Painting the House: Picking a Color

Our house is falling apart, literally.  We have ants and birds duking it out in the chimney, bees and wasps gang fighting for our deck, and mold silently creeping over every board.  Now that the baby making is out of the way, we are ready to take care of our poor house.

First off, the old colors need to go.  Ugh – yellow-white siding with green trim?  I’ve lived here for 11 years and I’ve never liked that color combo. 

Next, we need to decide which is more cost effective:  Replacing the rotted siding/rebuilding the chimney and painting or putting up vinyl siding. 

The first contractor we called said it would be far cheaper to paint than to side.  He said we have a lot of odd surface area for a house our size and that there would be alot of waste if we sided.  He is going to give us a quote for both this week.

The second contractor we called gave us a quote for vinyl siding only and he came in at $7,200.

The third contractor is coming tomorrow to do a quote for both painting and vinyl. 

Being that painting might be cheaper than siding, we went to Lowe’s to pick out our colors.

We’ve narrowed down the selection to the following:

Main body color:
A) Polished Silver
B) Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Porch, deck, shutters: 
C) Iron Frost
D) Almost Charcoal
E) Sienna

Trim:
White

What do you guys think???  What are your color preferences? 

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