Backyard Transformation: Part 2 – The Painting Process

We contemplated and researched for a while… but finally made the decision to paint our stucco gray. We used Sherwin Williams Masonry Primer to cover up the brown. We wanted to lighten up the backyard. Our house was built back in ’77, so we were hoping this would also make the outside look more up to date! This primer was not the cheapest, but was recommended for lasting longer. IMG_9897

My patience and meticulousness won me the job of trimming! “I love trimming!” – said no one EVER. While I was trimming the edges, Levi went around pulling up grass against the side of the house. We wanted to get as close to the ground as possible in order to get the most coverage. Eventually, we will move dirt back in for the grass to grow back. No more icky brown color! We applied painters tape to the concrete patio to get sharp definite edges. Levi also removed unnecessary wires (cable, etc) wrapping the others in painters tape, trimmed an obnoxious bush (which will be cut down very very soon), and pulled back the drain spout to prepare for painting those tough to reach places.

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I trimmed with a brush, while Levi used a roller for the rest. We were done priming after one hot afternoon. In order to get somewhat of an idea of what the gray would look like, we requested the primer be tinted with a light gray… aka light blue. It even looked lavender at certain times of the day! We knew right then that deciding on a color would be difficult. Yes, there was a long way to go, but it was already so much brighter in our backyard! Here was the stucco after priming:

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The next weekend, we bought three paint samples. We were so anxious to get rid of the baby blue gray. One sample was dark with green undertones (“Cityscape”), the second blended with the tan vinyl with red undertones (“Summit Gray”), and the third was dark yet had blue undertones (“Software”). We painted a small sample of each in a shaded area of the stucco, as well as where the sunlight would hit. Lighting is important! There are millions of different shades out there. We just wanted gray. GRAY! How hard could it be?

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With some help from family and friends, we finally made a decision. We figured since the decision between the three was so difficult, any of our choices would look decent. In hopes to make the house look bigger, we chose the one that best blended with the vinyl. The first ended up being way too dark, while the blue undertones scared us away from the third option. Therefore, we were left with the middle color… Sherwin Williams “Summit Gray”. We used “Super Paint” which is an exterior latex acrylic mixed with the “Summit Gray” flat color. The back of the house took 2 gallons. Super Paint is meant to withstand extreme weather and not fade or peel over time.

When we got ready to paint the first coat, we noticed all the summer rain storms during the past week had caused red mud to splash on the stucco. Levi rinsed off the mud while I began to trim over the concrete patio. The stucco quickly dried (it was HOT that day) so that was no issue. Again, I trimmed, Levi prepped and rolled. We turned out to be a pretty efficient little team. The first coat went on easy, but since the stucco is so uneven, we missed several spots the first go-around. This only took us about 2 hours one morning. It was refreshing to cover up what seemed to be a light blue. By the way, the wet paint was much lighter than the finished product!! The small square on the right is the exact same color that is on the left.

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The second coat thankfully went on thick and smooth. We waited one full day for the first coat to fully dry before attempting a second coat. We were satisfied with the color, thank goodness! The gray took years off the house. This was a long process, but well worth it. Now to update the windows and doors!

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