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Knight’s Armor

My brother is visiting for ten days in August, and since he’s an 18 year-old farm-kid from Nebraska, we have no compunctions about putting him to work.  In particular, putting him to work with a brush and a can of house-paint.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Siding: dark gray (“Knight’s Armor” by Olympic*)
  • Trim: true white (“Delicate White”, Olympic)
  • Storm windows and screen door: black (“Black Magic”, Olympic)
  • Front door: a light blue yet to be chosen (see how hip we are though?)

That leaves the porch floor, which is where we’d like some input – thoughts on painting it Delicate White?  What about Black Magic?  Or just a lighter shade of gray?  That would be the most straightforward option, but I don’t know if we want to introduce another shade into the mix.

The east side of the house gets a full blast of sunshine every morning, and the paint is in rough shape.  The siding over here is going to take more prep work than the rest of the house combined.

The east side of the house gets a full blast of sunshine every morning, and the paint is in rough shape. The siding over here is going to take more prep work than the rest of the house combined.

Test painting 012

Test painting 013

*Independently, we picked Knight’s Armor twice.  It was the only dark gray we liked out of the entire Behr, Glidden, Sherwin-Williams, Olympic, and Valspar lines – all the others had too much brown or green or blue in them.  But, to be thorough, we wanted to check at Menard’s too (Dutch Boy and Pittsburgh).  “A-ha!” we said to the wall of Pittsburgh swatches – “There’s another gray we like!”  Then we pulled it out to read the name and realized that Olympic and Pittsburgh use the same color swatches (which is weird, right? Are they owned by the same giant paint conglomerate?).  In any case, Knight’s Armor was totally validated – out of the two colors we liked for the house, it was both of them.

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