The Ashland House: Exterior Paint

For those of you looking for “after” photos in this post, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. The Ashland House is on day three of exterior paint work. I will, however, be able to share the Color Story of our exterior and provide some insight into the decisions I’ve obsessed over made over the past two days.

The following photos will bring you up to date but also reflect a work in progress.

Here’s what the exterior of The Ashland House looked like when we first purchased it:

Exterior of The Ashland House

Note the dormer and the trim.  I believe this photo was taken in the Fall of 2014.  I knew I could change the paint colors but not the brick (OMG I was NOT going to paint the brick).  I also knew I was going to have to pick colors that would tie in the front brick, the Chicago brick on either side of the house and the cedar siding of the dormer additions.

Here’s what it looked like today:

Benjamin Moore Exterior Paint Bungalow

This photo was taken around 4 pm.  Remember:  It’s not finished.

Let’s talk exterior paint…

Exterior Bay Window

There are 3 colors in this story.  The windows are Marvin and came with red aluminum cladding.  I had our GC take a sample to the paint store and they were able to match paint for the trim around the windows.  They did a good job because you can’t tell what was painted and what is cladding.  The white trim is Benjamin Moore Wish AF-680.  The darker color on the sill is Benjamin Moore Weimaraner AF-155.

As usual, Benjamin Moore and Marvin Windows – YOU’RE WELCOME!  One day you will comp me paint and windows for my projects.  Ha!  😉  xo

Were was I?

Ah yes, the rafter tails…

Bungalow Roof Rafter Tails

This is the underbelly of our porch roof.  The rafter tails are the pieces of wood that come out of the roof and extend to the edge of the shingles.  We’re matching their color to the red of the windows.  We still don’t have gutters.  Work in progress, remember?

George is the lead painter on this project.  When I asked him how long he thought it would take he said, “Bill (our GC) and I don’t talk about time. We talk about how to make it look good.”  I like George.

Thanks for reading and Have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney

P.S.  I am drinking wine right now and don’t think I’m going to proofread this until after I click the “Publish” button.  Let the chips fall where they may…

P.P.S.  Happy One Year Anniversary OPRFLife! Yes, today marks the one year anniversary of this blog (I thought it was yesterday but that’s not what WordPress tells me).  Thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read and/or comment.  All of you have kept me inspired and motivated throughout the challenges of this past year.  It’s been a tremendous year of personal growth for me and I want to sincerely thank you for your support.  xo


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    1. Nicki

      I only found your blog in the past few months but you make me laugh out loud! It all looks wonderful.

    2. Yasmina

      One year already! Congratulations! The house is beautiful and I love your sense of humor through all of it. xoxo

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks for the warm fuzzy Yasmina! I would have been traumatized by all the work had I not employed a sense of humor. Humour if you’re Canadian. XOXO

    3. vira mandybur

      Happy anniversary, Whitney! Your house is lovely and your blog is so much fun to read! XOX

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Jim! Funny that you mention that. It certainly feels like seven people years. 😉 I kid. I kid. I would definitely do it again if given the choice. I have a feeling that this isn’t my last house. Shhh. Don’t tell Mr. OPRFLife. 😉 xo