Sunday, July 14, 2013

No Painted Brick Houses for Rebecca

Yesterday my husband innocently queried, "What color should I paint our shutters?"  Ah, thinks me, what color, indeed?  So I went outside, across the cul-de-sac, and gazed thoughtfully at the family abode for awhile.  I had been asked for input.  My creative vision had been called to action!  Yes, loves -- Bernie started it.  For it's no fun at all to choose a paint color for shutters when one is constricted by a sea of reddish-orange brick: the only attractive(?) options are going to be black, blackish-brown, or a very dark green.  But who says the bricks have to STAY reddish-orange?  And, if we (and by that I mean HE) were to paint them, what impact would that have on our curb appeal, hmmm?

What My Brick Might Look Like Painted

The Boring Red Brick Persists...
But alas -- my husband does not WANT to paint our house.  He choked out something like, "Do you know how much that would cost in paint alone?  Do you have any idea how LONG that would take?  I was only going to paint the SHUTTERS!!"
 
And so, friends, another design dream dies and fades away, and I find myself looking aghast at the time and wondering where my afternoon went.  Hopefully your day was more productive than mine was!
 
Updated July 18th, 2013: I no longer want to paint my house.  I don't like how the painted brick looks with my peaked roofline.  So the hours spent on that rendering weren't wasted, after all -- I saved myself the expense and heartache of having the house painted and THEN realizing I didn't like it after all. 

5 comments:

Jackie said...

I can see your husbands point of view - once you start painting brick, it will have to be painted again. I like your photoshopped version but I also like the brick you have now. Have you thought of lightening the shutters?

You have a beautiful home!

Chris said...

When we bought our (yellow) brick house fourteen years ago, my husband was heard to say, "YES! No more painting the outside of the house!!" I'm thinking Bernie might be thinking the same? Once painted, the painting must go on! :-)

Rebecca Grace said...

Yes, Chris and Jackie -- he did mention the maintenance concern!

Actually, looking at my "what if" picture today, I don't like how that looks with the roofline of my house. I like that light painted brick look much better on older, historic homes -- or newer homes that were built to resemble historic homes. So yes, I'm going to consider different shutter/front door paint colors. I don't DISlike how the house looks now, but I do get bored and I like changing things.

Ewa Stieglauer said...

Hi, here in northern part of Germany, where I now live, about 80 percent of all houses are with bricks on the outside (they are specially made , so you do not do anything to it) and some houses habe shutters, too and what really nice looks are white shutters and white doors, a little classic or with a red door.. Hugs, Ewa

Ewa Stieglauer said...

Hi, here in northern part of Germany, where I now live, about 80 percent of all houses are with bricks on the outside (they are specially made , so you do not do anything to it) and some houses habe shutters, too and what really nice looks are white shutters and white doors, a little classic or with a red door.. Hugs, Ewa

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