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September 20, 2010 | Building | OS VINE

Painting the ICF Exterior

When it comes to paint color, for me there is no choice other than yellow. In most cases anyway. For a chronological listing of our building projects with ICF (or insulated concrete forms), be sure to look through the ICF Building Index. The outside of our house in Alabama was yellow. I enjoyed it, so why mess with a good thing? The natural choice for the new house was yellow. The problem is it is so difficult to tell the actual color from a little color chip. I know the tricks: take it outside in real daylight, take it to the place where it will be used.... But when it comes down to it, I feel like it is still hit or miss within shades. The  name of the color choosen is "Buttercup". I admit, I was drawn to the name. After all, Buttercup is a nice milk cow and a pretty flower. How could I go wrong? Well, if anything is wrong, it may be a bit bright. Would I change it? I don't think so but I do have time to think about it. All this will be covered with stucco after building the first floor . I have pictured the girls painting but just for the record, the boys all painted too! Some got in to it more than others. Since it was water based paint, I was not too worried. Accidents do happen. Fingers in the paint. "Accidentally" touching a sibling with the paint roller. You know how things just happen. Mmmm! Does that taste as good as it looks? What's wrong with yellow eye-shadow? How did this happen? We will apply a second coat, to the house that is, on the next calm day.


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