The peeling paint on the exterior of the house really bothered TJ, whereas, I didn’t mind it too much. In a way, I found it to be sort of charming. But we have an agreement, the inside is my domain and the outside is his. Overruled on this one, we had the facade painted while we were in town last week. The men repaired the exterior. Then, they scraped, sealed and painted the place.
I’m not entirely pleased with the color. I wanted a darker shade of green with brown undertones, more like the one here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a HUGE improvement. But when the sun hits the front of the house (most of the day), it looks really washed out – more of a putty color with grey/green undertones. It looks great in the evening though. I’m kicking myself for not going with Butternut Wood instead of Mississippi Mud. Oh well, it’s just paint. But I hate to be wasteful. We have a huge 5-gallon bucket (or whatever they call the Mexican equivalent) left over that’s barely been tapped, and I’m not really sure I want to use the rest. If you can use it, just let me know, and it’s yours.
Everyone we talked to recommended the Comex brand. I think we ended up going with a satin finish or maybe it was semi-gloss. Like I said before, the outside is his domain! Anyway, the two guys at the Santa Ana Comex store (Esq 47x 60) couldn’t have been any nicer. We had the paint delivered to the house, and it arrived pretty much on schedule - only 30 minutes later than requested! It will be interesting to see how long it lasts before it’s time for us to paint again.
Edited on 5/6/10 - I forgot to mention that Comex happened to be running a special. When purchasing a big bucket, you receive a gallon for free. One of the Comex guys pointed out to me that the promotion didn’t start until the following day, but the nice guys gave us the free gallon anyway, and we used on the trim!