Sunday, October 20, 2019

Painted House

Repainted house. New door and shutters colors. Heritage Red and Raccoon Gray by Benjamin Moore.After really thinking about our house colors and knowing that we can’t really repaint the whole thing we decided to do what we can — we repainted the shutters and the door. Above is an end result photograph. We’re very happy with how it came out.

Original burgundy colors.I was never a fan of a burgundy accent colors that the previous owners have chosen. It made the house look drab and old fashioned.

Repainted setting from with the whole lawn.After a good amount of consideration with picked a bright red color for the door and fairly dark gray with some hints of blue color for the shutters.

This is how it looks with no shutters. Really off in our opinion.We also considered taking the shutters off completely, but raised ranch houses really do not look right without them. We saw how that looks in the process and it looked really wrong and boring.

Power washing the shutters.It took us six day of hard work to get everything done. And then some to actually finish the accents off. We took the shutter down and gave them a good power washing. We took the door down as well. We acquired a paint gun for the job as it was way too much work for a brush and an end result would’ve looked much worse.

Priming the shutters.We primed everything at first. Then we put several coats of paint on. Two coats for the shutters. And three coats of paint on the door.

Door prepared for the primer.With the door we had a bit of a color debacle. The first color we picked looked red on a sample, but turned out to be quite orange. Then we went for a plain red and that turned out to be orangy as well when combined with the first layer.

First two coats of paint on the door.And then finally we put a third coat of paint called Heritage Red by Benjamin Moore and that really did the trick. Perfect color in the end that we were going for. Even though it looks darkish on the sample it comes out just right.

Painting the shutters.The color for the shutters is called Raccoon Fur, also by Benjamin Moore. It really has a nice subtle blue hue even though its a fairly dark gray. We’re quite happy with the choice.

New hardware on the door.We also got rid of ugly gold old fashioned hardware on our door and replaced everything with silver colored modern looking locks.

A sleeping bat.On a side note we made an interesting discovery. When I took one of the shutters off I almost jumped off the leader. There was a pair of bats sleeping under it. They left for the hunt in the evening and didn’t come back. We bought a bat house that we’re going to attach to the house and hope for their return.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Photoshop House Recolor

Current color scheme. Beige with burgundy accents.I love living in our house and all the things we’ve done to it to make it ours. However one thing that I think could be improved is the interior color — I’m really not in love with the current scheme.

And even though we have no actual plans to do any of this in the foreseeable future, I thought it would be fun to experiment in Photoshop and see how it could look like.

So here is a selection of options. I like the red door in most cases. Which overall combination do you like? Any other combinations?

Windows and doors repainted in red. Same exterior color.Windows and doors repainted in red. Same exterior color.

Changing the color of shutters to black. Keep the same exterior color and red door.Changing the color of shutters to black. Keep the same exterior color and red door.

And now change the exterior color to light gray, keeping the red door and black shutters.And now change the exterior color to light gray, keeping the red door and black shutters.

Keeping the same light gray exterior, we change the accents to red.Keeping the same light gray exterior, we change the accents to red.

Keep red accents, changing the exterior color to gray-blue color.Keep red accents, changing the exterior color to gray-blue color.

Now changing the color of shutters to black and keeping the red door. Exterior stays in blue-gray.Now changing the color of shutters to black and keeping the red door. Exterior stays in blue-gray.

This is just a crazy combination which has zero chances of actually happening. Our favorite theme of orange-teal.This is just a crazy combination which has zero chances of actually happening. Our favorite theme of orange-teal.

As far as my choice goes I’m between black shutters, red door and ether gray or blue-gray exterior.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Home Office 2.0

Repainted office with Hue strip accent light.It’s only been 3 weeks or so since I published a post about my office and I already have a big update. When we purchased the house we felt that one of the two garages was too small to fit a car comfortably, so we were planning to move a wall by two feet to expand garage at the expense of office space in preparation for Ridgеfield winters.

Hue lights in red.Last week we have actually completed this project and we took this chance as an opportunity to repaint the whole room in colors that I wanted to do it in for a while — orange-teal. Three walls went orange and one accent wall is teal.

National Park posters on orange wall.I also took this opportunity to fix the cabling mess behind the desk — I’ve attached 12 port power strip made by Standing Desk behind the desk which made for a pretty good arrangement of wiring. And I also have finally installed Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Light Strip that I have had since Amazon’s Prime Day.

Hue light strip in green.The hardest part was putting all the posters back up, since all the markings and nails that we put in for the first time were gone. But in the end I think the office came out very well. Extremely comfortable and cozy place to work from. I’m very happy with the final result.

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