Windrift Beige cut 50% for the body using Duration paint and the trim is Classic Light Buff in Satin. The shutters are Tricorn Black in satin as well. I love the entire combination.
I received 2 different quotes and believe it or not I went with the higher quote. I simply went off the jobs I saw being done ( both painters worked in my neighborhood) then rolled the dice. I love who I chose and I”m happy with their work. It’s a tough call however.. go with our intuition. Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate. Most will if you’re polite and you know a little about what’s involved.
Test Test Test your Paint Colors!
If there is one thing I would suggest it’s to paint whatever color you’re thinking of going with directly onto your home on all 4 sides. I did this and it helped tremendously. There are so many factors to consider when choosing. The lighting, the hardscape you have and more. I’m always surprised what colors look like when on an actual surface. Poster boards never work well enough for me. I test 4 different colors and painted 2-3 coats on my home of each to get the real idea of how they would look. :)
Clear your outdoor space of furniture and more
Move what outdoor items you have in the garage to clear the way for them prior to day 1 of painting. This helps keep your items safer from paint and it moves the job along a little quicker so they don’t have to move things themselves.
Plan for the paint job to take a good week for it to be done correctly.
Our paint job from prep to finish took an entire week. To paint things properly that’s how much time good guys will usually take. My painters covered every inch of pavers, stone and outdoor furniture and items. They carefully removed all outdoor lights from the house rather than tape around them and they also remove shutters, doorbells, hardware, etc. Another thing, my painters only painted 1 side each day. I found this interesting but it made sense.. they said that by doing it this way they can be more meticulous and see the job in it’s entirety from start to finish each day. Once the entire home was finished they went back over it again and triple checked the details. I loved that. Ask your painter how they paint a home. I had never thought of it this way before.
Double check the paint before they begin!
My painter wanted to use a Kelly Moore product but I wanted Sherwin Williams for my job. I didn’t want a SW formula with Kelly Moore paint. It isn’t always the same. Another reason why you should double check? My formula was a color cut 50%. When the guys began to paint I recognized the color was darker and looked at the buckets. I then called Sherwin Williams and sure enough, they messed up and ran the formula at full strength. Double check!! When you are altering a color a little it doesn’t show up on the can as being cut 50%. It just gives you the numbers of the different colors in the paint. The guys had no idea the store made the wrong mix. Luckily I caught it before the entire house was painted and the store was quick to deliver the new paint and take back the wrong color. I can’t even imagine what would have happened had I not double checked!!
Get to know your painters!
This should be a given but I can’t emphasize the importance of being kind to the workers painting your home or doing any work for that matter. I worked in the service industry as a Flight Attendant and I appreciate being treated nicely. The guys, Juan and Francisco who painted my home were so conscientious I immediatly let them know. I told them I appreciated their hard work and reminded them every day by thanking them and bringing them coffee and cookies. It’s the least I could do. :) As a result they were amazing and treated my home like they would theirs.
Hope these tips help you a little with your exterior paint decision making process… I learned a ton on this project from not only my friends and neighbors but from the guys themselves. If any of you have more tips on the subject please leave them below so that we can all learn from you! :)
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