Anyway, we got our office light up. We bought it a year and a half ago or something like that and it took us this long to get it on the ceiling.
And then I started testing a sample color-- Martha Stewart Valspar Picnic Table. It's hard to see on the computer...
In this shot you can see the very dirty unpainted brick chimney:
We're sampling on the back side of the porch so we can take our time. Up against the unpainted brick, it doesn't look real without the grout lines, but honestly I think I'm ok with that. I think I like the color anyway:
It looks a little off on my computer screen-- too pink or dusty or something-- but it looks pretty good in person. I dunno. Maybe I'll try a couple more colors, something a little browner; I've even considered sponging something just a half step browner very lightly over this. At any rate, I think painting the body of the house a dark color will make the trim stand out, and that's really the best detail of the exterior.