Expensive disaster

HammockDreamerMarch 12, 2014

I am brand new here because I need help! My husband and I just paid to have our home painted...and it is horrendous. I have spent yrs painting and decorating interiors, but I am obviously a fail with exteriors. I chose "Apricot Butter" for the base house color with white for the trim and red doors. In retrospect, I see our error was in testing only on the back side of the house (which I still like). However, the front side (for all the world to see) is school bus orangey/yellow. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to have it professionally repainted. I will have to try to do it myself - I don't know if just changing the trim and doors would help or not. I have sobbed for 4 days now....Please help!

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Acadiafun

Stop crying please- it's not that bad. I would paint the garage door white as you have been contemplating. That would soften the brightness of the house quite a bit. Although it might break up the line of the house a bit you could also paint below the trim line white as well. A few smaller evergreen hedges would also look nice in front. I like the color of the door so I would not change that. Good luck are really please don't be so upset by this. Lime green I would be upset about.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 12:53PM
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Acadiafun

BTW- I put your photo up on the Sherwin Williams paint visualizer and painted the doors and below the trim white and it looked pretty good. You can try out some colors to see what you like

Here is a link that might be useful: Paint visualizer

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 1:08PM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

Paint the garage door white along with jambs and door stops.

Paint the entrance door jambs white to draw more attention to the entrance.

Plant some shrubs.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 1:13PM
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HammockDreamer

Thank you so much! I think it was just the expense that pushed me over the edge! I agree more white - definitely for the garage door would help. I'll be going to the nursery this weekend to look for shrubs! The painter said he thought I should add brown to the posts???

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 1:25PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

The painter said he thought I should add brown to the posts???

no way

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 3:17AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

Take a picture of the house with you when you visit the garden center. Get some advice on colors, textures, heights, etc.

Envision a Terracotta rose bush near the front entrance. :)

This post was edited by brushworks on Thu, Mar 13, 14 at 9:02

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 8:56AM
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Lori A. Sawaya

I kinda like it. The color looks really nice with your roof.

Agree about the white garage door and landscaping.

Agree with Chris, no brown.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 9:05PM
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jcalhoun

I agree with more white. Maybe doing the front door in a green color rather than the red.

No offense but the red in conjuction with the rest of the color looks like a peach pit.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 6:12PM
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kashka_kat

Well when your painter guy said "add brown" - did he actually mean paint the wood a solid dark chocolatey brown. Or did he mean add a touch of brown TO THE WHITE PAINT - which would make it a creamier, more beigey, less stark shade of white - which would I think actually help to subdue the yellow somewhat because there wouldn't be such a stark contrast between it and the white, and between the brown roof and the white. Colors are very much about how they relate to the colors around them - sometimes there is some trial and error involved - no way around that.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 3:45PM
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jane__ny

I agree, a softer white would tone things down. Do you have a better pic, it's blurry on my screen?

Jane

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 3:53PM
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Faron79

DEFINITELY agreeing with Fun-C, Brush, & Chrisn...

White garage-door, white entry-area jams, and attractive landscaping!
Well-chosen plantings/textures visually "anchor" a home to its surroundings. A couple medium-sized pots with appropriate plants/flowers at the sides of the garage-doors would "soften" that wide space as well!

Faron

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 9:42PM
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lascatx

I think it's a cute house with a front door that needs to be painted. If you could change only one thing, I would say it should be that red door. I agree with the garage door (or the gable above it) and front entry trim white and the front door green (or blue). No to the brown post idea here too.

Definitely add some landscaping along the front. I would do either a low hedge and some low flowering plants in front or a mixed flower bed with a tall bush or small ornamental tree with a birdbath in the corner. Try to use varying shades of greens and more pink, purple and white in your flowers (cool colors) rather than oranges and reds. I think you'll be fine.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 10:25PM
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graywings123

It would not be that hard to re-paint one side of the house. Most of it can be done from a folding ladder. You do it in sections, a couple hours here and there, and you are done. The hard part, the prep work, has already been done.

Painting isn't hard when you are doing it on your own schedule. You plan so that you are not painting in the sun. You pace yourself, you don't hurry, and you quit before you are tired.

This is not a big job.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 6:56PM
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Fluffeebiskits1

I agree with the advice so far to try a creamier white. Like the idea of a blue door (since i have one) or a green door. I tried a few examples below on the Behr app. No im not endorsing them but their app is pretty good for experimenting with colors. The color is bright but i like it. Its cheerful and looks like they did an excellent job which is something to consider. Below is a similar color to you house with grasshopper wing on the door and linen white trim. All colors are behr.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 11:22AM
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Fluffeebiskits1

And here's door in windsor haze. Here the garage door is linen white too which minimizes house color.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 11:24AM
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Fluffeebiskits1

And lastly door in marsh creek with linen white trim. The suggestion to add some foundation plantings was a good one and i would add nice tan mulch or rock to draw the eye away from all the yellow/orange of the house.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 11:27AM
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Fluffeebiskits1

Sorry this is the windsor haze door.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 11:28AM
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lucille

I think it is a beautiful, sunny, happy color and a nice looking house. My idea? Read all the posts here but do nothing for two weeks. By then the 'new' will have worn off a little .
Then, reread all the posts again and see what you think.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 11:36AM
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kashka_kat

What the above poster said, and also bear in mind that it can take a week for paint to completely dry and then you get the true color (pigments dry at different rates).

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 10:11AM
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Phaewryn

I love the main color. I like the suggestions of painting the garage door white, and making the door area light sage green, I would edit that slightly, and say make the entry area trim (everything except the door) white, and make the door the light sage green. However, I wouldn't paint below that bottom trim white, white at ground level is a nightmare to keep clean, every time it rains dirt splatters up on it. (but maybe you live somewhere that there isn't much rain (or dirt)? I think it's really pretty except for the dark red entry. I don't have anything against red entries either, I'm currently painting mine red, just with that yellow and in as much shadow as you have, plus the style of the house, it doesn't work for you.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 6:20PM
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caroline94535

I think your house is beautiful; I love the color. Still, painting the garage door and below the trim a creamy white would lesson the "Pop!" factor. But I love the "Pop!" factor.

There are several bright yellow houses with white trim and various green or red doors in my part of the county. They always appear to be so "happy!"

    Bookmark   October 29, 2014 at 1:44AM
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coll_123

I think it is fresh and cheery...definitely agree that a bit of landscaping and a different color on the garage door are needed. No need to cry- it just needs some tweaking!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2014 at 6:57PM
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