|Kay & big brother Jay. Matchy names but that's about all.|
In architecture, your house's clothing is called the "exterior elevation." For the most part, you only have a few main colors and textures, however there are dozens of tiny details that can either clash or tie the look together. The most prominent features of our house include the Weimaraner stucco, redwood highlights and our "truffle"colored window trim. Made by Kolbe windows, truffle is a rich deep dark bronze color that I fell in love with early in the design process and have based all subsequent exterior elevation decisions upon.
|Hey, does this match my truffle windows?|
Unfortunately, truffle is not exactly a standard color for porch lights, doorbells, chimney caps, outlet covers, vent pipes, dog doors and all the other accessories that we need to put on our house. Some of these items come in a brown or bronze color but the shades vary quite a bit and that doesn't cut it when you have a deep seated need for matchy-matchy perfection. Fortunately, I found a fix at our local hardware store. Enter my newfound love affair with spray paint...
|Spray painting a porch light. From black to truffle in under 15 minutes!|
|Before & after shot.|
|This eight dollar makeover brought to you by Rust-Oleum.|
|Voilà, my new "custom" porch light.|
For the rest of the exterior items, I used Rustoleum's Bronze Metallic finish. It's a slightly lighter, more muted bronze that blends in instead of popping. It's pure magic in a bottle. Up close it's a deep bronze like the truffle but it has a reflective quality that lightens when you look at it from a distance and in the sun. I sprayed it on our chimney cap and roof pipes and there are times when it's an accent color and other times when it practically blends into the Weimaraner stucco. Trippy. I found it at our local Los Altos Hardware (love this store!) and no where else. Only problem is that it requires a primer, so takes a little bit longer, but is definitely worth it.
|The recessed light trim for our porch ceilings.|
|Sure beats white trim, eh?|
|Now the dogs have their own mini matching door.|
|Even the outlet covers got the matchy matchy treatment.|
|Had fun climbing on the roof to paint the ugly aluminum chimney cap and vent pipes.|
|Perfection. Now I can sleep at night...|
|Next project: Camouflaging these hideous eyesores.|