What to do, How it works, and What you get
Step 1 – What you want and how much it costs.
(What you do)
For a price quote, first contact us with a high quality photo of your home and answer the questions below.
- When do you plan to paint? Is this a rush order?
- Are you interested in Historic Colors? How authentic would you like it to be?
- Providing you have a Victorian home, how much detail do you wish to highlight? Are you looking for a Painted Lady?
- What colors do you like or have in mind?
- Are your window sashes paintable?
- Are there any architectural changes you would like, such as the addition of real shutters, etc?
If I see your home has issues needing correction to improve its appearance I will recommend a phone consultation and explain what can be done.
We will get back to you within 2 business days with a price quote.
If you agree to our services we will then send you information on the types of photos we will need to do your project.
Step 2 – Preparing the house for color or architectural changes.
(What Old House Guy will do)
A photograph of your house is first cleaned up and improved in Adobe Photoshop. Color placement is corrected for 9 out of 10 houses have some placement problems. Each individual window and architectural feature is meticulously outlined. This is a very time consuming process.
Each of the existing colors on your house are then individually removed and converted to gray-scale (black and white image) which allows the natural shadows and details to be retained. The surfaces are then prepared for your new colors to be applied.
The result is a high quality photographic image of your house. The image will look real as if your house was actually painted and THEN photographed. It will NOT look cartoonish as many online and in-store house paint color viewers you see advertised. We will be working with one side of your house.
Since the new colors are being applied to your existing house, peeling paint or damaged siding will still be visible, but in the new color. Wood damage can be repaired and modifications made to the house before work is started. Shutters, new door, windows, etc. can also be added at an additional fee. Please let me know if you are interested before paint setup work begins.
Step 3- Choosing colors. (What we do together)
I will first provide some samples of your house with color combinations I recommend based on the period and style of your house.
If you have colors in mind I can show you how they look. Colors manufacturers I use are both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. If you have a color you prefer from another manufacturer, I should be able to work with that color also. Your local paint store can easily match all paints from all manufacturers.
If you do not have a color in mind, I will send you a file with over 300 sample images of various Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint color combinations we can try on your house. These colors are proven winners and will work well on a historic or contemporary house. You are NOT limited to the number of samples I show you.
This is what our paint charts look like.
I will provide guidance and offer suggestions for different colors and color schemes. You will see how different colors and shades affect your home’s appearance. Proper color placement and contrast really make an impact for curb appeal.
Please let me know how authentic you would like to be with historic colors. If you prefer to be authentic, we can suggest historic colors from our library, period paint supply catalogues, etc. Working with you, we will determine the architectural style of the house, period of construction, and period of significance. I have a collection of historic colors that have been matched to modern day color codes.
We will be in communication during the entire process by email or phone. Emails will be answered within 24 hours Monday through Friday.
We will email you high quality JPEG images of the front view of your house, showing the sample colors for you to review. These samples can then be changed or modified until you find something you like.
Step 4- The Final step from Old House Guy.
Upon selecting a final color palette, if your house has a lot of architectural details, we can provide Color Placement Maps – image files with close-ups of various areas of your home, with color labels on different features of your house. This is what you will give to your painter so he knows exactly what color to paint each feature. This will make his/her job easier. This color placement is very important and can make or break the appearance of your house.
You will also receive Color Testing Instructions. Before you paint, color testing is recommended. Although you are receiving a quality image of your house colors, colors selections are provided as a guideline. Remember, the image you see on your computer may look different on another computer and on your house.
When testing colors we suggest you purchase small test cans of paint and test the colors on one small area of your house to see how they work together in your particular environment at different times during the day. The trees and lighting within your landscape affect the appearance of colors. Exact colors can appear different on houses in different locations. Your neighbor’s house will affect how your colors appear. You may like how the color looks on your house in the morning, but not during mid-day. Test the colors and give it a few days to really get the feel of it.
Still not sure?
Why would I need someone to tell me how to paint my house?
Don’t think that you need to have an elaborate Queen Anne Victorian house to get this service. True, if you have a Victorian house with lots of detail, choosing colors can be a nightmare. But if you have a simple house there is no reason to make it look like all those other average houses. It can really come alive and be pleasing to look at with the right choices.
See some sample Paint Color Only projects and Paint colors with curb appeal improvements.
There are two key factors to painting your house -color selection and color placement. When choosing colors, you will need to choose colors that work together. Color placement is extremely important – I cannot stress this enough!
You can have the best combination of colors, but if you do not understand the architecture of the house and what colors need to go on certain features, your house is doomed. It can look structurally off-balance. Incorrect color placement can make great colors look bad. Another common error (probably the biggest error) is not knowing when and how to use white. Improper use of white cheapens the appearance of the house.
So no need to worry, check us out and let us help you give your house the best curb appeal in your neighborhood.
Get started now with Step 1