A Bright White Exterior in West Plains
When Jamie Stauffer bought her home in West Plains in April 2018, she intended to fully renovate it. “The biggest issues to address were where to take out walls and how the outside was going to be painted,” she says. Stauffer had never painted the exterior of a home before, so the first task was to find a reliable source. “There is a man at the local hardware store, and I would trust him with my life,” she says with a laugh. “He eats, sleeps and drinks paint.” There’s a plethora of advice on the internet, but that doesn’t mean it’s reliable, so Stauffer says a homeowner should find an expert they can trust in the community. For example, she had read that paint could only be applied if the temperatures were in the 50s, but after talking to her source, she learned there are new paints that can be applied in colder weather.
The goal was to brighten up the exterior. “I wanted something more polished, slick and contemporary,” she says. For the renovation, she had the brick painted, the dated shutters taken out and the landscaping, which was from the 1980s, ripped out. Stauffer added riverbed rock and new flower beds but overall opted for minimal landscaping. The key to the exterior was brightening up the brick with fresh paint, which transformed the look of her home.