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Old 05-30-2010, 11:57 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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We are purchasing a house that has relatively new white vinyl siding and a charcoal gray-blue roof.
I know a purist would say to remove the vinyl but we do not have that kind of budget and we like the ease and cost effectiveness that vinyl affords - although we would not have chosen white.
Any ideas for trim color shutters, decorations above windows, porch bracket colors etc?

At present the shutters are painted an 80s country blue - ugh!
Yes the kitcheb has blue wall paper involvving ducks but thats a whole other post.
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:51 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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How about a picture?

You might want to look up the period style for that time period.

Maybe a deep burgandy?

I wouldn't go with any blue - too matchy, matchy with the roof.
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The Painted Ladies
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:07 PM
 
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We are purchasing a house that has relatively new white vinyl siding and a charcoal gray-blue roof.
I know a purist would say to remove the vinyl but we do not have that kind of budget and we like the ease and cost effectiveness that vinyl affords - although we would not have chosen white.
Any ideas for trim color shutters, decorations above windows, porch bracket colors etc?

At present the shutters are painted an 80s country blue - ugh!
Yes the kitcheb has blue wall paper involvving ducks but thats a whole other post.
Congrats! I agree with the other poster, research the painted ladies. This will give you lots of ideas.
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:09 AM
 
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Are you sure the house is a Victorian? White is a little hard to work with if you want to make it look older because it is so stark. My in-laws have a 4-square that has white aluminum siding with a dark gray roof, dark gray shutters and trim around the windows. You could go with something like that and then add a bold color front door.

I see a lot of people trying to make a house into a Victorian when it really isn't and then it just looks silly.

A picture would be helpful.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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We are purchasing a house that has relatively new white vinyl siding and a charcoal gray-blue roof.
I know a purist would say to remove the vinyl but we do not have that kind of budget and we like the ease and cost effectiveness that vinyl affords - although we would not have chosen white.
Any ideas for trim color shutters, decorations above windows, porch bracket colors etc?

At present the shutters are painted an 80s country blue - ugh!
Yes the kitcheb has blue wall paper involvving ducks but thats a whole other post.
I've never seen an old house that looked good wearing vinyl. Take it off and paint the poor place like North Beach Person implies!
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:21 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I an sure that the house is a late Victorian with some Edwardian and craftsman features.
Not terrible ornate - which is fine with me - but most lay people would call it a Victorian.

I TOTALLY agree about the vinyl siding. hey in a perfect world I would strip it off and replace it with clapboard made of wood. I do not have this kind of money right now.

So, within the context of what we an and cannot do economically what is your best advice???
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I would think the safest would be to paint the doors, trim and shutters black.
black and white while not the most original, it is a classic.

I think IMO which is worthless it would be better than painting it a color that would look stupid.....
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I an sure that the house is a late Victorian with some Edwardian and craftsman features.
Not terrible ornate - which is fine with me - but most lay people would call it a Victorian.

I TOTALLY agree about the vinyl siding. hey in a perfect world I would strip it off and replace it with clapboard made of wood. I do not have this kind of money right now.

So, within the context of what we an and cannot do economically what is your best advice???
Usually the vinyl is just slapped on over the origional wood. Is that the case with your place? If so, you could patch, scrape and paint it at very low cost if you DIY it. Not saying it would be easy or painless, but perhaps worth it. Otherwise it's gonna be impossible to make it look "classy" by just tacking on new fake shutters, pediments and the like. It will only look tacky and cost you more $$$.

I would go all the way and do it right or not go at all. If it isn't currently economically feasible, leave it as-is and wait until it is feasible.
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