Occasionally we need to remodel the exterior of our wooden house. The facade is the main part, the one that attracts the eyes, and says a lot about the owner of the house. The reforms to be carried out in the house depend on the budget that we have assigned.
First of all, it is necessary to determine what the state of the building is. If we are going to paint an old wooden surface, the old paint that has come off must be removed with a scraper. Rub the coarse surface with sandpaper until it is dull. Then clean the dust with a brush and replace the worn parts of the wood with new ones, if necessary.
New surfaces must be previously impregnated with a protective material against mold and moisture. This is a task that needs to be done as soon as possible. It is always better to choose a color impregnation because it offers greater protection against UV rays.
If there is mold on the surface, clean it with a special mixture. Manufacturers include instructions on how to use this paint material that can be found at any DIY store.
Nails must be covered with metal primer. Rusty nails must be cleaned first, and then coated with primer. In any case, it is always better to use stainless metal nails.
Remember that the best seasons to paint are the end of spring and summer because the right temperature is between 15º and 18º. It is not recommended to paint in direct sunlight, or in the late afternoon (dew can erase the shine from the surface).
Painting on wood seems like an easy task: just grab the brush, soak it in paint, and apply it to the boards. But things are not like that. There are some rules that should be known:
- Remove the paint with a clean stick before using it (repeat the action from time to time throughout the process)
- If you are not sure about the color of the paint, check it first on a small surface.
- Better results are achieved by removing paint for a single board (or log) at a time.
- Windows, doors, and other parts should be covered with tape or similar to protect them from splashes.
- Use only good quality blends. The brush should not leave bristles on the wood, and the paint should cover the surface evenly.
- Apply a second coat of paint. In this way, the actual color becomes more visible.
- Store the brush in a tightly sealed polythene bag if you plan to use it the next day.
Colors And Combinations
The exterior appearance is as important as the interior because it says a lot about the homeowner. We all want our home to be different from the neighbor’s. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind before painting a log cabin:
- Before choosing the color of the paint, pay attention to the environment. The surroundings already have their own color. The exterior of our house can be integrated into the environment or clearly stand out.
- Don’t forget the roof, chimney, fence, gutters, railings, window frames, doors, and other visible items. You can look for a uniform look, or just highlight the details.
- If your log cabin has unique architecture, the different volumes of the building may have different materials and colors. The first and second floors, the pedestal, or the roof slope can be separated with different shades. In this way, the horizontality of the facade is highlighted (reducing or enlarging it). The exterior of the house can be divided graphically or through colors, without taking an architectural solution as a reference, but the means of expression must always be used rationally.
- Color harmony is not just about finding similar hues. Colors can be combined subtly or by contrast. Green wants to be close to yellow and blue because they are “neighboring” colors in the color spectrum. Blue and orange, yellow and purple, or red and green, combine by contrast. Opposite colors highlight each other and become more eye-catching.