We are so excited to FINALLY share a curb appeal update with you! So let’s start with the obvious…paint. This has been our biggest transformation yet and was done simply with a sprayer and some incredible exterior paint. We have primed and painted the brick and vinyl siding so far. Next up with be a fresh coat of satin black to 3 of our fiber glass exterior doors and our metal garage door. So let’s get down to how you can make this magic happen too. It really is all about the equipment and type of paint.
What you need to paint brick and vinyl siding:
Paint Spray Gun
Plastic Window Cover
How To Paint Brick and Vinyl Siding
The first thing that needs to be done when preparing for an exterior paint project is proper research. Make sure you are purchasing the right paint products and materials for your home. NEVER assume because it says “exterior” that it will work on your project surface. Trust us…we’ve learned a thing or two from experience over the years!
Next, you must ensure your properly prepare your surface. A week prior to paint day we power washed our entire home to remove any dirt, residue build up, cobwebs, dust and any debit left behind from the seasons. The evening prior to paint we taped off all of the windows and doors (expect one left for the next day), removed our mailbox, doorbell, lights and cameras, and did a final sweep of the brick. A few hours later we were ready for a good night sleep before the big day!
As with all of our home we worked with Sherwin Williams and their vast array of paint products to pull our look together. For the brick, we started with Sherwin Williams Cement and Masonry primer, as our brick is extremely porous and would soak up paint the minute it touched the surface. Plus, when you use a primer it serves as a great base protecting and sealer. And when sprayed correctly, you only need one coat of paint. We debated a second coat, but thought it would be too thick and take away from the character of the natural brick and home design overall.
For the base paint we chose Sherwin Williams Greek Villa exterior, which is a true bright white (even though it appears a bit more creamy). It covered extremely well over the primer, as well as our vinyl siding which was a beige. Please note that when painting over a darker color siding you may need more than one coat of paint…we were fortunate with this one! All in all, with primer included, we blew through 14 gallons of paint without breaking a sweat. Ok, I’m lying, there was a lot of sweat involved.
The next major thing we’ve tackled is the massive hole we created when we did our master bathroom project in the spring. As sad as I was to take out a window, this hexagonal window really had no business being in our bathroom or anywhere in our house. It’s just not a style that reflected us. Our quick fix for the window was to box it in with a large piece of wood screwed to the siding until it was time to tackle the exterior.
Another big change to the exterior of our home was the addition of cedar tongue and groove siding. But instead of goin all in with cedar and brick, we decided to add accent areas to pull in the natural look. For us that meant our front bay window and peak, porch peak and underside, garage peak and finally our master bedroom dormer which was the only section previously wrapped in vinyl siding. I removed a portion of the siding from that dormer and repurposed it on the side of the house to close in the where the window was. That was, of course, after I removed the temporary solution of wood and installed insulation to protect the interior. Once the vinyl was installed I applied a coat of pain and viola – you’d never know a window ever existed in that space. It may seem tough, but with the proper tools and planning anything is possible.
Thanks for stopping by to see what exactly is going on with our newest project. We cannot wait to share more with you over the next few weeks including exterior lighting, tech, more cedar projects and our front porch! We promise to give you full step by step DIY instructions to do these rad outdoor projects to your home too.