Next week I plan to hit the ground running with the repairs that are being required by the bank to get my huge chunk of cash out of escrow. The first two projects that other people will be taking care of are fixing the radiator pipes so the house has heat and having the roof replaced. I’ll personally be focused on things like changing door hardware, starting to make headway on the large rubble pile in the North yard, removing 17 bags of what I’m pretty sure is dismembered body parts but what I’m pretending is dirt (for some reason stored in garbage bags?) from the basement, and decontaminating the fridge so I have a place to store my beer.
That last one is going to be important because the other thing on my list is picking out a new paint color for the wood portion of the exterior of the house. If you don’t know this about me yet, paint swatches make my eye twitch.
Even though painting the trim and exterior is one of the projects I’m hoping to tackle myself (time and weather permitting) in a month or two, I need to have the color picked out so the drip-edge and flashing for new roof can match it. Back when I did this on Memorial there was a big debate about whether the drip edge should match the fascia or the roof shingles and the end I matched it to the fascia so that if/when it ever needed to be repainted you wouldn’t have to “cut in” around the drip edge. Since I definitely will be painting the fascia on this house soon, I’d like to do the same thing and save myself a little hassle. Luckily I’ve already narrowed down my choices from the entire color spectrum to just one: Gray. And even more specifically: Dark Gray.
Still, when I search for “gray” in Benjamin Moore’s color gallery, it returns 130 results which is more than enough options to make me break out in hives.
But, since I’ve already done this once in the last 24 months and have learned a thing or two since, I can tell you this: Drip edge ain’t worth stressing over. That’s right. Ain’t. Or my new favorite not-really-English word: “in’nt”, which I’m pretty sure I say more than once in the O-fficial Liberty House Video Tour that I’m going to post for you tomorrow.
Anyway, what I know for a fact is that I’m going to pick out the shingles for the roof first (also a dark gray) then take a sample to John’s Color Concepts which is my favorite paint store ever (and I’m bummed they don’t have a website I can link to, but I’m telling you, John is so good he doesn’t even need one) and John will pick the perfect shade of gray for me that’s a few shades lighter than the roof, but several shades darker than the existing color.
Then I’ll sit out on my patio with an umbrella drink and bask in the glory of my paint color victory. At least, that’s how I see it going in my head.
In the meantime I’m looking at Owens Corning Duration shingles in these colors:
Based on the brochure, Estate Gray (the first option) is currently my fave. But what I also know from having done this not too long ago is that those things look absolutely nothing like the brochure when they are on an actual roof. Which means for the next several evenings you’ll be able to find me in my inconspicuous bright-fricking-yellow vehicle trying not to get arrested while surreptitiously taking pictures of other people’s houses.
Getting arrested would be bad, by the way, because tomorrow is The Big Day where I get to run through the last of the red tape surrounding this house like a marathon runner crossing the finish line at a race.
It’s been an adventure so far, that’s for sure, and it’s only going to get better from here. Stay tuned for the full tour (complete with possible ghost sighting) tomorrow!