Introduction You may remember that I did not like the color of our shutters. Today…
Previously, I said how I did not like our red shutters or our red door. I am going to do a series showing you how I changed the outside of our house. This is the first post in that series.
Here is the house after I trimmed the tree between the windows.
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Later, I decided that the tree between the windows couldn’t be good for the house, so we dug it out. After we dug it out, the siding was more visible. Even after a good scrubbing, the darkened siding would not come clean. If you look closely under the shutters, you will see that the red from the shutters had stained the siding underneath them. Since I was planning to take the shutters off and paint them, I decided to go ahead and paint the aluminum siding while the shutters were off. I chose a color that matched my existing siding (Paper White in Benjamin Moore). My local hardware store allowed me to check out the fan deck (like a library) to match the right color.
This is what the siding looked like behind the shutters. Pretty awful looking, huh?! Even after washing, it didn’t look much better. You can see that in the next picture.
I used a wide angle paint brush to paint all of this siding by hand. In this picture you can see the right side is painted (so it is still wet) and the left side is not.
Here is another angle of the partly painted siding.
Because the color I chose matched our existing siding so well, I did not paint the other 3 sides of the house. I had thought that perhaps I would paint the back, but after pressure washing the back, it no longer looked like it needed painted. Here is the front all painted, but before I put the shutters back up.
And here is the entire front of the house all painted, before I put the shutters back up.