My wife has been on my case for awhile to fix up the outside of the house. And she’s right, it could use a spruce. The siding is looking a little worn and after the winter weather and the hot sun beating down on it the summer the house could definitely use a pick me up. So I decided it would be a good time to paint the exterior. But I’ve never taken on a job like this before. I wanted to do it myself so I watched some YouTube videos and read some DIY blogs to get pro tips on painting the outside of the house. I figured I’d go to the home improvement store, pick up a few cans of paint and some brushes, and get to work.
I was very wrong. I had no idea how many different kinds of exterior paints there are. There are also primers, trims and other things to deal with. I quickly realized I was in over my head. I figured the home improvement store staff would be able to help me figure out what paint to use and what colors would go well together but when I got to the store there wasn’t even anyone working in the paint department. After waiting for an hour for some help I just left. I passed a small local paint store on the way to the home improvement store so on the way home I pulled in there just to see what they had.
I was really surprised by how many different kinds of paint they had in stock. They had design books and a computer to help you pick colors that went well together. And they had project books that gave advice and instructions for DIY painting jobs. I was happy to see that they had one for painting the exterior of the house. They had a computer set up where you put in information about your house, like the size of the house and what the exterior is made out of. After you put in all the information the computer prints out a sheet telling you what kind of paint is the best paint to use on your home’s materials and it tells you how much paint you’ll need. Genius! It made picking my paint a lot easier and I was able to get all the paint I would need so that I wouldn’t have to stop in the middle of painting and run out for more paint.
They had some excellent designer colors. So I texted my wife photos of their color cards so that she could tell me which colors she wanted me to get. Ultimately she chose a warm beige for the siding and a nice deep red for the trim. I picked up some paint in the same red color for the front door.
Getting all the prep work done was a breeze thanks to all the helpful information I got from the paint store. Now the house is painted and looks fantastic. Take my advice – skip the home improvement store and head to the paint store when you want to paint your home.