By: Cathy Peshek
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A Note From The Home Depot
When buying a house, we can’t always choose the color of the first house we purchase – especially when buying it blind! Cathy Peshek of Poor Little It Girl was able to show how The Home Depot’s ProjectColor App was able to transform her house’s exterior into her dream color!
I can’t believe it’s been almost a full year since we were featured on BRAVO’s Buying It Blind! People always ask about our experience buying a house, sight unseen and I honestly, it was a lot of fun. We still absolutely LOVE our home and plan on spending as many years here as we can. While small (around 1650 square feet), our first home provides us with all the space we need plus a backyard for Bowie. Our neighbors are lovely and there’s so much development happening in our area, I can’t wait to see how much things change in the next few years.
But, there was one thing about this house that really just drove me absolutely nuts. And that was the exterior paint color. The second we stepped foot on our front yard I knew this paint color situation had to be fixed. Given the large tree front and center on our lot, the house almost got lost behind it. The day we moved in I told Adam “We’ve got to paint this house!” so finally, a year later, we did!
Why Did We Decide to Paint the Exterior of Our Home
The original beige-tan color of our home felt so blah and, as I said, got lost behind the big tree. It took a full year but we finally got to painting the exterior of our house with the help of Home Depot. What seemed like a daunting task was made so much easier than I ever could have imagine! So, let’s get started.
Picking a Color With Home Depot’s Project Color App
Before partnering with The Home Depot on this project, Adam and I spent countless hours looking up potential paint colors for our home. As you would guess, that are literally a million options. Given that this was a pretty big decision to make (hello, we’re painting an entire house!), we were wanting to make sure we picked the best color for us and our home.
We ended up using the ProjectColor app that Home Depot offers to finalize our exterior paint color. On the app, you can take a photo of your home and “test” colors right on it to see how the final product will look. Seriously, so cool! After trying out a bunch of different shades (from blues, grays and even greens) we chose Behr Cold Steel (MQ5-20). I loved the way the blue-gray shade popped against the big green tree, white trim and peachy-pink door.
The Process of Painting the Exterior of Our House
Once we finalized a color, we had to find painters! We did some online research to find the perfect company in our area to help us complete the project. Day 1 was spent pressure washing the house and prepping it for paint. Day two was the big day where they painted the entire exterior. It only took a few hours and y’all, the impact was immediate!
The Final Look…and What’s Next
Not to brag, but isn’t my little blue house so stinking cute?! The curb appeal has 100% improved and my house just looks happier. I love the way the green leaves of the tree really pop against the blue color as well. Honestly, I’m obsessed!
But let’s be honest, a home is never actually “finished”. There’s area already a few more to-do’s on my wish list to complete the exterior of our home. We’re wanting to refinish our porch/back deck for sure. Also, we’d like to get a new front door and add some plants. Given that we move in year increments I’m hoping that by this time next year all those additional projects will be complete.
If you’ve been thinking about painting the exterior (or interior) of your home, start at The Home Depot! Their ProjectColor app really put our minds at ease that we found the best color for us for our house. It’s so nice to be able to actually visualize how the final product will look.
Photos by Hannah Michelle Photography