Weekend/Lake House - Please help with exterior paint
We purchased this house in March & have been concentrating on the interior all summer. We're to a point that it's clean & comfortable (http://michaelhaskinsphoto.com/update/)and are now trying to get some exterior work done before winter hits.
#1 - The windows are all metal casement type. Interior is painted black & doesn't look bad and this job is going to really be horrible, so we're sticking with it. Exterior is not too good so we're starting to mask off & hope to start painting int he next couple of days. What color? I think the white that's there shows dirt & rust and we're thinking about going the same back as inside. Will this stick out like a sore thumb against the white house? Part of me thinks it will look better - that when it's black & the windows are clean it will look sleeker or something than the "broken up" look of the white panes.
#2 The house is cement block. We hope to eventually "skin" it with white Texas limestone rock to give it more of a rustic Texas hill country feel. We'd like to not have to make a window color change when we do that. In the meantime, we will need to paint this Spring. Should we stay white? Tan? Go bolder? There is white vinyl siding on the eaves & porch ceiling - we are going to leave that for now - the less upkeep the better.
Lots of work to do outside - reworking those fab 60's porch posts and taking off the glued down astro turf porch flooring are high on the list....
Any ideas or photoshopping would be appreciated!
Thanks very much for looking.
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