Life Love Larson: Exterior Paint Facelift


Friday, April 24, 2015

Exterior Paint Facelift

While Steve and I were in West Palm a few weeks ago, my parents came to watch our kids. Lucky for us, my dad also painted the accent color on the exterior of our house. You can read more about the paint color decision process here. It was so nice to be away and come back to a new looking home! A total win/win!

Here is the house before…perfectly fine, but perfectly beige and brown, brown, brown. I needed a contrast and a punch of color.

My mom would send us photos throughout the process…high ladders and painting through the window…my dad is a rockstar...

We decided to go with a darker color to contrast against the light beige base color. We also felt that the darker color would make the stone pop. It probably doesn't seem like a huge change to anyone else, but to us, the darker paint has made such a difference! My dad is meticulous and did such an amazing job! What a difference 2 gallons of paint can make. We are so very happy with the results.

We chose Benjamin Moore's Graphite. It's a very dark charcoal, that reads almost-black. We have a black front door, and this color is just slightly off from that, which is exactly what we wanted. He cleaned all of the surfaces really well and painted two coats in a satin finish.

We also decided to paint the columns that were previously the lighter trim color. Now that they are darker, it makes the stone pop so much more. The black rocking chairs look so much cozier now too!

The black door fits so much more cohesively and the overlook is just so much more inviting and striking!

It's amazing to me what a little paint can do! We are so, so thankful to my dad for doing this work for us. I made sure he got a nice tip! :) Our home is was built 3.5 years ago and my dad said that the accent paint was in need of touch ups anyway, so we are probably looking at doing these touch ups every 3-5 years. 

Base Color: SW Pavilion Beige
Trim: SW Keystone Gray
Accent Color: BM Graphite
Door Color: Valspar Kettle Black

I can't wait until our plants come in fully, our yard greens up, and we put down fresh mulch. I will update pics when I get my spring/summer porch in order! What do you think of the facelift?? xo


  1. Does your dad want to stop over here? I'm loving the black! It looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing and linking up!

  2. This is awesome! Our house is in desperate need of a facelift and I'm pinning this to copy your colors. Just Gorgeous!

    1. So happy to inspire someone with these colors!! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Such a massive impact two gallons of paint can make! Your house looks lovely, and even lovelier with a new paint color! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Seriously, the best $80 I've spent in a long time!!!

  4. Thank you so much for linking up with Seasons on Saturday! You were featured this week! Please come visit tomorrow to share more!!
    Abbi @ Seasons of a Homemaker

  5. I love the colors! Looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls