It’s only taken me six months to write this post and share our full exterior makeover that we did last spring. I’ve shared glimpses over the past few months with our new porch decor and backyard progress. Today, it’s time for a full look at the before and after of our exterior over the past 7 years! When we purchased our house 7 years ago, the number one thing I disliked about it was our exterior color.
But since it was a brand new home, we couldn’t justify painting it, there were a lot of more important projects to get to. I love the dark moody look of a darker exterior, especially living in the PNW.
Last January, I shared my dark exterior inspiration and used that as my guide when picking paint colors. We ended up tackling our ditch makeover a few years ago and added in landscaping and a dry stream.
I think the tone of the stain and the contrasting stone soften the black.
I also love that we kept the original stone and yet for some reason it looks completely different with the new exterior color. If I was designing a home from scratch, I would have chosen a lighter stone with a white wash or lime wash. With working with what we have, I think it turned out so great. I went with Sherwin Williams TriCorn Black in flat on the entire exterior including the trim.
On the shingles I did Sherwin Williams Black Alder Solid Stain. When the painters started applying the stain I was afraid it was pulling olive green but now that it’s all done, I think it helps warm up the black and blend with the stone. But the paint seems to be causing the vinyl to shrink and not stay in place. Either ripping it all out and putting in a brick patio in or having it completely re-landscaped.