Stucco Round 2 + Finding The Perfect White!

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Ok are you ready to chat about our stucco?!  It’s FINALLY done! We were hoping it would be done in October…then November…but apparently Santa moonlights as a stucco guy cause it didn’t happen until December. But its finished and I LOVE IT.

Just a refresher, this is what the Merc looked like when we bought it:

And this is what it looks like today!!


If you remember from my last stucco post, this is where we left off. The brown coat. A brown coat is the base of the stucco, and then a color coat is applied after the brown coat has cured for a few weeks.

One of the reasons it took so long to get the stucco finished it because we kept running into color problems. I knew that I wanted it white, but I didn’t want it to be too cool, so I had them color match my favorite warm white Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. (You can see it in my old house here)

When the sample came back it was really warm. See it compared to a plain white door?

So I took a drive and did some friendly trespassing onto newer houses in our area that were “white”. The color was almost an exact match to most and looking at them from far away I felt like they were too warm. My next door neighbor has a painted white house that is a great shade so I compared it there and it was much darker and warmer. It just looks so different in different lighting!!

Next option was to take a sample of Mandi White (my favorite “just” white) to them to match. When they finally brought the sample back it was darker and more warm than the first one! WHAT!!?

Sort of out of sheer frustration (we were weeks past the scheduled date at this point) I said to the guy who brought the sample over that I just wanted it to be white. Plain white. He sort of laughed and said “Just white? Why didn’t you say that?” The next morning he brought over the best “just white” sample I’ve ever seen. It was perfect, not too warm, not too cool. I was SO HAPPY!! It looks exactly like the white paint we used on our detached garage.

I don’t have a picture of all of the samples together cause #Court and I’ve called and left a few messages with the stucco guys about the exact formula, I’ll update this post with it once they pass it along!

We’ve still got some work to do on the front, like the giant faux door, installing our lights, and finishing the wood headers (and getting the paint paper off the windows!!) but its looking really close to the original vision!

Check out all of the past Merc posts here!

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