Inspiration for Painting Our Brick Home
This weekend my lovely and generous mom came down from Greenville to help me pressure wash the house while Madison finished up our kitchen floors. Pressure washing is absolutely the most satisfying job, especially at our house where there was a TON of moss and dark spots where leaves had sat forever on our concrete patio. Neither the house, the front pathway, or the back patio had ever been pressure washed (at least it didn't look like it) so we were washing away decades of dirt. It was magnificent. Here you can see me in my happy place:
While we were pressure washing the brick, we got to talking about what a difference painting the house would be. The owners used a completely different brick back in the 60's to wall in the porch, so it sticks out like a sore thumb.
This is an old photo of the house from last year, but I recently majorly trimmed (okay I hacked) the shrubs, and the change in brick is a million times more obvious now that it's not covered up (left side). The grime behind the shrubs was also painfully obvious before we pressure washed it off.
Also to the right just out of the photo is the two car garage + upstairs addition, and even though it's not a different brick, you can still sort of see the seam where they added it. All in all it's not horrible, it just looks dated. Can't you just see it with a fresh coat of paint though?! The current roof is old and green, but once we replace it to black, the house would look amazing painted.
When we had our upstairs panelling painted we asked for a quote to paint the exterior as well, and he quoted $8,000. Yikes. We can obviously get more quotes, but that kind of money would definitely not get a return in our area. Thankfully Madison has experience with the sprayer we would need. The painter even told us if Madison had experience and doesn't mind doing the labor, we might as well grab some friends and do it ourselves for much cheaper.
Fast forward to us pressure washing all of the grime and moss and age off, and it looks so much better already. But I stopped to talk to my neighbor who has the CUTEST house next to me, and she asked if we were pressure washing to paint. So now I can't stop thinking about it.
Off-white is obviously the classic and would go well with our slate-covered porch...
This next one is going to be inspiration for above our garage doors:
...BUT both of our neighbors have ultra-charming white homes and even though they aren't brick, I think it would look strange with three white homes lined up like that.
This one feels different because it mixes cedar shingles and green trim in the mix, but it works because the house is smaller and has the cottage feel to it:
So here's my thought, folks. Instead of going the classic route, what if I painted our house green?
Not quite as dark as the green above, but still a grey-green olive-y color, which - duh - I will never get tired of! It would be easier to maintain, different than my neighbors, but still hide the additions and be classic enough to where I won't tire of it. I. Love. It.
I can't find any other photos of a brick home painted green. But I know I would love it. The trim on our house is already white, so it wouldn't need to be painted, and when all the azaleas and camelias bloom it would be such a pretty backdrop for them.
This is all just dreaming for the future, but I love that I can put it in words and share it with you all. I have been so focused on the inside of our house for so long, and I am elated that we are working on the curb appeal side now. Even seeing the brick all scrubbed up makes me smile when I drive up now.
But please send my shrubs some good vibes because I very well may have killed half of them. Oh well. You win some you lose some.