Sunday

Would you ever??

Would you ever paint your house a bold color, like this?  Would you?
I've been smitten with this house in Midway, for well over a year now.
 I think it's adorable. 
It certainly has character.

For my birthday, this past week, my amazing family and I went to Midway, and Heber City
There is a fun store in Midway that I like to shop at. It's called " All that Stuff in the Barn". 
It was a treat to drive up Provo Canyon, and past Deer Creek Reservoir to Midway.
 As a lover of all things old, Midway has some great old houses~ 
Loved this one too..... painted a kind-of rusty, barn red color.
How cute are those mossy green Adirondack chairs on the front porch?!
Would you ever paint your house this color?
 How bout this color?
A brighter red, with white trim?
Too bold??
Can you see at the bottom of the picture, a small wooden water wheel?

Here's a close-up.  So charming!!
This little water wheel was just spinning around and around; just moving the water along in the irrigation ditch, in front of this house.
Who thinks of making something so cute?
 Of course, when we drove over to Heber, I just had to get a shot of one of the engines that is being restored for the Heber Creeper line.
So exciting to see this old gal get restored, and one day, be back in service.
My kids used to play on this old engine. It was permanently parked in the old GRA park in Provo.
All the kids used to climb on this old engine, and play.
Back in the early, early 1950's, when this engine was in use, my Dad was a 'Fireman' on this engine.
Meaning.... he shoveled coal into the fire, for the steam engine.  I still have his old fireman's hat.
On the way back down Provo Canyon, we stopped and I snapped this picture of the backside of Mt. Timpanogos.  So beautiful with the snow, and the Fall leaves.
Growing up in Provo, and now living so far away, I miss seeing these mountains.
It was a wonderful trip, and a real treat.

I still LOVE that green house, and have not gotten tired of seeing it. 
If we still live in this house next Spring/ Summer, I am seriously considering painting our house green.
Would you?
Would you be brave enough to paint your house a bold color??

Attitude of gratitude:
~I'm so grateful for my family. My husband and my children are so incredibly good to me!
~I'm grateful that little things still mean the most to me.  May I never get so big for my britches, that I  take for granted the little every day blessings, and tender mercies from my Heavenly Father.
~I'm grateful that Hot Chocolate season is here.  Nothing warms me up like a mug of cinnamon laced Hot chocolate.

40 comments:

  1. So happy you had a nice birthday trip. I enjoyed the photos you shared and the memories of your dad. I love the green and the barn red paint colors. We have historical homes that folks have restored and painted bold colors. I love them. Go for it!!!

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    1. Thank you. Guess we might as well paint our house a bold color. Certainly with historical houses, such as ours, they are unique, and no two are alike :)

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  2. you live in the most absolute part of the country! The green house indeed has character but I just couldn't do it. I'm not that brave :( Thanks for sharing a allowing us to share this trip with you.

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    1. Thank you.
      I'm not entirely sure that I am that brave either.
      Part of me thinks that we may as well paint it a fun color, and then every time we come home, we'll smile as we pull in the yard. Another part of me thinks, "hope people don't drive by, and think we've flipped our cookies!"

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  3. I love the colorful cottages. If I lived in the right house I would definitely consider painting.

    Happy belated birthday!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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    1. Thank you.
      I think with our old cottage, we could pull it off, and it would be adorable.... still thinking about it.

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  4. I wish I were more bold in my choosing colors, but I am not. There is the orange that some Mexican restaurants have painted the outside of the buildings and I love the color, but I don't think I ever would. I do like that green though. You are thinking of moving? I like the pictures you took on your trip. It has been years and years since I went through Utah so it is nice to see all of the sights.

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    1. Thank you. I'm pretty conservative in my color choices too. I keep telling myself that " it's only paint." Besides, I'm really not a cookie-cutter, color in the lines, kind of girl.
      You should find something around your place to paint that pretty orange color! It would make you smile every time you see it.

      Yes... we are trying to move. Of course we have to sell our home first, and the market here is pretty slow. We are wanting to cut down on the commute time, and spend more time as a family.

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  5. I love that part of the country. Such a pretty drive at any time of the year. Love that green house. I do love color and have lived in 3 yellow houses. (Not that bold) Once a realtor told me that yellow houses sell themselves. Not sure if that's true or not but we had no trouble selling them. Happy birthday! I'm an October birthday too. Mimi

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    1. Thank you. It is such a pretty area, I agree.
      I too love yellow houses... they are so welcoming. There are quite a few yellow houses, here in Spring City. One is actually marigold yellow, with bright white trim..... adorable!
      Thanks for the b.day wishes too. Happy birthday to you also... belated, or future :)

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  6. I think if you have the right house, bold colors are great! Bob has 2 sisters that live together and they did their house in a red like the second red house you showed, and put fishscale shingles along the top in that green color. It turned out so cute! So if I had the right house I would do it.
    Love the train and the mountains!

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    1. Thank you! I can just imagine how cute that house must be!!!
      Especially with the green accents.

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  7. Oh what a wonderful trip- I love old buildings! I really do like that green too, and would gladly paint my house that color if it weren't brick..The ditch water wheel is interesting.

