Probably Not Allowed in Saratoga Springs But Just for Fun – Wacky Exterior Paint Jobs
A good exterior paint job adds value; a misguided one can make you weep — or LOL. Here’s a collection of our favorite oddballs.
Friends and the pizza delivery guy won’t have any trouble finding your house when you tell them to look for the leopard spots. No matter what your color scheme, take care when prepping an older house for repainting by testing for lead paint and knowing current lead paint laws.
The prospect of brand-new siding for this 1907 house brought out a creative flurry in the homeowners, who spent a weekend festooning the old siding with little portraits of roses as a fond farewell to their 100-year-old exterior. Give your wood siding some TLC by inspecting, caulking, and trimming back shrubbery, and maybe it’ll last a century, too.
Many of singer Chris Brown’s neighbors weren’t too happy with his decision to paint wild graffiti on the curbside wall of his Hollywood Hills home. Los Angeles city officials agreed, and fined the R&B star $376 for unpermitted signage. Before you get out the cans of spray paint, check your city ordinances and HOA rules about what’s allowed — and what isn’t.
If you think a Barbie doll lives here, you’d be right. This shocking-pink-and-lilac creation was home to Ruth Handler, inventor of the original Barbie doll. No shrinking violet, this Santa Monica house is a vibrant concoction of color that isn’t too out-of-place in its seaside location. Nevertheless, you’ll want to prevent bad curb appeal by keeping your exterior paint scheme in sync with the rest of your neighborhood. (BTW, Ruth’s husband Eliot founded toy company Mattel.)
When a routine home inspection revealed a deteriorating exterior, the owner commissioned local artists to repaint his house. He calls the results expressive, although some neighbors call it a sore spot. Because the artwork was approved by the homeowner, it technically isn’t considered graffiti as defined by the north Chicago municipality where the house sits — so the city can’t order it to be removed.
It may get cold in central Michigan, but these homeowners will always have warm spirits in their house painted with island motifs. No matter what scheme you think up, you’ll want to use quality exterior paints and stains so you won’t have to repaint as often. Here’s how to get a perfect exterior paint job.
By: John Riha
Orson B.Klender, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty Saratoga Springs
38 High Rock Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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