50 Shades of Green

January 11, 2016

Happy new year!!! After a great visit with family in Kentucky, we’re back and ready to keep going on the house. This is a quick post all about deciding what color to paint the tiny house. Thankfully I had about a million different colors to choose from…

How many dark greens can there be? I mean, seriously.

How many greens can there be? I mean, seriously.

I had always pictured the tiny house as a little cabin with a rustic, dark wood exterior nestled in a forest. Unfortunately, my vision and my wallet didn’t quite match up, so wood siding wasn’t an option. Instead of a dark wood cabin in the forest, I decided to bring the forest to my walls and went with a dark hunter green cabin look. And, thus began my never ending journey to the Lowes paint section. I didn’t want our green to look swampy (too yellow) or teal (too blue). It turns out that there are about 50 different shades of green that fall into this category, and as a graphic designer I’m quite picky when it comes to color. I went back and forth and back and forth (I even considered some navy and charcoal colors in a few moments of weakness) but finally chose the color that was juuust right: Jasper. It’s a beautiful hunter green with the perfect balance of gold tones in the sunlight and blue tones in the shade.

Then it happened. We put up the composite board siding and my world was turned upside down!!! The barn wood siding looked so good in it’s natural color! Suddenly, I lost all my confidence in painting the tiny house. The siding was a bit lighter than I had originally wanted, but it still looked really nice. What if the green didn’t look good?! There’s no going back once it’s painted, and I really didn’t want to ruin a good thing. But in the end, Jasper prevailed and we started painting the house.

No going back now! Thankfully, the color is perfect!

No going back now!

 

Woooooo! It looked so good!!! As Eric rolled on the first few strokes of paint, and all my nerves just melted away. With my confidence restored, I started all the cutting in work while Eric used the roller on the large open areas. In no time we had gone through our two gallons and the house was completely painted with the first coat.

 

Working our way along the front of the house.

Thankfully the color is perfect! Working our way along the front of the house.

Onto one of the short walls.

Onto one of the short walls.

Working our way around the house.

Working our way around the house.

My job was all the cutting in work. I'm really loving this color!

My job was all the cutting in work. I’m really loving this color!

Looking at the wall after I finish all the cutting in work around the facia board. Looking good!

Looking at the wall after I finish cutting in around the facia board. Looking good!

The final look! I love the rich, dark color we chose, and I think it's looking great!

The final look! I love the rich, dark color we chose, and I think it’s looking great!

 

We still need to put on one more coat, but we are waiting for a sunny day so the paint will dry instead of freeze. All of this painting took place while working on a few other big projects, so be sure to check back for the next post (which is already written and ready to go!!! Go me!!) I’ll be putting up the next post in just a few days.

I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year so far. I think 2016 is going to be a big year for us, and I’m excited! I hope you’re excited for the year, too!

2 Comments

  • Reply Jeanie January 19, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    The color is perfect! Did Eric weigh in on that convo?!

    • Reply emar2012 January 19, 2016 at 9:59 PM

      Thanks! I tried to include him but he kept saying he didn’t care. The only thing he put his foot down on is my idea of a bright purple door, but I may still see about that one. lol

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