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Siding Restoration on a Historic Home: Part 2

Painted Lady Home Makeover: Model ReModel 2022 mixes bright colors with modern touches


Symbi Regeneration House - Displaying the front of the house - a before and after siding restoration and painting was done.

It has been more than a quarter century since Symbi Regeneration House has received a fresh coat of paint, and the challenge was to revitalize the look and feel of the property while paying homage to its 19th-century roots.


The home is located in the historic section of Hyattsville, MD, known for its collection of "Painted Ladies," a term made popular in 1960s San Francisco to denote Victorian-style homes dressed in at least three bright, bold colors highlighting the architectural details of their exteriors.


Nicole spent months researching and sampling colors to find the right mix of history and modernity. She selected a deep greenish-gray color for the siding, off-white trim, and bright aqua blue and yellow for accents.


Tysvaer created this color specification diagram to help guide their expert painters. All paint was Sherwin-Williams Duration Exterior in Satin finish.
Tysvaer created this color specification diagram to help guide their expert painters. All paint was Sherwin-Williams Duration Exterior in Satin finish.

"We painted the corner boards the same color as the siding and painted the rafter tails the same slightly off-white color as the soffits and fascia at the roofline. This gives the home a fresh, modern twist," says Tysvaer.


At the same time, Tysvaer celebrated the decorative craftsmanship of the historic Victorian style by accenting the fishtail gable in bright yellows and using a light aqua blue for the bow-tie corbels, the window pediments, and porch ceiling. The new paint job sports a brighter and bolder color palette with all the charm of a historic property.



Bright yellows and aqua blue accent the architectural details of this 19th-century Victorian-style home.
Bright yellows and aqua blue accent the architectural details of this 19th-century Victorian-style home.

Read about the first part of our siding restoration process >