Thanks everyone for your input about what to do with the face of my house a few months ago (here).
I really hadn’t planned to address the shingles until next spring but the temperate was around 70 degrees on Saturday that I decided to knock it out before the weather turned too cold.
Many of you recommended leaving the shingles as-is to weather naturally over time. I too, love the look of natural, weathered shingles, but in this case every surface has been painted on the exterior of the house which left the natural wood shingles standing on their own looking a bit out of place. So, I decided to paint them white.
When I went to pick up some paint the man at the counter told me NOT to paint the shingles but stain them instead. As he explained it to me, stain is absorbed in to the wood whereas paint really is only a film that stays on the top of the surface. The benefit of stain is that it lasts longer and has less maintenance.
The other things is that you can have different variants of coverage. You can do a clear stain, a partial colored wash which allows some of the natural wood color to still be apparent or a full coverage stain that you tint to your choice of colors and really looks just like a painted surface.
(Please ignore our mess in the garage…now you know why we need a shed).
I ordered a gallon of Ultra Pure White of the full coverage stain.
He gave me my gallon of white and sent me on my way.
Three coats and several hours later it was just looking really creamy instead of Ultra Pure White.
After scratching my head for a while I figured out that he neglected to tint it.
Husband: “Cut the guy some slack, he’s human.”
So back I went and got the right “tinted” paint.
2 coats later it was better but still not brilliant white.
When I looked at it I thought “meh”. But I don’t do “meh”.
The white trim on the rest of the exterior really pops but the shingles look a little dingy.
I’m probably the only one who notices it and I’m sure the only who cares.
So now I’m not really sure what to do. I’m not going back to ask Joe for his opinion.
What I’d like to do is just take a roller of Ultra Pure White paint right over the stain (or a sledge hammer) but that seems like a big faux paux.
While we’re on the topic…
I totally not digging the row of black-hole windows on the garage.
There used to be 70’s plastic arched overlays on top but they cracked and fell off.
The garage is old, very old, but not in the budget to be replaced yet.
My theory was that painting it all one color would draw less attention to the large windows, but, no.
I’m contemplating adding some trim to break it up…