This post has been a long time coming. Ever since we purchased our little brown dungeon (as I so fondly liked to refer to it as) we knew we had to do something about the dismal exterior. However, an updated kitchen, finished basement, and usable living room all trumped the exterior updates. Recently, though, we started thinking about how we could make the exterior match the interior.
It took a lot of thinking. Although many people frown on painting brick, we knew that was probably going to be the route that we needed to take. The brick on the front of the house is not original. It is a facade probably put up in the 70s or 80s. The brick is.... interesting. It has little brown speckles throughout giving it a very dated (and not in a good way) look up close.
Then, we had to decide what color to paint it. We already had the windows replaced to black windows so we felt it had to be something bright/light in contrast. 10 paint samples later, we finally picked (go figure) Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray.
Here is the exterior photo from the original house listing:
It's a world of difference and we couldn't be happier! It's brighter, whiter, cleaner, bigger! It is like a breath of fresh air.
Before and after: