Victorian Charm – Before and After Exterior Painting

Sunwest Painting restores and transforms 1900 Victorian home in San Jose, CA.

Downtown San Jose is known for having ornate Victorian Homes.

Victorian Home Features

  • Rich, deep colors
  • Formal and functional rooms
  • Hardwood floors
  • Solid wood doors, trim, and molding
  • Wallpaper
  • Basements
Before Painting

Project Scope

  • Exterior Painting
  • Wood repairs and replacements
  • Basement entry hatch, stair, and railing replacements.
  • Paint the detached garage unit
  • Color Consultation


Five years ago, the house was painted to get it ready for sale. Unfortunately, the wood and various surfaces were not properly prepared. The wood and paint were weathered, peeling, cracking, and blistering. It’s difficult to maintain a home built over 100 years ago, especially when it has wood siding.


You can see how a properly prepared surface makes such a difference in the painting process. The wood and siding will remain sealed to prevent blistering and peeling for years to come. Choosing the correct products contributes to the longevity of the project. For this house, we used Dunn-Edwards Exterior Evershield that protects against UV color fade, mildew, efflorescence, water intrusion, cracking, peeling, and blistering.

During the project planning phase we scheduled a Color Consultation with the homeowner to discover what their color preferences were. After providing a rendering and finalizing the selection with a sample we put together the following color scheme.

Our clients were pleased with the results of the prep work, painting, and designing the color scheme.

“My review is very overdue, but I have to chime in and say how great Sunwest was. They painted my 1900s home in September 2020 and restored its beauty. The process was great. They were quick to come out for an estimate and Denise was helpful with the color consultation. I had a small issue a few months later that was covered under the warranty and they came out quickly to fix it. Love how my house looks now! ” Emily S. Yelp Review

Color Selection

Body: Charcoal Smudge DE6370

Trim: Swiss Coffee DEW341

Doors: Zucchini Flower DET478

Window grid: Black DEA002

The contemporary color scheme reflects the styles of today paired with the charm of a 1900’s home.

The contemporary color scheme reflects the styles of today paired with the charm of a 1900’s home.

Denise Artache 

Sunwest Painting