DIY EXTERIOR PAINTING
We're so excited to share some of our exterior house painting progress with you! Now, we aren't finished this project yet, but since we've owned our house for one year now and it already looks so different, we wanted to sneak you a peek to celebrate one year in this house!
Cam and I get some pretty funny looks when we tell people that we are painting the outside of our house ourselves! We get a lot of stories about how painting a single fence or deck took a whole summer and people would never attempt to paint a whole house. But we're here to tell you that painting the exterior of your house ain't no scary thang. Sure exterior house painting is a bit daunting at first. And the first time up on the ladder each day gives us a little bit of a thrill (or maybe that's a heart attack?)... but then we're practically running up it by the end of the day.
There were definitely a few challenges involved in painting the exterior of this house though:
- The biggest challenge during this project was the stucco on this particular house was extremely wavy and sharp, making it impossible to paint with brushes or rollers so we were completely dependent on the paint sprayer - we were at first hesitant to spend the money but seriously one of the best purchases we've made in regards to Cam's ever growing Tool Collection - see it here. However, getting good coverage even with this paint sprayer was tough - we had to continuously change the angle we were holding the paint sprayer so we would hit all of the different angles of the stucco waves with paint.
- Next, the weather this summer has not cooperated even a little. We've heard that this is the rainiest summer on record in Calgary since the 1920's. It's rained most weekends and really limited the time we've had to actually work on the house, so we'll have had this project ongoing the entire summer.
- During a number of rainstorms this summer, we've also gotten hail. A couple times that the hail hit, our paint did not have the 14 days of curing time that is recommended on the can before it endures a 'scrubbing'. So although we aren't even done painting, we've already had to do a few paint touch-ups to fix the hail damage.
We spent some time picking paint colours prior to getting started - you can take a look at that post.
We got to work by repairing any stucco repairs that needed to be done. Next, we pressure washed the house and let it dry out afterwards for a few days. We started with the trim in the front of the house. The trim on this house was a hideous dark hunter green so we had to prime it first and then cover it in two coats of the white trim paint. We moved onto the stucco. We were able to paint the stucco with one fairly heavy coat and then a lighter second coat and then we did touch-ups where we could see white speckles that didn't get covered in the first two coats.
Since the stucco's texture was extremely wavy and sharp, paint brushes and rollers did not work at all so using the paint sprayer was the only viable option on this project. We used the paint sprayer on the trim in spots where the trim was fairly substantial as it went a lot faster. There were some sections of trim that weren't very wide, so the paint sprayer wasn't an option, so we hand painted and rolled paint onto those parts.
Prior to starting each day, we taped and plastic-covered or sheet-covered all of the spots that we thought we would get to that day to reduce the touch-ups and clean-up afterwards.
Safety First ;)
Just as a friendly reminder, the paint sprayer is a bit fussy when it comes to cleaning so expect to give it about a 1/2 hour clean at the end of each painting session. The paint sprayer doesn't work if there's even tiny amounts of paint left behind on the many internal pieces. It's best to take apart the paint sprayer completely and clean each tiny piece with soapy water or even paint thinner.
The entire paint project cost approximately $1020. Other people we know in our city were getting their bungalows painted by professional painting crews for approximately $4,000-$5,000. Our house is a two story and it's a little bigger, so although we didn't ask for any quotes, we expect they would have come it at approximately $7,000.
2 gallon Killex Primer = $50
4 - 1 gallon cans of Trim Paint @ $50 each = $200
3 - 5 gallon cans of Stucco paint @ $180 each = $540
1 - 1 gallon can of Stucco paint @ $50 = $50
Tape = $30
Painting Supplies = $150 (paint sprayer parts, paint thinner, rollers, brushes, paint trays, stucco repair)
TOTAL = $1020
We used Behr Masonry Stucco & Brick Paint to cover the stucco. We are really happy with the flat look of this paint. Here's a photo of the paint pail:
- Intellectual - PPU18-19 - by Behr (for the stucco)
- Westhighland White - 7566 - by Sherwin Williams (for the trim)
- Chocolate - by Behr (for the stain)
Here's a photo of the house as it stands today!! We still have some trim to finish and the hunter green fascia is sticking out like a sore thumb now. But we'll give you another update when the painting project is 100% finished :)
And of course, here's the before photos:
And one more before and after:
We painted the exterior of our first house too if you want to take a look at that post as well!