Before & After: Gray Exterior Paint Gives this Home a Fresh New Look

Courtesy of Grayish, Daily Greens, Timeless, and No Filter

Before & After: Gray Exterior Paint Gives this Home a Fresh New Look

Mother Nature can really do a number on a home’s exterior. This was the case for artist and interior stylist Ashley Whiteside's cottage-style family home, whose dark exterior was faded after years of soaking up the North Carolina sun.


This cottage-style family home was originally painted a dark gray that has faded over time in the harsh sunlight. This before picture shows the original colors.

The solution? An outdoor overhaul with our new exterior paint. And specifically: light gray exterior paint in the form of Grayish—which has beautiful, subtle green undertones—plus bold Daily Greens for the door, and Timeless and No Filter for the trim and shutters to round it all out. 


This cottage-style home was repainted in gray exterior paint from Clare. The neutral color has cool green undertones that works well with the surrounding trees.

Keep scrolling to learn how Ashley picked out her colors, hear about the prep and painting process, and to see all the up-close details of the end result (spoiler alert: it’s pretty amazing!). 


Start with Color

As an artist and stylist, Ashley knows her way around a color palette. “Color is always, always where I begin,” she says. “It usually inspires the project and also helps decide what feeling I want to reflect and how I want the room or painting to communicate.” 

The front door of this cottage is painted in Clare’s Daily Greens, a mossy, olive green. This color works well with the gray exterior paint named Grayish.

She poured over our curated exterior paint color selection, seeking out a combination that complemented the house’s classic bones while connecting with the style of her interiors, which have a more modern look and are packed with color.

Swatching proved to be an essential part of landing on the color palette. It’s always a key step in choosing a paint color, but is especially important for exteriors exposed to direct sunlight, where color appearance will change dramatically depending on the time of day. Luckily, our Perfect Color Swatches make it super easy to test out how colors will look. Simply peel and stick on any surface—and don’t be afraid to move the swatches around to see how they look with different colors or in different areas. 

A more conservative homeowners association meant she couldn’t go as bold and bright as her interiors, but she was able to infuse some of her signature playfulness and charm with our mossy olive Daily Greens on her front door.


To complement the gray exterior paint on the siding, the homeowner chose Timeless from Clare paint for the trim around the garage and the garage door. In this close-up detail of the trim and garage door, the siding is painted with Grayish gray exterior paint and the trim is painted in a creamy neutral color.

For the primary color on the siding, Ashley says that she knew all along she would go with Grayish. From afar, it appears to be a classic light gray exterior paint, but a closer look reveals cool green undertones that connect it to the bolder green door and the lush forest that surrounds the house on three sides. 

The eaves and trim of this cottage exterior were painted with Timeless, a creamy neutral. The siding is painted with a gray exterior paint named Grayish.

From there, picking out colors for everything else was easy. The trim received a coat of Timeless—the perfect warm off-white that reflects light beautifully—and our light beige No Filter was applied to the shutters for the slightest hint of contrast. 

The shutters are painted with Clare’s No Filter, a light beige that works well with gray exterior paint and other exterior paint colors chosen by the homeowner.


Prep & Paint

With her palette picked out, it was finally time to start painting. Painting a multi-story exterior is no small job, so Ashley turned to the pros and brought in painters she’s worked with before. After getting the final go-ahead from the HOA to give her home a gray exterior paint job, she scheduled the painters and got rolling on a few other exterior updates she wanted to make simultaneously, including a minor overhaul of the landscape, fixing damaged areas of the sidewalk, trimming trees, and freshening up the furnishings on the front porch.

The cute backyard shed is a mini version of the home. It is painted in gray exterior paint with two tones of creamy neutrals.

All in all, it was a five-day process that involved prepping with a good power wash, repairing minor damage, and then painting the siding, trim, and door one by one. 

The exterior gray paint of this family home is a great complement to the surrounding lush green landscape.

And the end result? It’s safe to say she’s pretty smitten. “I legitimately can’t look at it all without pausing for a deep inhale,” Ashley says. “It is stunning. So fresh and calming. The house looks like it was always supposed to be this color, and every single neighbor, family member, and friend that has seen it says so.”

Homeowner Ashley Whiteside stands on the porch of her home painted in Clare’s gray exterior paint color, Grayish. The front door is painted with Daily Greens.

But how she really knows she pulled off a successful exterior overhaul? The stamp of approval from her 10-year-old daughter and friends. “My daughter’s friends ran home the day painting was finished and said, ‘Oh my gosh. Your house looks like a fairy tale!’” Now that’s some serious curb appeal.


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