This post is sponsored by James Hardie®.
Remember when I painted the house?
It used to be yellow and then I asked you all for help and you chimed in and gave me advice and we worked together to pick this paint color?
And I love it.
But here’s the thing. Here’s the challenge that I never really discussed or explained and actually kind of glossed over in my hurry to get the house painted.
There are giant parts of the house that look like this.
I know, right?
Did you gasp?
Did you look away?
Did you say what I said when they explained the whole house painting process to me?
The wood siding on our house is over 100 years old.
It’s been painted. And then the paint sat and peeled and then people painted over that. And on and on and on.
And to remove all the paint and scrap it down to the raw wood and paint it again is a literal fortune. A fortune that we couldn’t afford because we have four children that love learning and higher education and would all like to go to college and graduate one day.
So we did the next best thing. The house was power-washed and loose paint was removed and then they painted it with the discussion that when we could afford it, we’d have the wood scraped all the way off and the house painted correctly.
I discovered James Hardie®.
Have you ever used any James Hardie® products before?
James Hardie® is the amazing creator of HardiePlank® lap siding that can be found on beautiful homes all over the country like this one. It comes in textured, smooth or beaded finish and it’s North America’s #1 brand of siding.
There are so many different products that you can mix and match to create a unique look.
(total aside: I love those flower boxes).
And the best part?
The wood won’t shrink or chip or crack like the siding on my home.
You can request free samples here, so I ordered a several to get an idea of the quality and color.
It only took a minute to order and a week later these showed up at my door.
I know you’re surprised, but they are all shades of gray.
This is Light Mist.
This is Gray Slate.
And this is pearl gray.
I seriously loved them. The quality is amazing. The colors are so pretty. And the house was looking at me with longing eyes and telling me it needed a new outfit.
It is an investment, but one that I know will be totally worth it.
Especially when you look at this every day.
So I’m making plans and saving my pennies and one day soon, this peeling painted over paint will be a distant memory.
James Hardie® also has an amazing inspiration guide that you can download for free for your own future projects.
Download the inspiration guide for free here.
I’d love any input you have.
Here’s to beautiful exteriors everywhere.
disclosure: This post was sponsored by James Hardie®.
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