Gardening & Landscaping

Red Brick house - what color to paint foundation and garage

What Sherwin Williams Paint Colors should I use on the foundation of the house, porch & Porch Steps & garage?  If everyone hates my red door and black shutters?.I am open to change. Although everyone in the neighborhood said the red door was the best choice we have made so far for the house.

Please let me know if the pictures are showing up. :-)

front

 

side 

garage

Re: Red Brick house - what color to paint foundation and garage

  • ~NB~~NB~
    5000 Comments Combo Breaker
    member

    If they are cement or cinderblock, they shouldn't be painted. I'd probably repaint the garage barn red.

    I don't know what you mean about the door and shutters, because on one hand you say "everyone hates it" then on the other hand you said "everyone thinks it is the best choice so far". So which is it?

    IMO your focus is misplaced. The stoop and walkway need to be widened, and the softscape needs a complete makeover. Rip out that tattered landscape fabric and make new beds, and fill them with shrubs and flowers.

    image
    Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter
  • They are cinderblocks that at some point have been covered in stucco.

    By "everyone hates it" that was a question. As in "If everyone on the nest hates it, I am open to change"  Our neighbors like it, but they aren't really into decorating either.

     The whole landscaping is going to be ripped out...my hubs suggested we paint what we were going to beforehand.....so we don't trample on new plants or spill paint on the new mulch and landscaping blocks.

  • LSU628LSU628
    Ninth Anniversary Combo Breaker
    member
    I agree that from the picture that the patio and foundation don't need to be painted. If you are really set on painting, I might do a light greyish-blue, kind of the nantucket blue. I agree with PP's suggestion for the garage.
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
  • I like the red door. It gives you pizzaz.

    i wouldn't paint the foundation either. Focus instead on the landscaping to hide it (make sure you don't plant too close the the actual foundation)

     

  • Don't paint the foundation.  Painting it will bring attention to it and that's not something you want to do.  Plus it gets ugly and calls even more attention to itself when it starts to peel.  Pull out all your shrubs and start over and space them appropriately so they'll grow together and you won't see the foundation.  If you need help on plantings, some local nurseries will design a plan for you for $100 or so and you can then do the work yourself.

    When you find a few spare grand in the couch cushions ;), I agree with NB that the front stoop and walk could stand to be redone and widened.  At the very least, the little wrought iron poles could be encased in wood/replaced to look more substantial, like this.

    PS - We'd love to have you on the decorating and renovating board :)

  • The photo's don't show it to the degree...but the foundation is severly stained from years of not being cleaned. We cleaned it with professional grade house and concrete cleaner and it is now only clean in spots. It looks disgusting. Right now we only want to paint it and the garage.....the house is very close to the garage ad on that side the foundation is really nasty.

     I take it from all the posts...that a color as close to real concrete would be best? To me the color of concrete on a building looks unfinished...especially in a city neighborhood. The house was moved here and the stucco foundation was not original.

  • The photo of the garage you can see the moldy stains a little bit. In person it looks like we never even cleaned it. The people who lived there before apparently never cleaned the gutters...and the water would pour over the house.
  • image reneeredmonds:

    The photo's don't show it to the degree...but the foundation is severly stained from years of not being cleaned. We cleaned it with professional grade house and concrete cleaner and it is now only clean in spots. It looks disgusting. Right now we only want to paint it and the garage.....the house is very close to the garage ad on that side the foundation is really nasty.

     I take it from all the posts...that a color as close to real concrete would be best? To me the color of concrete on a building looks unfinished...especially in a city neighborhood. The house was moved here and the stucco foundation was not original.

    No we are saying leave the foundation and focus on the landscaping.

  • The landscaping will be done regardless. That is the 2nd project. Painting is first. I do not want a house that looks dirty.
  • I agree with PP that I probably wouldn't bother painting the foundation.  If it truly is covered with mold, paint may not adhere properly.  Plus, once you paint it that is maintenance that has to be kept up.  You'll have to repaint it every 5 to 7 years.  With stucco or concrete, you may need a special paint for it to adhere properly.  The SW store should be able to tell you which kind you need.

    If you really want to paint it, I would probably go with a neutral color like a grey so that it blends in.  And maybe do the front portch and steps and railing in black to match your shutters.

    When you landscape, it will cover most of the front so it's really only the side by the garage that you will still be able to see.

    image

    Lilypie First Birthday tickers
  • ~NB~~NB~
    5000 Comments Combo Breaker
    member

    When I said cement and cinderblock should not be painted, that wasn't based on aesthetics. Cement and cinderblock shouldn't have an impermeable surface treatment because not having them extends the life of the cement or the cinderblock and eliminates most of the associated ongoing maintenance. It's just better to NOT paint them.

    And for the mold, try this: http://www.wetandforget.com/gallery_wetforget.php

     

    image
    Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter
  • Oh! I understand! As far as damaging the cinderblock, I don't think it would. It's covered in the same stucco as the garage. As far as maintenance goes, repainting it every few years would not be a problem. I painted my living room 6 months ago, and I am already planning to redecorate. :-)
Sign In or Register to comment.
Choose Another Board
Search Boards