Before & After: White Washed

The beauty of this 110 year old, half-timbered Queen Anne had been whited out. Luckily Justin and Rachel could see beneath the white and imagine what this home could look like in full color!

These smart homeowners have already replace the original damaged slate roof (which had been overlaid with asphalt shingles) with DaVinci Roofscapes Valoré in the color blend Villa, which is a perfect choice. 

Working down from there, I replaced the brackets along the roof and the crossheads above the windows with similar styles from Fypon. The dentil molding under the porch eaves was also replaced with a Fypon product. All of these products are long-life, low-maintenance products that will remain looking new for the life of the home.

While I would have liked to replace the porch columns with a product with more longevity, I didn't want to give up the unique, original look. Repairing what was there and adding a fresh coat of paint was the answer. I did however replace the spindles and rails with a Fypon balustrade system. All of the trim was painted Medici Ivory.

A warm neutral, Oyster Bar, was selected for the main color. To accentuate the half timbers, they would be painted them with Unusual Gray.

Since the home already has a wide front opening I replaced the existing door with a Therma-Tru Canvas Craft front door centered between two sidelights. Both the door and sidelights have Ashurst glass inserts with leading that has lines similar to the half-timber pattern. I painted the door and sidelights with Gallery Green. This is a green that is toned down but has enough color to standout in the shaded area of the porch.

This home needs landscaping but since the homeowners are newlyweds I kept it simple and inexpensive by starting with just two shrubs and filling in the rest with a single type of easy-to-grow flowering plants.

This home has great bones, is in a great area and once renovated I have no doubt will be colorful asset to the neighborhood! 

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