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DIY Project for Fall: Paint the Outside of Your House

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We had talked of painting over the ugly, mossy grey/brown color on the exterior of our home for almost a year.  We longed for something more cheery, bright, and clean.  When the opportunity came for us to try out the new Brilliance Collection of Exterior Paints from Glidden, we jumped at the chance!  We had never tried a 2-in-1 paint before, and we thought it could possibly cover the darker color better than three steps (primer, paint, and paint.)

Our house before... in need of a facelift!
 We purchased our paint at the local Walmart, and after waiting for someone to come to the paint department to mix our color choices, we were on our way!

After my husband and kids prepared the surface of the house by cleaning and scraping, we did the trim around the windows, and we also covered the cement along the bottom.  Then it was time to give the yellow a try!

We had decided to go with a lovely tint called Lemon Ice.  It was the perfect mix of bright and cool, and it immediately made the house "pop."  See the difference?

I'll admit that my husband and kids did most of the work, and as the day went on, my husband was the only one painting.  (Someone had to snap photos, right?)
One coat of Glidden Brilliance Collectoin paint

Here is the house after two coats of white trim, and two coats of the Glidden Brilliance Collection Exterior Paint in Lemon Ice (Satin finish.)

I think it looks amazing!  I feel so much better when we pull into the driveway, and while we still have the other side of the house to finish, this has motivated us to get the project done in time for fall's end.  The house really has "our" personality now!

Have you ever painted the exterior of your home?  I strongly suggest skipping an entire step of priming by using the Glidden Brilliance paint.  It's available at Walmart for around $30 a gallon, in assorted finishes, and for both the interior and exterior of your home.  They also offer over 300 colors, as well as large color chips with coordinating color ideas for inspiration.  If you aren't sure how well the paint will cover, how many coats you will need, or if the color is right for your home, you can purchase a small container (quart for exterior, and tiny jar for interior) to help you decide.

*I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for my time on this post. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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