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Stained Eaves and Painted Exterior.

Our eaves are fully stained and they are just as warm, rich, solid, and strong as we had hoped. I love how the wooden eaves almost glow from within and envelope the house in a cozy hug; cheerfully welcoming, graciously kind, and lovingly peaceful; the same qualities I try to instill in each heart of my own family.

Below: Evening stroll with my lovie loves.

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Below: House with almost fully stained eaves (not quite finished on the upper right). Please reference my previous two posts regarding the stained eaves: Stained Eaves and Stained Eaves Progress Report.

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Below: Please enjoy some details of the stained eaves.

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Below: A reminder of the painted eaves.

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Below: The newly stained eaves.

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Below: A great picture showing the eaves before and after staining.

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Below: The breezeway. For more on the breezeway please see my previous post: Breezeway.

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Upon first sight, we loved the stained eaves, but something was just off about the overall feel of the home. The most obvious problem was the red brick on the addition. I think there are those who love red brick and those who don’t; I very much do not like red brick, and this was a nice little reminder of how much I don’t love red brick. Perhaps brick color should be part of a personality test? Anyways, over the past few months, the more I looked at our home the more I didn’t like the color of the painted brick or the trim around the doors and windows, but I just couldn’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t love the colors, grey and white, what’s not to love, right? Once we stained the eaves I realized why. The contrast of the warm honey stain against the brick and trim brought out the true colors of the home. The undertone to the grey was brown and the trim was not white, but a taupe/beige; all together this gave the home a rather dull and tired feeling. So thus began our quest for the correct grey paint for the brick and the correct white paint for the trim. We wanted to add depth and contrast to all of the exterior elements; the deep honey stain, the thick grey brick, and the bright white trim around the glittering windows. It took a lot of walks around the neighborhood, lots of samples, and lots of chats to decide upon the right balance. And now (and only now) can we confidently say we made the right choices for our home!

Below you can see our paint samples. We chose choice A, furthest to the left. This paint color features a green undertone that compliments the honey stain of the eaves.

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Below: Testing out the darker grey brick color, the bright white trim, and the honey eave stain all together on a larger scale.

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Below: And here you can see the house painted our newly chosen grey brick, our newly painted bright white trim, and our newly stained honey eaves. (Some of the eaves are still covered for protection while painting the trim and brick.)

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Below: Please enjoy some images of the newly painted and stained home with more to come as the protective plastic covers over the eaves and windows are removed over the next few weeks.

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Below: Back patio.

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And to end, exterior before and after thus far:

Before:

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After (but also during as most of the windows and eaves are still partially covered):

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Love and hugs,

Suzie

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