If I ever get done priming and sanding all the pieces in my lifetime, I will need to paint them. Pretty much everything needs to be painted before the house is assembled. So to make any progress, I had to decide on an exterior color scheme, a project that resulted in almost as much endless waffling on my part as the original decision of what to build.
I looked on the web for pictures of "Painted Ladies" because I wanted my house to have a Victorian look. Pinterest is a great source for this, just go there and type in Painted Ladies and you'll hit the jackpot. This was a good site also: http://www.paintedladies.com
It also happened that we had a vacation planned, and we went to Cape May during this period. Cape May is one of my favorite place on earth, and yet I ams so obsessed with working on this Miniature House that I was borderline annoyed by the interruption the trip presented. While we were there I had lots of Victorian architecture to look at for inspiration, and I also found a little fireplace in an antique shop, so the trip was satisfying on many levels.
I took this picture on Gurney Street, both for color schemes and because the design of the houses kind of reminded me of the Strawberry Patch:
|Victorian Houses in Cape May, New Jersey|
I took the picture of the Delsea House below because of the fancy wood trim. The Strawberry Patch kit came with some trims that I thought were kind of unrealistic, but as it turns out they are taken from actual Victorian style houses:
|The Delsea House, Cape May NJ|
|Curlicue Trim from the Delsea|
|Curlicue Trim from the Strawberry Patch|
|Porch Balusters from the Delsea|
|Porch Balusters from the Strawberry Patch|
But I digress, because I was talking about picking a color scheme. So all of this research was interesting but didn't get me anywhere in terms of making a decision. What I finally did, at the advice of my wonderful husband Bob, was to take a trip to the Home Depot to get paint brochures. They do the work! Here is the Behr brochure I picked up. It contained dozens of designer-approved color schemes all mapped out for me:
I record the colors here for my future reference:
Walls: Behr Pale Sagebrush - No. ECC-38-1
Shutters: Behr Sea Fern - No. ECC-38-3
Trim: Behr Ultra Pure White - this is different from the color scheme, but I preferred the pure white
You can buy little sample pots of all these paints for $2.99 each at Home Depot, so you don't have to spend a fortune on full size cans. I bought two pots of the Sagebrush and one of each color for the shutters and trim, which should be enough.
|Behr paint sample pots have screw tops, which is so |
much nicer than dealing with traditional paint can lids.