Painting a Historic House…Historically. PART V


So, yesterday I did a post about how I was FREAKING OUT about the exterior wall color of the Cross House.

I had received scientific confirmation about the original 1894 color. And this matched a Duron color chip: 8194 Capertree. (Duron was taken over by Sherwin-Williams years ago, but SW could match the color.)

I then picked up a sample quart, and painted some on the house.

And it was WAY off from the color I have been using since 2014.

I just felt knocked down.



The light wall color is what Sherwin-Williams mixed for me. The darker wall color is what I have been using since 2014 because I thought IT was the 1894 color, or close to it.


But this is what Brandy found online. And, gee, it looks a lot like what I have been using since 2104! So, did Sherwin-Williams simply mix the wrong color?

This morning however, I found that Brandy left a comment. She found the Duron color chip online…which looked nothing like what Sherwin-Williams mixed for me. But it DID look a lot like what I have been using since 2104! So, did Sherwin-Williams simply mix the wrong color?



This is what Brandy found. You can see #8194 to the right, third from bottom.



I then emailed Frank Welsh, who did the color analysis, and he emailed back with an attached Duron color chip. This chip not only looks totally different than the Sherwin-Williams sample, but it ALSO looks different then the chip Brandy found. Of course, what things look like on computer monitors, and what they look like in real life, are often different.


So, one thing is now certain.

What Sherwin-Williams mixed was wrong. I went to the store today and they agreed it was wrong, but had no explanation.

To resolve this, Frank graciously agreed to send me a bit of the color chip. Sherwin-Williams can then computer match this, and I should, after much ado, finally know exactly what the original exterior wall color of the Cross House was.



Please ignore my hysteria yesterday.




  1. Kelly on May 7, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I think it looks lovely as it is now. But I too would be stressing out if I wanted it to be the true original color.

    BTW…no matter how many times I read “Capertree” it translate into “Craptree”…seriously, every time. I’m trying to say it now the right way but nope, it’s “Craptree”.

  2. Julia on May 7, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I CAN’T ignore it!

    I was ready to book a flight to Kansas to help repaint the house…I literally breathed a sigh of relief after reading your post and will now pour myself a celebratory second glass of rosé.

  3. Brandy Mulvaine on May 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Wait Kelly, you mean it’s not Craptree?? Hehehe!

    And Ross, you and that house are like this (holding up crossed fingers) there is no way, NO WAY, man!! that you could be that off on the main color or that the house would let you be that off on the color! The Cross House could never be that pale…

  4. nathan on May 8, 2016 at 1:03 am

    i really love the duron paint chip! looks sort of like the colour you’re painting the trim, only mellower.

  5. MikeE on May 9, 2016 at 10:07 am

    After missing a few days, have been catching up with Emporia this morning. I feel for you; our neighbor a few years back had a similar dilemma, and found out that the trim color he was trying to match was way off. I know (and appreciate) your drive for accuracy, but in the end, this is the now the MacTaggart Mansion; if you love a color that is a shade or two off from what Mr. Cross chose 120 years ago, then you should go with what you like. I am sure Mr. and Mrs. Cross are just happy and thankful that you saved their house, and won’t haunt you over a paint color…

  6. djd_fr on January 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I’m thinking you may have three rows of shingles to repaint.

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