Living With An Exterior Color You Didn’t Pick

by Cait

When we bought our house it had just been painted by the person who flipped it.  Unfortunately for us, the color he chose was pink salmon peach.  We’re trying to look at the bright side: the house was recently painted so we don’t have to shell out the thousand or so dollars for 15-20 gallons of paint and spend hours in the Florida sun painting.  We decided to spend a little money instead on things to tone the color down a little.


One of the first things we did was pick up a bench off the side of the road and paint it green (Valspar La Fonda Grassy Knoll) using paint we had picked up for another project.  Then we found a ceramic garden stool at HomeGoods, and added that to the mix and placed a coral cactus we picked up at Lowe’s on top of it.  In the interest of full disclosure, that is our firewood that is left over from this past winter still sitting on our porch next to the T-111, attracting bugs waiting to be put in the table base turned firewood holder in the library.  You can also see the mailbox we want to replace with one of these in white (or really we’d prefer the English version if we can find one).


We are thinking of painting the bricks under the window white, especially if the paint that was left in the old shed is any good, and painting the planter a color other than peach as well.  Oh, and no, there isn’t really a reason our bushes aren’t properly trimmed and maintained… unless you count it being too hot in Florida to work outside 9 months out of the year, plants being dead the other three months, and the fact that Robert works full time while going to school as a reason.  Which I do.  We plan to rip the bushes/large weeds out so you can see the planter anyhow, especially since they were half dead/full of weeds when we bought the house, so they just haven’t gotten attention yet.

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We painted the front door a color that coordinated with the peach (Valspar Grey Teal), instead of the white that it was.  And after that we could live with the peach.

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Then this started happening.  Part of this is caused by the string trimmer getting too close to the house and then (of course) it just started peeling where the trimmer hit it.  Lovely.  On the plus side, you can’t see any of this from the street, but it has raised the “should we paint the exterior” question again, especially since it will be getting cooler outside soon.

Are you in love with your exterior color, or does it need some tweaking to make it more your style?


4 Responses to “Living With An Exterior Color You Didn’t Pick”

  1. This brings back memories! Our house was an awful shade of peach when we first bought it! We had peeling paint, from a previous poor paint job. We went DIY and painted the house ourselves – we went grey, with white trim and black shutters and red front door. Here’s the update we did on our house, here

    and here

    I love how our house looks now and so glad we painted it! When you can I’d paint your home a color that really complements the pretty door color – maybe a deep grey?

    Your home has such a great Potential, we have a 1950’s rancher too, gotta love them!

    • Thanks for checking out our blog! Your house looks wonderful! I love 50s homes, which probably comes from growing up in one.

      Thanks so much for the suggestion! =We haven’t decided for sure what color to paint the exterior when we have the money (and cool weather!) to do that, we love the door color, but we might go with green for the exterior and then the door color ma have to change. Or maybe gray with green accents… Thankfully we have time to decide while we save up and wait for the weather to cool off!


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