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    1. Thank you.
      I don't know if I would go that bold of green, but maybe :)
      Our house is brick also, but has been painted numerous times by previous owners ..... it was built in 1918. I agree with you about the water wheel in the ditch. It doesn't seem to have a purpose, other than looking cute and charming :)

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  8. You go for it, Kerin! It's your house after all. I've always loved color and painted my house in the country a deep red another barn red. One thing you might want to try is painting it a cream or pale yellow with your green for shutters and/or trim. That way you'd get your green but not quite as big a jump into the color world. LOL! I too love that green house.
    I haven't been by because my pc crashed and it's taken me some time to get "back in the groove"! Beautiful pictures as always. Take care! TTYL!

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    1. Thank you !
      Color really is wonderful and makes everything seem happier, doesn't it?! Oh, I would love to see your red houses one of these days, you'll have to post some pix.
      I was thinking of doing a creamy white trim around the windows, doors, and on the shutters, and then a dark charcoal color on the doors, and accents.

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  9. Thanks everyone! Your comments have given me courage to take the plunge and paint next Spring/Summer.
    That is... if we still live here.
    Our home is for sale, and things can take a while to sell in the quiet country . After all there are not that many people that can find a way to make a living in the country.
    ANYWAY... thanks again for all the encouragement!!!
    You are all awesome!!!

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  10. I LOVE that bold stroke of the brush! I really think it depends on the neighborhoods a bit... some eclectic areas with these wonderful older homes wear bold colors like medals of honor. ;) I'd love to visit this little spot for a birthday trip, too! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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    1. Thank you.
      It's true.. some neighborhoods can pull it off better than others.
      We live in a National Historical District. There are a lot of houses here painted with a green, red and tan/white color scheme. There are a few houses that are painted bold, or deep colors, and they really stand out, and look so nice!

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  11. I LOVE that bold stroke of the brush! I really think it depends on the neighborhoods a bit... some eclectic areas with these wonderful older homes wear bold colors like medals of honor. ;) I'd love to visit this little spot for a birthday trip, too! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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  12. I might. We always had a white house, but I love those colors.

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    1. Thank you.
      They are great colors :)

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  13. Evening Kerin, Thanks for taking me on your little trip! I just got back from one yesterday! And I think that little cottage painted the green is darling!! I don't think that green color would look great on any house, but it would on a smaller home! I'm not a bright red person for a house but I do like a deeper farmhouse red! Go for what you love....your home is adorable sweet! It's beautiful where you live...I so want to visit out west in the near future. Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Thank you .
      I agree... for some reason, smaller cottages look so cute when they are painted colors.

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  14. Hi I love the little green cottage - very pretty. Big step to take to paint it that colour but was a good decision. I have lots of pine ceilings in my house and am wondering whether to take the plunge and paint them white, for a New England feel. Love your posts. Sarah

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    1. Thank you.
      I think I would paint your ceilings white. It would make everything feel brighter :)

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  15. I like the green house; it fits in beautifully with the grass and leafy trees. There's no need to paint my house as it's red brick, green roof and white trim.

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  16. I love the colors! I would definitely chose a bolder color - I especially love the red!!! Happy Fall!

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  17. Kerin... I love the bold house colors, and would do it, because we live in the country where it would not bother anyone. I have only seen mountains once, can you believe that? Yours was beautiful!

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  18. Kerin
    The mountains are beautiful!
    And I love the green house too.
    I might paint a house that colour, but I think my husband would quickly nick that idea!

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  19. Kerin, I love painted houses. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!
    Loved the tour!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  20. I just ran across your blog, and enjoyed it.Love the house also.

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  21. Sounds like you had a great trip.

    Happy Birthday by the way!!

    M :)

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  22. Kerin, that is such a great little house and yes, I would consider repainting my house another color. Our blue is kind of fading a bit but it was pretty bright when first done. We really didn't like it for awhile but got used to it. It needs to be repainted but Hubs says we will stick with blue. I originally wanted it red with white trim, but certain people talked me out of it. I'm sorry I let them..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  23. Hi Kerin!

    Can I just tell you how much I loved this post!! I have always wanted an older home like those in your pictures, and YES I would certainly paint it a beautiful color! Just loved the rust color and the green, so charming!

    We went through Heber earlier this year; it is such a pretty place with such beautiful scenery! I also love Provo Canyon, very majestic!

    I don't think you will ever get too big for your britches - you seem to be so down to earth and wonderful!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  24. Kerin,
    What nice pictures, and yes I love the colors on the houses that you picked out, the red and the green. Just to cute.
    Nancy Jo

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  25. I LOVE that green cottage! It blends in so beautifully with the surrounding garden.

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  26. Good Morning Kerin, This post is so interesting and how cool to have the engine that your Dad worked on sitting there as a memory for you and your children and grandchildren :) My daughter is considering painting her home that color. When she first told me I must say I was a little shocked, but after seeing a few painted that color I have grown to really like it. It is bold, but when trimmed in white like that, it is truly charming.

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  27. Lovely houses, all of them!! Yes, I would paint my house a bold color. I think it adds character.

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  28. I love that green house. It looks so inviting.

    I love old stuff, the waterwheel is beautiful.

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