This post series is sponsored by Lowe’s
The Evergreen house exterior has been one of our favorite transformations to date! Check out this amazing before and after, all made possible with wonderful, affordable and easy to source products from Lowe’s!
I collected some of your frequently asked questions about this exterior makeover project on my Insta stories, and here are the answers to some of your burning questions:
- What are the house paint colors and how is the dark color holding up?
- Can I put tile outside in colder climates?
- Why a pergola instead of a full porch?
- How expensive is it to install pavers? Do you think someone could DIY install these?
- Did you replace all the windows in the house?
- Where did you get the brass house numbers?
Okay, ready to jump in?
Q: What are the house paint colors and how is the dark color holding up?
From day one of this home rehab project, I was pretty excited about doing a two-toned exterior, but I first envisioned more of a mid-tone gray green. Once we got the samples up though (I can’t stress the importance of samples enough!!), I realized a mid-tone color really washed out the exterior and the landscaping – everything looked just BLAH! We needed some high contrast! It sounds pretty silly, but I had a dream that we painted the exterior a dark, almost black color and it looked so great in my dream that I literally changed the color on the day the painters came!! Such a last minute switch, but it was the best call!
We picked Nocturnal Green from Valspar for Lowe’s for the board and batten siding (made from HardiPlank and Board) and Gilded Linen for the stucco. The Valspar Duramax paint is specifically formulated to hold up to extreme exterior conditions and the manager at the paint desk, who was very helpful, told us this would be our best option! So far so good.
Q: Can I put tile outside in colder climates?
Since Arizona doesn’t ever really freeze, we were able to install this tile, but as long as the tile you choose is rated for outdoor use, you can install it on slab outside anywhere in the country! Like the brick tile I bought at Lowe’s on clearance for my kitchen walls? Totally rated for outdoor use too! I bought a bunch for the exterior of my own house!
Here are some tips for choosing and installing tile that is suitable for outside use in colder temperatures:
- Look for a tile rated for outdoor use with a little more texture to help with slip-resistance. Our tile at the Evergreen house was slightly textured, but I would say it was about the same as concrete when it was wet.
- Porcelain tile absorbs less water than ceramic tile and it is more durable.
- Before installing the tile on your slab, give the concrete a really good cleaning with a pressure washer. (I like this one!) You might also want to consider painting on a waterproofing sealer like this one, especially if you live in a colder climate. This helps with expansion/cracking.
- Use a thinset mortar and a grout that are both rated for outdoor use!
Q: Why a pergola instead of a full porch?
Our front porch is east facing and the front of the house never really gets that INTENSE afternoon sun. The house had a full porch before when we first bought the house and it really darkened the living room a lot. The pergola offers shade but still allows sun to get inside. If the house were west facing, we definitely would have put a full roof on the porch. Side note: Here is the stain and sealer we used for the wood on the fence and pergola! I went with the Autumn Brown color, which I thought looked great with the siding color.
Q: How expensive is it to install pavers? Do you think someone could DIY install these?
In my experience, the labor cost for installing pavers is about the same as hiring out floor tile installation. In Arizona, it’s usually $3-5 per square foot. We ordered about 700 sq feet of these beautiful brick pavers, so the total with material and installation for our front walk and side patio came out to about $3000. That said, with the material costs coming in closer to $400, if you are comfortable with using a tile saw for cuts and a couple of days of labor, laying pavers is most definitely a DIY option and is an easy way to save money! Here is a really great tutorial that will help give you a sense of what’s involved.
Q: Did you replace all the windows in the house?
We replaced all of the windows in the house but the the two steel corner windows, which we painted black with this amazing spray paint. We both wanted to save money and keep some of the original charm of this historic home! We had to have a glass company come and repair and replace some of the broken panes but for the most part, the original windows looked and worked great! We chose these Jeld-Wen windows for the rest of the house and I really liked them!
(PS Here are some sources for our outdoor living area on the side porch!
Q: Where did you get the brass house numbers?
I knew as soon as the board and batten siding was painted dark that I really wanted brass house numbers, but I didn’t want to spend more than $100 on them! I found these modern house numbers for just a few dollars each and used this Satin Bronze spray paint with built in primer to paint them the prettiest color of brassy gold before mounting them to the wall. My tip with spray paint is always to do many light coats with drying time in between coats. I love how the brass numbers pop against the inky black paint color of the siding!
Do you have any other questions for me? I’d love to answer them here in the comments. As a recap, here are all the posts on the Evergreen exterior projects. A huge thank you to our sponsor, Lowe’s for helping us bring this exterior to life!