When Should You Paint the Outside of Your House?

The exterior of your home is the first thing others in your neighborhood notice about your property. Peeling and faded paint isn’t a good look. A fresh coat of paint is one way to transform your home and boost your property value instantly. 

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However, you can’t apply new paint just whenever you desire. Here are a few things to take into consideration before you begin painting the outside of your house. And, get this: all of these items are…WEATHER-RELATED. Weren’t expecting THAT, were you? Read on!

The Humidity Level

Anyone living in our area of Central Florida (or in other damp spots of the globe like the UK) knows wet days come with the territory. However, before you paint, you need to make sure it’s not too humid. Paint starts as a liquid before it dries, and it will remain a liquid if it’s also wet outside. If you want your freshly-painted house to dry quickly and without any issues, you should wait until the weather is dry.

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New Product Review: Winnie’s Picks

Everyone pretty much knows about me and photos. I love to take them, I love to have them, I love to decorate with them. In fact, I’m currently anxiously awaiting our yearly family photo shoot pics to come back from our photographer! SO excited to see them!

So when Gaetan from Winnie’s Picks contacted me about reviewing their premium paint by numbers (for adults!) products, well, color me interested. (See what I did there?) I used to LOVE paint by numbers when I was a kiddo, so I figured this would be super fun!

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But Gaetan took the fun a step further when he told me I could SEND him a picture of my own and he would turn it into a custom paint by numbers canvas! WHAT?! How cool is that?!

So, I did. I sent him a pic. Here’s the one:

I mean, I think they’re kinda cute! Might be fun to paint, right?!

When my shipment from Winnie’s arrived, I was super excited to open it!

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3 Small Kitchen Upgrades That Make a Big Difference

When we moved to our current home, I decided I wanted to paint our cabinets. Oh yes, it made the list of house things “to do”. I loved the countertops and the layout, and the appliances are still pretty new, but I wanted those cabinets changed!

Once I started researching the work needed to paint cabinets, I second-guessed myself! So, while I’m leaving THAT for last, I figured up a few other things I can do to update the look!

What about you? Ready to start a kitchen remodel? Stop right there! Before you go knocking down walls and busting up your existing cabinetry, take a second to really look at that space. There’s a lot you can do to improve the look of your kitchen, all while spending less. Here are three simple kitchen upgrades that are not only easy to do, but easy on your wallet, too.

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Pretty-Up the Kitchen With Paint

Is your kitchen painted in hue that is more retro than right now? Dated kitchens can greatly benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Lighter shades of blue can create a clean and crisp look that works well on cabinets, walls and even the ceiling. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room and is said to make people feel happy. As for neutrals, gray is the best choice as it is a great color to build on, and it also works well as a countertop or cabinet color. And if you’re looking to really energize the room, choose white. The color white gives the room a fresh and clean feeling and will instantly wake you up the moment you step into it. Plus, it’s easy to play with other colors in the kitchen when you choose white as a base.

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As much fun as it is to pick a paint color, when painting your kitchen you must also consider the right paint finish. The kitchen is a high-grime, high-traffic area of the house that will require a total scrub-down every now and then, which means you need to choose a finish that can handle a little water, soap and of course, elbow grease. Satin finishes are a solid choice and can resist mildew, dirt stains and scrubbing. Semi-gloss reflects a lot of light and is very durable, which makes it the best option for backsplash.

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The Right Paint Color for Every Room – According to Color Theory!

One of the things on my “do these things before the twins arrive” list was to finally PAINT. 

When we moved into our home in 2013, it had all been painted a lovely neutral beige, with all the trims and moldings a nice complimentary white. No worries, we said. We’ll paint as we decorate!

Well…yeah. The outside of the house had been painted, the nursery inside the house had been painted, and that was it. Because you know what happened after that?

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The twins arrived. A month and a half EARLY.

I’m not joking when I say I had paint samples taped to walls in all the rooms of our house for MONTHS. They’re literally gone now because I started having to dust them – I’m totally for real!

And are the rest of the walls painted yet? Um…nope. I figured I needed a little kick in the behind. And this might just do it! Check it out – the perfect painting resource from the folks at Home Advisor!

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On the Road in October

And just like that, it’s NOVEMBER. Let me tell you, October has FLOWN by for me! Has it for you, too? WOW!

Next we have my FAVORITE holiday: Thanksgiving! Wohoo!

But before we get to all of that, let’s look back at the top 5 posts here on the blog for the month of October, shall we?

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