The Exterior Painting Gets Started

I chose our new outdoor house color and had the opportunity to buy 5 gallons of it at a 20% discount.

Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore
Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore

Yesterday I picked up a 5 gallon bucket of Clark and Kensington exterior paint in the Benjamin Moore color “Sandy Hook Gray”.

The house was due for a new coat of paint even before the renovation.
The house was due for a new coat of paint even before the renovation.

I couldn’t wait to see how it would look on the shingles so I ladled about a gallon in a smaller bucket, picked up a paintbrush, and headed out onto the master bedroom porch.

Notice the change in shingles on the window wall -- 3 new rows on the bottom, old ones on the top.
Notice the change in shingles on the window wall — 3 new rows on the bottom, old ones on the top.

Much of the rest of the house will need to be power-washed before painting but the porch area is very clean. As with the rest of the house, old and new shingles are mixed on the same wall so everything had to be painted.

The original color on the left is
The original color on the left is “Glamour Gray”, the new color “Sandy Hook”.

We’ll probably use a paint sprayer on a some of the larger walls after they have been cleaned.

As the paint dried it was much darker than the original color.
As the paint dried it was much darker than the original color. (Dry paint on right, wet paint on left.)

Sandy Hook Gray is certainly a greige tone.  When I first opened the bucket it looked pale beige, almost cream.

Before
Before
Half painted
Half painted
After but still drying
After but still drying

It painted onto the wall a pale putty color but as it dried the color darkened and the beigeness became greyer.

The only painted area is the second floor porch although it's difficult to tell.
The only painted area is the second floor porch although it’s difficult to tell.

It looks great with the new roof.

Before
Before
Excuse the cushions, they're drying from recent rain.
Excuse the cushions, they’re drying from recent rain.

I can’t wait to see it on the other porches that have bluestone decks.

Are you surprised by the chameleon-like characteristic of paint?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

11 thoughts on “The Exterior Painting Gets Started”

    1. It’s not too dark but it does make the white trim pop. Mock-ups are never 100%. I looked at every house on the internet that was supposedly “Sand Hook Gray”. It worked out. Jo

  1. I think it looks amazing – love the color – it’s going to look SO GOOD on your house! i am sometimes surprised by how paint looks after it’s dried. sometimes lighter than when it goes on, sometimes darker.

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