Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I Painted The Outside Of My House...

...well, virtually.  Have you ever tried Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer? It's a pretty cool tool if you have a little time on your hands.  But first, let me explain why I was painting the outside of my house.

Almost a freakin' year ago (seriously where does time go?!), I got all excited and told you we were gearing up to do an overhaul of our front walkway and landscaping, and build a new patio complete with fire pit and hot tub. You can read all about it here. Well, needless to say, none of that happened last year. We had a bit of sticker shock when we realized how much it was all going to cost and given that we're not planning on this being our "forever" house, it didn't seem smart to sink all this money into it.

This Fall, we're moving forward with more realistic expectations of what updates we can do to our property and also thinking about what things are "must do." One of those "must-dos" is definitely going to be replacing the original siding. It's rotted and warped in certain places and our home inspector pointed out 2 years ago that it would need to be redone at some point soon.  We haven't priced out options on materials (wood, vinyl, composite like we have?), but that doesn't stop me from playing around with colors.

The other day, I used the BM Color Viewer to try out a few different shades of gray.  I'm pretty much sold on gray (like... you can't change my mind).

Here's a shot of our current house color  (old pic - trust me those bushes look even worse now if that's even possible...). It's a beige/tan/pink color:


And here are a few of the grays I tested:






3. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray







6. And my current personal favorite, Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray which actually looks a little taupey  so maybe I'm not entirely sold on gray gray.


Weigh in, pretty please.  What color do you like the best?  Or should I forget gray entirely?

16 comments:

  1. Jess,

    As you might guess knowing our house. I am a big fan of gray. I also like contrast: Shaker Gray is my pick.

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    1. Thanks for weighing in! Shaker Gray is up there for me too.

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  2. I think I'd go with Puritan Grey. Fun to see the options - I like the first one and the last one too.

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    1. Thanks, Lizzie! Def cool to see some options before I go to samples.

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  3. Cool! We actually plan on painting ours just like #1 someday ;) Love it!

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  4. At first I thought I liked the Shaker Gray best, but after I saw #5 Boothbay Gray, I think I like it better. It looks like a greenish-gray that I think goes nicely with your woodsy surroundings.

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  5. Oooh I don't know! These look great! I can't decide between the Shaker Gray and Chelsea Gray!

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  6. I like the Shaker Gray and Puritan Gray the best. When we picked the color for our house 5 years ago--we picked a lighter beige. I regretted it later wishing we had gone a shade or two darker (because the lighter shows the dirt!).

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  7. Thanks for all your opinions ladies!

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  8. I like Boothbay Grey and Chelsea Grey!! Can't wait to see the result!

    XO Samantha

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  9. Another vote for Shaker Gray! :) Have a great weekend!

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  10. I like Shaker or Duxbury gray for sure!

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  11. Boothbay or Shaker Gray!

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  12. Which colour did you end up choosing? I would have voted for Puritan Grey because it fits the colours of your garden and surroundings best, to my humble opinion ;-)

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  13. Just found this 3 year old post. Yesterday, for the upteenth time, someone pulled into our driveway and asked what color the exterior of our house was painted. We have owned our home for 4 years now, and still didn't know the name of the color. My husband finally called the former homeowner and we learned it is Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore. Not sure what color you finally choose, but we love Chelsea Gray - and apparently so do many others!

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