The house is painted!

After some back and forth about whether to DIY this one, we decided to hire someone to paint the house.  Matt seriously considered renting a sprayer and doing it himself (with some help from me), but we have been very busy lately and we knew it would be much quicker to have a pro paint it.  We are happy with that decision.  After getting several quotes, we chose a company that was highly recommended by a friend with reasonable prices.  They did it in two days.  Who knows how long it would have taken us to complete it.  Meanwhile, it is fall now, which means the days are shorter and the ones with good weather for painting are going to get fewer and farther between.  As you may know, we took some time to think about the color, too.  We finally decided to throw caution to the wind and go with our favorite color instead of one that would be safe (and maybe even a little boring, in our opinion).  We could not be happier with the results.  Are you ready for the big reveal?  Here it is:

And the back of the house:

The color is looking more blue on my computer screen.  It’s teal, and the color can look more green or more blue depending on the light.

I can hardly remember what the house used to look like.  Looking back at the progression, I realize how far we have come!

March 2010 (by this point, we had installed the new front door and Matt had added small planting beds to the front hard, but that’s about it):

Ugh, I hated that brick facade on the front so much!  And the paint color was just so blah.  The windows were pretty bad.  In some areas, the paint was in bad shape.

November 2010 (old siding removed, insulation added to exterior walls, new windows installed, housewrap - all DIY by Matt):

A few weeks ago - early September 2011 (new siding, new windows, window trim, more plants, and color swatches to help us decide on the color - all DIY):

Now - late September 2011 (new paint on everything, and you can see the fence and gate - DIY by Matt with help from Robert - in this photo):

We know our color decision was sort of a bold one.  With a few exceptions, most of the houses on our street are a very muted palette.  That’s a nice way of putting it.  I’d say most are drab.  Anyway, I was a little bit anxious when I first saw the finished results, but I no longer feel that way.  I think our house is the best looking one on the street.  Maybe we’ll start a trend.  

I decided that I really like the way the fence looks with the paint color.  I’d love to get a wood front door and garage doors.  If we decide that’s not in the budget, maybe I’ll attempt a faux wood paint job, but only if I can get it to look realistic.  I’ve seen a couple of blue houses with warm wood doors, like one of my inspiration houses below, and I think they look so sweet.

Well, readers, I’m dying to know what you think!