Alesha restores the original 1961 exterior paint colors on her midcentury modern ranch house

Let’s hear it again for
Sherwin-Williams Holiday Turquoise!

midcentury paint jobThe #1 tool in any homeowner’s arsenal for adding curb appeal to the front of our homes: Paint. In this super happy transformation, Alesha shows what a dramatic change some Sherwin-Williams Holiday Turquoise paint made to the appearance of 1961 midcentury modern ranch house. Oh — and in her research phase, she learned that aqua was the original color of those yummy decorative concrete blocks, which enclose her front patio with (envy rages!) courtyard pool!  

1961 electric house
Alesha’s home before.

Alesha writes:

I’ve attached a picture of our newly painted exterior. It was a drab tan and white before — and is now back to pretty much the original color of aqua and white.

1961 electric house

We used Sherwin-Williams Suburban Modern color Holiday Turquoise. We hired a contractor for this project because we had a lot of rotten wood in the soffit and fascia that needed to be replaced in kind and some wood repair around windows.

[Love the decorative concrete blocks? See our story on more than a dozen companies that still make and sell them.]

1961 electric house

I attached a couple interior shots and one of our Gold Medallion Home plaque. It’s great fun working on this place and bringing it back to life! Now to get the courtyard pool operable… maybe next year!

1961 electric house

Alesha is working hard on getting the inside of her new home, but she did send us a few photos of the built-in charcoal grill in her family room to tempt our curiosity.

1961 electric houseOh, what fun these original innovative home features are to see still intact!

Thanks so much for sharing your before and after photos, Alesha, and keep us posted on your progress — we’d love to see more results of your TLC as work continues.

love the house youre in

  1. Amy Hiles-Maynard says:

    Hello Alysia — I know you posted awhile back about your courtyard pool and I wonder if you have any pix to share? I am considering buying a house that is VERY similar to your on the front, including the decorative block, and I’m wondering how you treated the pool and entry. Many thanks in advance. Amy

  2. DIY April says:

    Love… LOVE the color! I’m struggling with the color for my 1950s home. The brick is pink. Right now the rest is white.

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