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  • CNE1899
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    Hakan,
    Great paint scheme and paint job, the house looks very Victorian.

    Scott

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    Håkan,

    As far as I can determine our house was built in 1859.

    Mike

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  • masonamerican
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    Thanks for the input Mike! How old is your house? When you mention the colors I imagine an old Victorian.

    Thanks Dave, I’ll keep a lookout for that book.

    Håkan

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  • deemery
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    That's a classic 'Ruskin' Victorian paint scheme... If you see this book in a used book store cheap, it's worth getting: https://www.amazon.com/Exterior-Deco...dp/0892570512/ "A Century of Color" by Robert Moss.

    dave

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    Håkan,

    I like the colors. You did a fine job on that house; it looks real.

    Our own house in real life is red, and at one time we used ochre on the trim around the eaves like you did. It's a truly old-fashioned color that was painted on a lot of houses and commercial buildings.

    Mike

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  • masonamerican
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    Here are photos of the nearly finished building. I used yellow ochre for the trim. Gave a lighter and nice contrast to the other colors I think.

    Håkan
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  • masonamerican
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    Thanks Guys for the input and kind words! Time flies and I haven’t been home for a week but when back home I’ll post some photos of the finished building.

    Great to hear from you Rich! The Bar Mills tower was great fun and a easy build with the cast parts doing most of the work.

    Håkan

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  • CNE1899
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    Hakan,
    I like both color schemes as well. Nice job.

    Scott

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  • Pennman
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    Håkan,

    I haven't been visiting lately, sorry for the delay. Better late than never.
    I went back a few pages, and you have done some excellent work.

    I like the Bar Mill water tower. Looks really nice with the colors you have chosen.
    I will be following more closely for some great tips, thanks for sharing.

    Rich

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    I see your point and the gray does indeed look good.

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  • railman28
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    I like the gray too. Especially with the pink Gable end.

    Bob

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  • masonamerican
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    Thanks Mike!

    I made another side with the variant of the original paintscheme. And finished off the other one with some weathering and highlights. I painted the sash a grey instead of back as it pops out better. Although prototypical it looks weird on the building and hard to see from a distance as the building will be about 24” from the viewer.
    I now like them both so I’ll paint another building with the other scheme


    Håkan

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    Håkan,

    I like the brown trim, and now the pink on the gable looks better.

    Regarding the sash, it was typical back then to paint it a dark color to make the window recede visually and give a more 3-d appearance.

    In any case, I think you are heading in the right direction.

    Mike

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  • masonamerican
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    Thanks Bill! I’ll check them out

    I tried Bobs scheme suggestion. One with the sashes still light blue and the other one with black sashes.
    I think they both look rather nice. Perhaps replace the black with more lighter grey to make the sashes pop out more

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  • Bill_Gill
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    Håkan, You have probably already found many examples, but here are a couple they may help your search for authentic colors:

    https://www.oldhouseonline.com/repai...torian-houses/

    https://www.mitchellspublications.co.../comstock/mhp/

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