Seaside Villa, now painted

I really intended to finish the Victorianna this year, but I’m just not feeling it right now, so I’ve turned my attention back to the Seaside Villa. The last time I posted about this house, I had painted it with Glidden Belgian Waffle, and didn’t like it.

I repainted it light gray. This is a Behr paint sample named Fast as the Wind.

This looks better with the white trim.

I had taken one of the Majestic Mansions doors to Home Depot to try to match the white for the rest of the trim. According to their computer it was plain old white. The guy handed me a sample tub (the white base color they mix dyes into) without mixing anything in.

I didn’t like it. I’m not sure if you can tell from this picture, but it was a harsh white that looked noticeably different from the Majestic Mansions trim.

I also didn’t like how the stained glass door panel looked with a white door.

This has all been sitting untouched for months, but last weekend I decided to play with the paint. I redid the pieces I’d painted with the bright white with another shade named Bleached Linen. I’d previously used this on the Victorianna’s kitchen cabinets and it seemed like a close enough match.

I was having trouble with the paint looking rough inside the routed lines of the trim. This always happens, and I always do coat after coat thinking it will fix itself. This time I decided to spread wood filler inside the lines.

That looks much smoother! (Well, except for those spots that need touching up.) The downside is that the routed lines are much less visible.

I painted the doors dark blue.

For the Majestic Mansions door (which is a piece of a Newport door that I disassembled for the Queen Anne Rowhouse), I carefully painted the edges by the glass. But since the glass is permanently installed in this door, I unfortunately can’t get the white parts that are sandwiched against the glass.

From an angle, you can see the white when the door is in place. Annoying, but there’s nothing I can do about it.

I wanted to take a picture with all the windows in, but I didn’t feel like taking them out of their boxes and sanding the holes to make them all fit. I’ll be adding apex trim, grillwork, and porch railing from Victorian Dollhouse Woodworks.

I painted the back door blue as well.

The stained glass looks pretty with the light shining through.


  1. chrisv

    Fantastic! The new color is much better and the door is gorgeous!

  2. ann

    Getting paint right is just hard. When I tried to choose paint for my own (real) house, I made half a dozen trips to the hardware store having paint tinted and retained. One would think that white is white. And then the lighting distorts paint color, so it is little wonder that you had difficulty. The Sea Side is a wonderful house and I’m glad to see it again.

  3. Diane

    I love the gray! And those blue doors really look good. Great job!

  4. Rhonda

    Now that is really pretty!! Great color combinations!

  5. Alayne

    The soft grey colour with the blue doors is a lovely colour combination and what a very pretty house this will be once all the windows and trims are in place!

  6. Carrie

    The dark blue does the trick! Very nice Emily.

  7. Elizabeth

    Your colour combinations are very East Coast and instantly serve to enhance the Seaside theme of this house: and I LOVE the look of the stained glass from the inside too!

  8. Sue M

    Looking Good! So excited to see your progress. I do like the grey much better than the tan. The blue doors with the white trim really make it pop. You have a lot of patience to paint all the little bits of trim over again, but I understand wanting it just right. Can’t wait to see the journey you take with this little house. Keep up the good work!

  9. Sheila

    I love the grey and white. And the Bleached Linen looks much better. The blue with the doors is really pretty, makes the stained glass pop.

  10. Jodi

    This is such a pretty house and the new color just seems to fit the seaside theme in a grand way! I have microwaved doors and windows like this to get at the raw wood, but it is really nerve wracking and fraught with peril! I think you made the right choice in painting around it, and with so many beautiful features to look at, in the end you won’t even notice.

  11. Samantha

    Love this new colour combo! It’s looking marvellous. :) With the door issue, what about adding tiny card strip trim along the inside edge of the glass or some sort of painted cord or floss.. it might make the white harder to see and add some subtle detail to the door at the same time.

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