Well, house painting came earlier than I thought it would. We contacted a few painters and found one that has painted most of the houses in our neighborhood. He said he would put on his schedule for late Fall.
Surprise! We got a text that said he could start next week!
After scrambling to do some exterior work that was necessary before the painting, we were ready for him and his team to start.
The crew washed the house was first, scraped the sides after the house was dry, and then paint.
Wow! What a good coat of paint can do! Our neighbors are thrilled. We had many people stop by and say how great they thought the house looked. I think they were a little tired of looking out their windows and seeing the peeling white and gray exterior.
We discussed colors with the local Benjamin Moore paint dealer and our painter. The house is small so colors that would look good a larger house might not work on ours.
We explained that the look we were going for was “Adorable.” I think we succeeded!
Now, we need to get that awesome front door in place. What color should we paint it!?
It’s painting time!
Step one – power wash the house to loosen up old paint. We will wait a few days for the house to completely dry and then do some scraping and priming.
Final color choice… using Benjamin Moore Paints
Main house: Whipple Blue, Trim: Lancaster Whitewash, Accent color: Gingersnaps
= Adorable House
Can you spot the subtle difference? Photos have different accent colors. It’s Baked Cumin vs. Gingersnaps. Instagram vote favored Gingersnaps (on the left)
Note: Gray and white were the original colors although we found a mustard-yellow underneath.
Our designer decided to go with the classic, small black and white floor tile and white “subway” tile walls. Bathroom design and fixtures are comfortably modern.
Remember our upstairs floor plan? One old bedroom was turned into a LARGE bathroom by a previous owner. The new design is for two smaller (although good size) bathrooms including a master bath with a large shower…
Tiling in process! Looking good.
We are sticking in drawers and cubbies wherever we can. Custom made built ins by swyftdesignworks.com
We bought our little Victorian because it had a number of original features… however, some things were missing and need to be replaced. The existing front door is a classic 1970’s modern Luan plywood door. Functional – but ugly (no other way to put it).
Our craftsman/carpenter/designer is always on the lookout for architectural wonders…
He found us a new door!
It’s a beauty – found at a street sale in Portland. Needs some work, but it’s exactly what we need. Yay!! Big plans to do something interesting with the glass part. Stay tuned.
Our designer decided to go with a classic light gray shade for all the bedroom walls upstairs. Paint is made locally in Portland Oregon. We love it!
Finish product is looking good! Our craftsman/carpenter made all the trim to fit in with this 1895 classic Astoria home. The accent wall of western red cedar (see a few blogs ago) turned out really nice.
We have been overseas in Scotland for two weeks. No, we are not looking for another home restoration project, but we did find a couple fixer uppers.
A beautiful example of a 14th century castle that needs a little work. Watch for rude watchmen and falling cows. This is Doune Castle – “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was filmed here.
This one requires an expert designer as well as an expert in structural integrity. The McDuff Castle was built in the 11th Century of red sandstone that is slowly crumbling away.
Stay tuned for more on our own castle in Astoria, Oregon!!