One of the first things we did when we moved in was paint our pretty lady. Luckily, the diarrhea paint job was pretty old, so we legitimately had to redo it. If you want to see what the house looked like before, you can look at The Diarrhea House link. We chose this kind of stone color with a creamy color on some of the trim and then a darkish blue on the inside of the windows and the door. There's a little steeple at the top of our house. Some of the research that we did at the library said that the house might have been a little church at some point and there was also a permit taken out for a bakery in the backyard. We debated a lot about whether or not to paint the shingles on the roof and ultimately decided to paint them to protect them.
The guys that we hired to paint were slouches. We were trying to save money (as always) and while they were enthusiastic, they weren't very detail-oriented and it's already peeling off in a bunch of places now. They started priming before they had wiped down the walls after sanding. Things like that. There were lots of little touch-ups that they promised to come back and do that never happened. They did bring us a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream for Christmas last year though. Overall, it was a huge improvement on what was there before though and a nice veneer for what the rest of the house looks like inside.