We had a crazy nice stretch of weather in Seattle last week, which means I decided to improve upon our new front door by doing an exterior update by painting our brick and window frames (note that it was cloudy again by the time I took this photo).
If you live in Seattle you know: you must use the good weather when it comes your way, no matter any other plans you may have (and if you follow me on Instagram, you know we tore out our basement bathroom two weekends ago but that project was halted with the arrival of the sunshine).
After getting our new front door, we really wanted to improve the rest of the front of our house so the front door felt more “hello, I’m here and semi fit in with this house” instead of “yo, I am crazy out of place with my fancy beveled glass and this totally ugly brown-on-brown-on-brown yucksville”. To see what I mean, here is what we had when we moved into our house (not cute):
About six months after we bought our house we DIY-ed new porch columns and re-did the front yard, which was a big improvement. But let’s get real: it was still a sea of brown and tan just staring ominously at you as you pulled up. Not particularly inviting.
So brightening the house up with some Antique White paint from Behr was the least we could do to improve things. While some of you may think brick never should be painted, I felt like it was okay for at least four reasons:
the brick was ugly;
- the brick was not original to the house and was added on top of the siding at some point after 1924 and before 1992;
- I wanted to get outside in the sunshine and didn’t want to weed my yard; and
- I’ll paint just about anything that stops moving long enough.
So here’s what we’ve got now:
Progress! Now that we’ve painted the brick and window trim, I am also thinking of painting the upside down “V” area above the planter box as well – thoughts on that? And I need to paint the downspouts to blend into the siding and maybe balance out the cream somehow on the right side of the house. In other words, still lots to do.
Even though the outside is far from done, we are pretty happy this drab old house is just a bit brighter. Best of all, when walking to the car the morning after I painted, my girl said she thought the paint looked “happy”. I’ll take it after a couple of years of depressing brown. Anyone else tackle painting brick or window trim? Or try to brighten up an otherwise dull abode? Don’t know why I threw an “abode” in there, but I am kind of liking it. Oh, and I’ll be sure to do a post soon with some tips for painting brick and metal window trim . . .