Sunday, August 26, 2012

Painting It Red

Our first house, ca 1995, that's a dark red door!
In a rare moment of not doing everything ourselves, Roger and I hired a crew to paint our house. It was a big break from tradition. The first house we bought in Santa Cruz in 1995 was the most awful yellow-pea-green color with a crazy blue-green door. It was BAD. So, we set out to paint it one fine day, and many of our new neighbors walked or drove by to wave and THANK US for making such an improvement. We painted it a Navajo White, which is really a light cream, with white trim and a barn red door.
We are both wild about barn red. I think we may have talked about painting the Port Townsend house red, but then somehow the idea of shingling it was born, and that was that. Now that was a job. Roger and I must have blue-house karma. That big Port Townsend house was blue blue blue. Long-time Dharma Bum fans know the amount of work that project was, turning that blue house into a shingled beauty. When I was looking around at the old posts, I found a picture of the entry way of that house. Ah yes, there it was, our homage to red. We just love that color and managed to highlight it in the most lovely way here.
So, when it came time to paint our second blue house, we finally decided to paint it barn red (and have someone else do the work!). Here's a little secret about paint. No one can agree on what barn red is. We have swatches of red all over the sauna and the woodshed. Red this, red that. We drove around looking at house colors, "too dark, too light, too brown, too red, too weird…" We finally decided on a color "Brick Dust" and hired a fantastic work crew. It took them nine days to get the job done. We enjoyed their presence immensely, even when they arrived at 7:00 AM (to beat the heat). They were diligent, meticulous, good-natured, thoughtful and easy to be around. We liked them so much we barbecued a homemade pizza for them, and sent them home on many days with homegrown yellow squash and garlic.
What they gave to us was this.


PS-- I haven't even told you about the back of the house. It's the opposite color scheme. I'll do a post about that in a few days.

18 comments:

  1. That is really, really, really nice looking! Lucky you to find such great painters, and lucky them to be hired by you!

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  2. Beautiful! I think a bunch more photos from every angle is warranted.

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  3. I love it! Funny how the energy around the house changes with color changes. Can't wait to see the rest!

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  4. You nailed the color, didn't you! It does so much more for the house, too. I also loved the entry-way of the previous house. The red porch was just the right touch.

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  5. This looks lovely! I love that color too, and always want it around on houses I live in! Nice job...

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  6. I sure do like the new paint!

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  7. Oh, I do love red also. Great looking home. I always think of red as welcoming.

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  8. I LOVE the look and the bold color choice. I live in faraway suburbia, where standing out is considered a sin, so any breath of life is welcome. (BTW, my house is painted a neighbor-annoying bright yellow with white trim and a green door.)

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  9. great choice on the color - it looks great! can't wait to see the back - that was a smart choice, given all the sun you get back there.

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  10. I really like it!
    Course, I drive a red JEEP and a red Kawasaki, so I may be biased.

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  11. looks good! can't wait for more photos.

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  12. Beautiful! Looks like Vermont red----the color of our barn in Bennington.

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  13. We hired out the paint job the last time, too. Never thought it would happen, but at some point you just start to visualize the old man on the third story roof, and you think, well, isn't this what money's for?

    We love permutations of red and green and didn't want to change our colors, but we could NOT get a match to our beloved red. We have swatches of red all over the place and had to go with an inferior shade. Yours is terrific.

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  14. This looks like a home. Lovely!

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  15. It looks great-especially with the brick trim. I love red too--having bought 3 red cars (out of 4 total!)

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  16. Love your color choice. Red is one of my favorite colors...Lots of front doors painted barn red in my past...
    Question? why not paint the trim and garage door the same color? an ol painting trick from my mom...makes your eye flow...

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