This is the post I was supposed to write yesterday before I had a little meltdown. Speaking of which, thanks for all of your advice on de-stressing. Also thanks to Sara from RussetStreetReno who made me fall off my chair in laughter with this comment:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, stressed, crazy, brain fade, but…..you were wearing a SKIRT??
I’m still chuckling.
I spent some QT with my donkeys and my guy yesterday, and I took today off today(which I’d been planning to do all week) to build a cabinet for my moms bathroom. Really, nothing relaxes me like getting a little sawdust flying. Oh, AND I GOT THE SIDING ORDERED. Take that, universe.
So, anyway. It’s back to just the usual garden-variety insanity today, coupled with house-color anxiety.
I don’t know how most people do this… go into building a house with the exact colors planned out? Have an architect or designer pick them? Granted, we’ve not ever been 100% sold on an exterior color of the house, but after picking the windows, then the roof, then the fascia, I thought things might be starting to come together. But that last little bit of staining/painting I thought we would do the old fashioned way – buy some sample quarts of paint and patch tests all over the house.
I was prepared to not have to worry about it for a while. Except the lumber-yard was prepared to factory stain and prime everything at a very reasonable cost, and it’s very possible that we’re going to run out of time on this before winter.
Which is a really long winded explanation for how I ended up doing this yesterday:
And prompting the neighbor to come over and ask me what in the hell I’m doing.
Then, since I was having trouble visualizing, I did some hasty and crappy photoshopping to help:
I showed this to MysteryMan yesterday and he was all, “it looks like water.” And I’m all, “yeah, well it’s supposed to look like wood siding.” Sheesh, do I look like Rembrandt with my mouse over here? Try squinting a little, I think that helps.
Dude is still pulling for green siding.
I remain unconvinced.
We’re also struggling with corner boards of the house, and whether or not they should be the same color as the siding, or if they should be the same color as the trim.
And if we do that, do we also do the sill as well?
Honestly, I think neither. I like the house without vertical breaks, and it keeps the emphasis on our timberfame porch. Maybe. Maybe I have no idea what I’m talking about.
So here are the exterior color questions that remain for us:
- What color are we going to paint the exterior siding?
- Do we paint the “corner” boards to match the fascia and window trim?
- Do we paint the sill to match the fascia and window trim?
- Should I just start drinking at… 10:44 AM… and avoid making any more decisions for the rest of eternity?