Painting a Home Exterior in the Fall: Good or Bad Idea?

Painting your home’s exterior is a great way to add warmth and, should you be planning to put it on the market, add retail value. But, can you paint your home’s exterior during any season of the year or is there a time of year that is better or worse than another is?

While the answer to this varies from region to region, the simple answer is that the optimal painting season for the exterior of a building, is usually thought of as summer. However, there are some factors to be considered when determining when to pain your home’s exterior.

1. Temperature – While the optimal season is summer, that isn’t the only time it can be done. Depending on how warm your fall or spring season is, painting your home’s exterior is fine. Ideally, you would want to paint when the temperature is at least 40 degrees during the day. But if you live in an area such as the Southwestern United States where temps may be over hundred during the day and drop down to 43 at night, this can be equally bad as painting during a season where temps are below the recommended temp. Of course, if you live in a Southern region, you can paint as late as November, but if it is a colder where snow begins falling as early as October, you would be better off waiting unit the following summer.

2. Moisture -Just as important as the temperature, is the amount of moisture in the air. The way your paint dries can be affected by how low or high the humidity is. So, just because you live in area where warmer temperatures are prevalent, it doesn’t mean that painting your home’s exterior can be done during any season. You should not paint for at least 24 hours after a rain -especially if you are painting a bare wood or masonry exterior.

3. Lifestyle – If you plan on painting your home’s exterior yourself, then you will also want to consider how busy your schedule is. As oftentimes, with the resuming of school activities during the fall, you may not wish to add painting the house to your Do This Weekend list.

Yes, you can paint your home during the fall, but be sure to give careful thought to the temperature and moisture. Of course, if you will be hiring someone to do the painting for you, then be sure that they plan to take the weather into consideration. You should also be wary of any exterior painting company that promises they can paint your home no matter what the time of year, as you may be dealing with someone who is less than competent in exterior painting work.

4 Cheap Painting Projects For The Fall

Are you feeling the itch to give your home a facelift on the inside? I mean, the seasons are changing and we will soon be spending more time indoors than we will outdoors. So why not take a little time right now to give the inside of your house a facelift. The only problem with fall time is that we are usually saving for the Christmas season and are all in penny-pinching mode. We don’t want you to break the bank to spruce up your home, so we will be sharing some cheap, easy DIY projects for this fall.

Painting is a super simple, easy way to add color and to give old furniture or decor items a facelift. Now I know that many of you may be saying, “Well I just don’t know how to paint well.” Don’t worry we will be creating a post here soon on tips to paint anything. For now, just remember that a little tape and some paint can go a long way. So get comfortable while I explain the four easy DIY paint projects to give your home new life.

The first easy project is to paint all your old picture frames. This is fast and easy with some spray paint and newspaper. This can and will give your old picture frames new light and life. You can paint them to really add contrast or to complement your current d├ęcor styles. If you like more of a rustic look you can even sand some the paint off to give it a worn, reclaimed look.

If you still have some money, or just don’t want to paint your picture frames. Grab some paint and paint the ceiling in your kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom to add depth and color to otherwise bland, one color rooms. Painting the ceiling can help with light distribution, especially if the walls are darker than the ceiling. This can also be a way to add a splash of color to a room.

Maybe you have a worn floor that you would love to replace but can’t afford to right now. An easy fix is to paint it. Put some tape down and grab a fun color and start painting. You can make designs on the floor by putting the tape in a checker design or maybe you just want a simple white or brown. It’s all up to you. It’s your house and your style.

The last thing you could do is paint the upper cabinets in your kitchen. It will add a nice contrast between the bottom cabinets and the top cabinets. It will also add some color to your kitchen. The best part is that it doesn’t take as long because you won’t need to move appliances and it will take half the time because there are always less upper cabinets than lower cabinets.

All of these can easily be done over the weekend and then you can enjoy your new facelift. Have fun while sprucing up your house and adding color and style. Your home is your domain and it should reflect who you are. Have fun painting!