A step-by-step guide to painting your home’s exterior

Step 1 – Wash Your House

Before painting your house, you must wash it first. This may seem like a monumental task, but by renting (or buying) a pressure washer, you can do it quickly and easily. 

Washing your home’s siding first removes mold and mildew, washes away loose paint chips, and gets it ready for the next step. 

Step 2 – Make Necessary Repairs

Take a couple of days for this step if needed. Begin by sanding any protruding surfaces you find. Next, fill in any holes with the appropriate filler and weatherproof the surface of your home. Use power tools as much as you can to make these tasks easier. Finally, seal any stains that remain with a coat or two of primer to keep them from seeping through the paint. 

Other repairs that may need your attention at this point include replacing any old caulking and repairing/replacing rotted siding or trim. 

Step 3 – Paint

This step will take the most time. Don’t be afraid to take up to a month to complete it all (weather permitting, of course). Remember, taking your time will result in a better-looking finish. 

Week One – replace the front door casing. 

Find the style of door casing you prefer. Measure and plan it on paper before beginning any cutting. Purchase the trim and carefully remove the old casing using a pry bar. Lastly, cut and install the new casing making sure it rests flush against the bottom. 

Week Two – begin painting.

Divide your home into sections. Cover any light fixtures, switches, etc. where you’ll be painting. Shake or stir the paint to ensure even coverage. Using a paintbrush for hard-to-reach areas and a roller for large ones, paint the siding of your home. Paint the trim last. 

Week Three – apply the second coat.

After sanding any paint drips you see, apply a second coat of paint to the siding and trim. 

Week Four – the finishing touches.

If desired, paint the front door to complement the siding. Add shutters or paint existing ones and put them back on. Finally, add any finishing touches such as new crown molding on the front porch, light fixtures, a new doorbell, etc. 

Painting the exterior of a home is a lot of work, but it’s not difficult if you break it up into small projects you complete over time. Using the tips above, you can paint the outside of your house in about six weeks’ time without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Remember, just take your time and the task will go smoothly and seem much easier.