Mike and I didn’t wait very long to start painting the outside of the house. We sprayed and back-rolled the eaves/facias/walls. The walls we painted Ben Moore Chelsea Gray in low luster and the eaves Snowfall White. A couple of neighbors stopped by and said they thought we had lost our minds when they saw the pink go up. Others commented saying, “Oh! It looks like you finally picked a color!” As though all the different colors were color swatches…A few – the ones who probably actually read this blog were happy to see we are just getting closer to being done and said they liked the gray.
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While Mike was at work it was my job to paint all of the trim. When he came home we installed it and that took a couple of days to get it all right. (I may have made him re-do a few pieces three times. Third time’s a charm.) After flashing, I caulked and filled all the holes and seams and painted them with two more coats of Ben Moore Snowfall White in Low Gloss and called it good. While I did that he installed all of the lap siding. We chose hardi trim and hardi lap planking for durability. The lap board comes yellow. I started painting it before I realized I hadn’t taken a picture of it being installed…sorry!siding ben moore chelsea gray6

That’s what it looked like while I was painting…I painted all the lap siding with a 6″ roller and a trim brush. 2 coats. I am sick of painting.

Here’s how it looks with the scaffolding down:
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And here is an up close picture of the trim:
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The main boards are hardi trim but the little accent pieces are vinyl trim pieces that I added. I think it’s looking really good. Mike and I find ourselves wasting a lot of time just staring at our work. It’s incredible to think how far we’ve come…and yet we still have so much more to do before it is finally done.

I’ll leave you with a few pics of our storage nightmare right now:siding ben moore chelsea gray9siding ben moore chelsea gray1  siding ben moore chelsea gray3

Mike’s at work and I’m sanding all the pieces for the balcony railing. Tonight I’ll paint them. Did I mention I am sick of painting? When we started this whole project it never occurred to me how much painting it would involve.

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