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We had always planned on doing a two-toned exterior, but were thinking of a more mid-tone green on the board and batten. The day before the painters started I had a sudden change of heart and REALLY wanted to do a dark color on the siding! These exterior inspiration images from Atlanta designer Pam Sessions sealed the deal!
So I quickly ran to Lowe’s and picked up a few samples of dark green, almost black colors that I felt worked a little better with the reclaimed brick pavers. From left to right the colors here are Jasper, Forest Canopy and Nocturnal Green.
We picked a beautiful warm gray that reads as white, but I think will hide dust really well. The color is called Gilded Linen and we had it mixed in the Valspar for Lowe’s Duramax formula that is specifically made for stucco finishes. The painters mentioned they were so impressed with the coverage and I’m obsessed with the color.
I missed seeing the dark green paint getting sprayed live, but you can imagine my reaction when I pulled up to the house to have a meeting with the contractor to this gorgeous view! I LOVE IT.
Some of you wondered if the dark color would effect the inside temperature of the house in the hot Arizona summers. We have done dark exteriors here before and there is no interior temperature effect at all! The surface of the dark siding will of course be warmer to the touch than the white stucco, but there will be no difference whatsoever inside the house. One thing to note is that dark colors can fade a little faster than lighter colors and that’s why we were sure to use the Duramax paint from Lowe’s, which is fade resistant!
The board and batten was made using Hardie sheets and planks and I love how they add so much character and dimension to the exterior! And isn’t the fence stain color gorgeous with the new exterior? We used Thompson’s Waterseal on the wood fence (you can read more on the materials in this post). The stain and sealer in one is super fade resistant and is easy to reapply with just a roller! The painters aren’t finished with that project yet, but I love how it’s looking!
The new porch pergola is also getting stained next!
I love this side porch area where the stucco and the dark siding can both be seen with those gorgeous original corner windows. A lot of you asked how we were able to restore these beauties. We had to replace some of the glass and then we used this spray paint to help them match the new Jeld-Wen windows.
The next project is finishing up the checkerboard tile on all the porches! I LOVE the new house color with these inexpensive concrete and cement color tiles!
We are getting to the fun part of the remodel process where the design ideas start to come to real life and every one can breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all looking good! :) Can’t wait to get the sod in and some pretty plants!