This hardie board house was due for its first re-paint since it was built. The home owners liked the overall colour scheme, but wanted to change it up a little bit.
The front door had drastically faded and was not doing anything for curb appeal of the house. We added a pop of colour by painting it and the surrounding trim work in a rich blue colour.
The front entry decking was originally painted in a reddish brown colour. We spent a great deal of time sanding it down, it had a lot of flaking and peeling. We used a solid stain in a mid-tone grey that works much better with the colour scheme of the house and the blue front door.
In the photo below you can also see the difference between the old and new body colour. It was originally a robin egg blue, we changed it to a slightly darker and more muted colour that has a green undertone.
The triangle gables were supposed to be a contrasting colour when they were originally painted, but they were not done with enough contrast. We used a colour several shades darker than the body so that the gables would be noticeably different. The trim was repainted with a creamy yellow similar to what it was originally.
The wood posts on the front porch of the house were initially stained with the same brown used on the front door. Like the door they had become very faded and dried out. They had quite a few cracks. They were not structurally comprised, but didn’t look very nice. We filled the cracks and painted the posts in the same creamy yellow as the trim work to make them tie with the rest of the house.
When hardie board siding houses were first built many of them had every piece of trim painted out in an accent colour. Owners and painters started to realize it looked overly busy. The trim surrounding things like electrical outlets and gas meters should be painted in the body colour to help them blend in. There’s no purpose in drawing attention to unattractive items on your house.
You can see on the far left of the photo below how the thin inner corner piece of trim is painted the same as the more significant corner trim beside it. In the center of the photo you can see how the inner corner piece has been painted out with the body colour to blend in. It’s a much nicer look. On the far right the plugin trim on the top is painted in the accent trim colour and below it you can see how it becomes less noticeable when it has been painted out with the body colour.
The little garden shed couldn’t be left out. We painted it in the same colour scheme as the house.