You know you may have waited too long to paint the exterior of your home when the paint on wood and stucco surfaces not only fades from sun exposure, but also becomes chalky as paint fails with age.
During the preparation phase of this house, we found a lot of wood damage behind the gutters. The carpenter and painters worked diligently on restoring the exterior; transforming it to looking like new again while updating the color.
Materials used on this home were Sherwin Williams Duration paint for the wood surfaces and Luxon High Build paint for the stucco. With the combination of these paints the homeowner should not have to worry about painting again for 10-12 years. (You can save money by painting about every ten years rather than waiting till extensive wood damage occurs.)
AFTER – darker green inside the opening helps the artwork to stand out without clashing.
Before – solid light beige, very boring.
AFTER – Accent walls in faux painting techniques differentiate rooms without interrupting flow.
Ceilings can also create intrigue with accent painting to highlight unique aspects.
We all look for that special something that can help our homes “pop” in a special way: taking it from drab to interesting. Painting accent walls can help make this happen when it’s done right. You can take an all-white living room or all that neutral beige to new heights. However, making this happen isn’t quite as simple as slapping a coat of paint on one randomly chosen wall or ceiling.
1. Find the ‘natural focal point’: Before you start make sure you’ve selected the right statement-making accent wall. Figure out where the natural focal point in the room is so you can make it more dramatic by painting the wall in a different color.
2. Take accent wall inspiration from your room: from your inspiration piece, choose the color that stands out to you the most. Integrating how you’re painting your accent wall into the room’s color scheme will make it feel like one cohesive space, preventing the sometimes-jarring effect of accent walls.
3. Select a muted tone when painting accent walls: You don’t want to go too bold when painting these walls. Nowadays muted tones are more desirable.
4. Choose the right accent wall: Sometimes it’s a challenge picking a wall when there isn’t an obvious focus. Some suggestions: In an oblong room, the best wall to accentuate is the farthest short (in width) wall.
Generally, the perfect accent wall should also have no windows or doors and be no more than one story tall
5. Don’t get too matchy-matchy: Sure, you want your wall to work with your color scheme—but avoid matching too well
Need help in ideas and choosing walls/colors? Give RPD a call and we’ll assist you in the decision-making process.
It’s inevitable, exterior painted surfaces will either have to be repaired and/or repainted, depending on the age, construction, and frequency of homeowner maintenance. Typically, new construction homes need to be painted sooner than one might think. 6-7 years is the usual rule due to poor materials used during the construction phase. However, most individuals appear to wait too long between paint cycles creating opportunities for wood rot and water damage.
A good way to inspect your home is to examine it with a pair of binoculars or telephoto lens. Here are some tips on what to look for when determining whether your home needs painting/repairs:
Signs of fading and discoloration of the painted surfaces.
Wood damage determined by rippling effect on exterior surfaces or actual damage. The wood becomes spongy.
Opening of caulk lines at joints and trim work.
For stucco surfaces be aware of hairline or larger cracks. This allows water in and makes stucco surface look splotchy, especially noticeable after it rains.
Remember the longer you wait and allow damage to set in the more expensive it will be to repair it. It’s better to have the painting done as soon as you notice the first signs of fading and discoloration, that way you avoid expensive repairs.
We put together a video showcasing repairs we made to a house that waited too long and required extensive wood replacements. In the end, we made it look beautiful as well as optimally protected with expertly applied quality products.
Our “showcase home” is about new homeowners who loved moving to Encino Park in San Antonio, TX, however they knew that this home needed updating and improvements before it could become their “dream home.” After hearing positive reviews of our company from friends and neighbors, they choose Renovate Paint and Design to help make this happen.