new house colours

September 4, 2014

Those who have been following here a while may recall my earlier post about The Great Home Improvement Snowball Effect.  And my ongoing experiments with colour.  We have arrived at the culmination of the two.

I give you: our new exterior.

eichler exterior via dearhouseiloveyou.com

eichler exterior via dearhouseiloveyou.com

eichler exterior via dearhouseiloveyou.com

eichler exterior via dearhouseiloveyou.com

This started off very innocently when we looked at our siding in the front and noted that it was getting pretty soft.  We opted to replace it, and while we were at it, switch things up to satisfy my desire for a brighter look.  Which meant repainting the entire house.

We had professional painters do the work, so it happened all at once without a lot of time to change my mind a hundred times before settling.  Our guy, Mike Moody, has been super about helping pick colours and finishes, and his team is really respectful of the house as they work.  They replaced our siding, sanded everything down to bare wood, and primed like crazy.  I can’t recommend him highly enough.

The feel of the house is so different with the white beams.  Super bright and airy.  We kept the trim and posts darker to keep some emphasis on the post and beam construction.  I am still scheming to restore all of our tongue-and-groove ceilings to the original bare redwood someday.  If I ever manage that, we’ll have the white beams pop against the redwood.  I can dream.

The door is now a very bold yellow.

eichler atrium via dearhouseiloveyou.com

eichler atrium via dearhouseiloveyou.com

The bench in the atrium got a mini-makeover too.  Winston approves.

cinderblock bench via dearhouseiloveyou.com

I might be toning that blue and yellow combination down now that I’ve lived with it for a few days.  The gray and white, however, we are loving.  The house looks so crisp and new.

Here’s what we used:

  • Door:  Valspar ‘Gold Zinger’ VR012A
  • Siding:  Benjamin Moore ‘Kendall Charcoal’ HC-166
  • Accent:  Benjamin Moore ‘Secret’ AF-710
  • White:  Benjamin Moore ‘Snowfall White’ OC-118

Did I mention it’s bright? Yup.

eichler atrium via dearhouseiloveyou.com

We’re getting the interior done this week.  Just ceilings and trim, so I can give myself ALL the time I need to select wall colours.

In the meantime, please help yourself to my album of bonus pictures on Flickr (including siding replacement process shots, details of Mike’s work, and importantly, more cute pics of my dog.)

What do you think?  I’d love to hear.

All photos by Karolina Buchner

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  • Reply hannah m September 4, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I adore it! I have the same plans for our house – gray with a pop of yellow/pear on the door. I love the gray you chose – the darker with the fresh white are swoony. And I would expect nothing less than swoon-worthy from you, dear Karolina!

    • Reply karolina September 4, 2014 at 3:25 am

      Thank you, Hannah! I am very pleased with it. It took some work to get the right gray and, surprisingly, the right white. Pear sounds really nice — I would love to see what you pick!

  • Reply Andy Lacey September 4, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Wow! Just stunning. Love your color choices. I know how difficult it can be to pick the right gray, so bravo! Contrasts really well with the white ceilings/beams. Must be strange to have everything change so quickly. We are living through a gradual transition –the nature of DIY, I guess. I would be constantly walking around staring. And the yellow is the perfect accent.

    • Reply karolina September 5, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Thanks Andy! It was a big change all at once– I actually prefer the DIY route for that reason. It feels both magical and overwhelming to get it done this way. 🙂

  • Reply Olivia September 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Noooo! Don’t tone it down–I LOVE it! We need to repaint our MCM home too and your palette is my new color inspiration!!

    • Reply karolina September 5, 2014 at 3:21 am

      Hi Olivia – thanks for stopping by! I am going to keep the yellow and blue for a while. It was a bit of a whim, and reminds me of some of Ferm Living’s palettes. And of a certain popular Scandinavian furniture retailer (oh well). But I’m finding I really like it with the gray. I love your blog and house (and am amazed by the wood panel wall)– can’t wait to see what you do next!

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  • Reply Debbie A January 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Your house is beautiful, Soulful! I can’t wait to see the tongue and groove go back to redwood…that’s gonna look awesome! My “wish list” is to buy a MCM home one day…soon I hope!

  • Reply Greg April 8, 2020 at 4:37 am

    Great colors! Did you use a matte or satin finish on the body with the Kendall Charcoal?

    • Reply Karolina September 15, 2022 at 2:24 am

      Hi Greg – the body was done in matte finish. We didn’t like how higher gloss finishes picked up the texture of the siding, and the matte is more reminiscent of the original stains that were used on these homes.

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