Home Exterior Color Contest Finalist Hopes Third Time’s The Charm!

This Tennessee homeowner is hoping that "the third time's the charm!" This is the third year in a row that they have been selected as a finalist in the Shake It Up Color Contest. I wasn't surprised to see this house pop up again in the entries. I'm not sure what caught the attention of the other judges but in addition to the fact that this home has great potential this clever homeowner came up with a fun way of tell us why the home was deserving of a remodel. There were so many great entries this year but this homeowner’s creativity pushed him to the top.



Marquis Cayce Qualls is singing out to say, "Back to let you know we can really shake it up!"


The roof, The roof, The roof,

is so old we don't…

want just any roof…

we want a DAVINCI!


Our house in the middle of the street

Our house has a crowd

There's something happening

it's usually quite loud!

Mom is so house-proud! But

She and the guest come in through the

Bathroom window

we really need a


A mess is not allowed

Our house, in the middle of our street

Sometimes something tells us

That you've got to get away from it


I remember way back when

We were all so house proud

We Wished everything was


We had such a very good time,

Such a fine time, Such a happy time,

And I remember how we'd play

Simply waste the day away!

Never Improving Just



We really like it, Just needs a little work

BUT something was missing

those special details to make it perfect…


That's the ticket

Shake Shake Shake

Shake Shake Shake

Our House UP

Our house, is our castle and our Home

Our house, that's where we live

Our house, in the middle of our street

C'mon Exterior Color Contest,

DaVinci Roofscapes,

Shake our house up

DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon

DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon

DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon




You can see the two previous entries for this home here:  "HELP!" and “LOVVE SHAKE!”

Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

In past years I added paint color to shake up this charming home. This year I wanted to go neutral with the siding and trim colors and let the roof be the color star. I selected a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in AberdeenThis multi-color roof is a blend of subtle warm tones that blend beautifully with the red/brown brick.

The gray color from one of the tiles in the roof was carried into the peak beneath both gables using Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf 1600. For the trim I chose a lighter tint of similar color Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170

The front door and wrought iron were removed and replaced with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft American Style Collection fiberglass entry door stained in cedar with a doorlite and sidelites in the Aborwatch decorative glass style.

The shutters were removed and Fypon urethane timber square pot shelves were placed beneath the front windows to add an architectural detail what may have been used originally on this style home. Urethane Timber Stained Brackets above the door and near the dormer window added another architectural accent to this home.

The columns on the front and side porch were a detail I wanted to highlight so I gave them a new look with Fypon's popular Column Wraps. I also replaced the privacy lattice on the side porch with a stained grid work that complimented the other elements of this home.

Last I recommend sprucing up the landscaping and adding pavers for a walkway and edging the area in front of the home.

There are many colors schemes that would update the look of your home. I find this one especially pleasing and hope you (and the voters) do, too. 

See the finalist in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest

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