We are finally back to working on our little Astorian Victorian.
You may remember from previous posts that we had our home painted! The old gray and white paint was peeling badly so it desperately needed a new coat of paint. We agonized over colors for many months but finally settled on blue, off-white and brown. (Benjamin Moore selection).
We continue to get compliments and praise for our color choice! Our neighbors, dog walkers, people driving by etc. etc. randomly stop by and tell us they absolutely love it.
And yes… that is the “Goonie House” on the hill in the background.
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 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.
I know I am getting ahead of myself with all the interior work that needs to be done, but I can’t help thinking about house exterior colors. What color are we going to paint this house! Go bold? Stay very traditional? Not sure.
Of course, everyone has their own opinion… which makes things harder.
Found this chart of traditional colors from the Victorian period when this house was built? Would one of these work? Can they still mix these colors?
I also found some examples of color combinations I like. I’m inclined to go a little bold right now. The blue with cream and light green trim is “speaking to me.” This could all change. 🙂 Stay tuned…