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A punch of color

by Jason Hammond last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:32 AM
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by Jason Hammond last modified Jul 18, 2008

The Hardiboard around the garage, was the first area to get the two-tone color treatment of Turkish Coffee and Black Bean. The front of the house and the garage get random matching pattern of two-tone brown that unites the two spaces. The first green went on and felt a little too yellow for what we were trying [...]




 

 

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The Hardiboard around the garage, was the first area to get the two-tone color treatment of Turkish Coffee and Black Bean.
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The front of the house and the garage get random matching pattern of two-tone brown that unites the two spaces.
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The first green went on and felt a little too yellow for what we were trying to achieve.
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The second green was still vibrant but easier on the eyes—much better. Now we need to touch up the front edge of the awning in the Black Bean and it’s complete.

When we first moved into our house this past December, there was so much to do. The exterior of our house was wrapped only in it’s vapor barrier sheeting, the Hardiboard siding was yet to go up and the awning at the front door was not even on our radar. What all of this meant, was that at some point down the road we were going to have to do some painting on the exterior of our house, to get it completed.

For several months as we waited for the snow to melt and then the rains to finally stop (we could use a little now), looking up at the unpainted sections of our house and knowing it need to be painted made me ill. The pieces of Hardiboard were divided into gridded sections separated by metal Z-channel, which seem to mean hours of time consuming trim work. When we finally got started with painting it a few weeks back, we were really surprised at how quickly it seemed to go. The divided sections actually proved to be a bonus as it allowed us to paint one color of the two-tone design at a time. Additionally, we could do a couple of quick sections in the evening or over a couple of hours on a Saturday without having to commit the enitr weekend to working on the house. We’ve now completed almost all of the front of the house in both colors but will need to get a small section of scaffolding to reach some of the very top pieces and most of the 4ft overhang and we’ll be done.

Painting the siding presented us with another design issue. The two-tone brown color, coupled with the silver of the UniClad siding looks really nice, but it seemed to be lacking something. I was feeling it and then Stacy said it, it seemed a bit pedestrian, so we decided that it might be fun to bring in a little punch of color to the underside of the front awning. Stacy went out and pulled a couple of dozen samples of colors we could use, and we settled on a crisp citrus green color. If you know anything about color, you know greens can be tricky. A little to yellow and they become acidic looking, a little too much blue and it can start looking primary, not the color we were looking for. In This case, the color proved to be a little to yellow and neither of us were in love with it. We decided to pick another green color to paint (Green Tease), and this time I think we got it right. The color is a nice contrast to the neutral silver/gray and rich browns of the siding, and a nice little unexpected twist to our house when people come to the front door.


 

 

 
 
 
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