Exterior paint plans

28 Jan

My front stoop is in rough shape — peeling paint and slimy green stuff. I had it painted about five years ago (after I spent an entire summer removing the paint to see what it would look like as bare stone — the answer: crap), and I guess it’s time for a re-do.

At some point, I need to address the rising damp issue on the stoop which is, I believe, somehow related to the basement. I won’t have the funds for the whole basement situation (I think I need to do a french drain and then cement the floor) for quite some time. I also want to change the exterior paint colors, and am planning to do that as part of a whole exterior maintenance which will include repointing the bricks. Nothing is simple here.

So in the meantime, I just want to put some sort of skim coat on the masonry and paint over it. I recently discovered that Farrow & Ball have exterior paint, including one specially designed for masonry and they have some sort of skimcoat-stopleak product — qv: http://us.farrow-ball.com/exterior-ideas/content/fcp-content

I’m thinking Pitch Black for the door (in a gloss), with Cornforth white and Manor House grey for the trim. I’d like to do a little splash of color in the sunburst over the door and was thinking a cornflower blue. I also admire their paints for wood and as I need to paint the fence in the back, that might happen courtesy of F&B this summer. Ah summer — it can’t come soon enough!

(this photo is actually the house a few doors down from mine, but it’s the same exact facade — only theirs is nicely painted!)

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