Before & After: Karen's Historic Home Color Makeover

Before & After: Karen's Historic Home Color Makeover

Janel Laban
Apr 27, 2012

Back in May, Karen asked the Apartment Therapy readers for suggestions on what colors to use for the exterior of her historic home in Jamaica Plain. She was also thinking about using multiple colors — switching up the shades for the first and second floors. Well, the job is finally done, and she was kind enough to send in a fantastic "after" photo …

Here is what Karen had to say about the project:

We struggled all summer with the right way to paint the exterior and finally, a week before the painter was ready to start, had to make a decision. Luckily, a house in an adjacent neighborhood, that I had admired for years, had just completed their renovation and exterior painting, so I simply left them a note, asking their colors. And I lucked out and found a sympathetic home owner who was more then happy to share (and commiserate on the process)! First floor clapboards: Gloucester Sage (kind of an olive green/gray) Second floor shingles: Princeton Gold Trim: Abingdon Putty Doors, windows, deck floors: Wenge Now we just have to hope the lilacs, forsythia and groundcovers along the driveway grow back in the Spring! Thanks for posting and for all the ideas from the readers...they were definitely helpful in the process.

Looks wonderful — thanks for the followup, Karen!

Exterior Paint Color Suggestions for Historic Home?

(Images: Karen)

(Re-edited from a post originally published 11.08.10 - NM)


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