Monday, April 23, 2018 / by Mia Franzen
How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home! (The Easy Way)
Refresh your home's exterior for spring with a new paint job. Our step-by-step approach divides the work so you won't feel overwhelmed.
1 day project: Wash your house
Materials you will need:
-Five gallon buckets
Soak the surface first to loosen debris, then clean with a wide motion from bottom to top of each wall
Prevent damage: spray 10 ft. away and work your way in gradually
For windows & garage doors: wash at the lowest setting or by hand
Weekend project: Make repairs
-Saturday: Sand, fill, & weatherproof all surfaces!
- Sunday: Cover any stains with primer
Month-long project: Paint!
-Week 1: Upgrade front door casing
If possible: purchase rot resistant PVC trim (pressure-treated wood is cheaper, but requires extra care)
-Week 2: Paint siding
Shake paint well before using
Can be done in the afternoon/evening (tackle in sections)
-Week 3: Apply second coat
Sand any drips/debris
Give siding & trim a second coat
-Week 4: Tackle details
Paint the front door any color of your choice
Add shutters if desired
Add any extras: crown molding, doorbell, house number(s), door handles, light fixtures, etc.
CONGRATULATIONS! - You have now easily created the house of your dreams!!