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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Favorites: It’s Just Paint

 

Sunday Favorites

   It's that time again.  I love Sunday Favorites, don't you?  We all get to share some of our earliest tales!

Go visit Chari at Happy to Design to see other wonderful past posts.

                              It’s Just Paint

Bar none, yellow is the hardest paint color to get right (well, maybe red), yet its dividends are amazing. It is the most forgiving background color for older furniture that has seen better days. It is an amazing backdrop for dark wood pieces

( especially my pieces).

Because I didn't grow up in a family that bought paint brands like Farrow & Ball, I believed that the only place you bought paint, in small towns throughout South Texas, was Sherwin Williams (remember Dover White, the go to color of the ages?).

Frankly, considering my current ADD symptoms, that is quite enough choices for me, thank you very much.

It is when I venture out to Home Depot, Lowe's, and Benjamin Moore that I simply feel defeated- truly defeated. I walk around in circles muttering things to myself like "this is ridiculous, I am an educated person... it's just paint."

At that point, I begin to make frantic phone calls to my daughters who, if they are not screening their calls, answer by saying,

"Haven't we talked about this mother?" (see previous post), or even worse,

"Uh, mother it’s kind of hard to pick paint colors over the phone".

My cheeks are red (try Sherwin Williams Ruby Gem) thinking about it .

So back to Sherwin Williams I go , where family members of ages past have tread.

At least when I make wrong choices at Sherwin Williams, I can console myself with another 'ism' from my father:

"You came by it honest."

Best yellow for my house: Banana Cream

Best neutral for my house: Kilim Beige

Best blue for my house: Cosmos

17 comments:

Faye said...

Laura,What a beautiful post!Please keep us in your prayers! Hope you have a great Sunday! Blessings, Faye

Dixie said...

Laura... you've made me want to visit Sherwin Williams... for some of that Cosmos Blue...

Have a wonderful Sunday at home... Hope Hubby is healing well and feeling better...

Blessings. Dixie

Tonja said...

It was only when we built our new house that I even looked at any paint other than Sherwin-Williams. And I loooove their neutral color 'bagel'...it is such a wonderful color. In our new house...all the colors are from Benjamin Moore...and I really love them, too. But, BM was the pint that our archtect and designer likes best. To me...paint is paint.

I also agree about yellow. I tried to find just the right shade of yellow/gold to paint my kitchen and great room in my previous house. I must have tried 4 or 5...and I still didn't get what I pictured in my mind!

maidenshade said...

Ahhhh Paint. I am well acquainted with paint. As are my walls, which will never deteriorate as they have about 3" of the stuff on each and every one of them. And if they DID disintegrate, we'd never know it because the paint would still be there, standing tall in it's many-hued incarnations...

Happy 2nd time around Sunday!

xJ
MaidenShade.wordpress.com

Preppy 101 said...

Hey Laura!! i am a Benjamin Moore Girl. I always take something with me that is the color I want, then I leave it up to the professionals. The Benjamin Moore store I use is on the smaller size, so as not to overwhelm. One summer when I took on my DR and Kitchen - painted OVER wallpaper and it worked because I had the BenMoore people helping all along the way. But, I was in the store so much that one of the sales associates - a young man - finally said "what do you do for a living?" haha He thought I was a prof painter. I told him as slow as I am I would starve for sure and that I was a high school English teacher. He said "oh!" Funny moment.

I love to talk paint so call me next time. I won't screen your calls ;-)

Sue said...

Laura, I just put Kilim Beige in the remodeling project I'm working on now! In fact,I'm using several of the same color palette on that strip. Nice and neutral and it enhances all that I already own and plan on buying. Happy 2nd time around. Hope all is much better w/your husband... :-) Sue

Annie said...

You are doing better than I did: we took two years looking for the "right white" for the interior of My Ranchburger. I love Sherwin Williams paint. They have computer matched everything so well. I used one of those "fancy" paints on one side of my garage and Sherwin Williams on another side. Sherwin Williams withstood hurricane Ike and the "fancy" paint suffered from rain and wind damage.

marty39 said...

Oh I would love a great yellow. I just may have to visit Sherwin Williams for some of that Banana Cream. It even sounds yummy. Hugs, Marty

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Some traditions are worth honoring, especially if they evoke fond memories of cherished loved ones. That being said, if you ever want to venture out and try the Ralph Lauren paint, Blonde is my favorite of all Ralph's yellows. By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It's much appreciated.

Vivienne said...

Yes, it is just paint. Yes, you can just paint it again if you don't love the finished product.

However, paint is also time, money and emotional investment. Who wants to take more than one swipe at it? Do what you do.

Joy said...

I do Sherwin Williams too. I painted my girl's rooms "gentle yellow" when they were little. Trust me there was nothing gentle about it. You could land 747's in there for Bush Intercontinental. It was so bright. I learned to go down the shade you like by a couple of shades when it comes to yellow.
My favorite Sherwin Williams color is Duhrrie(sp) Beige. I've used it now in two different houses in one room or another. I never tire of it and it is a great beige with no pink in it. It's an old color but they can still mix it.
I just went to my swatch drawer where I keep my favorite paint swatches and found your kilim beige. It is pretty.

Glad you found colors that work for you.

Joy

Domestic Designer said...

Picking paint colors is so difficult. Just the right color can make such a remarkable difference. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Cindy said...

Oh yes, paint color's are hard but so much fun! I just love looking at color chips for fun! LOL, Cindy

Chari said...

Hi Laura...

So happy that you joined in with the fun of Sunday Favorites today, my friend! What a great post...I love, love, love paint!!! Hehe!!!

Seriously, my honey even makes fun of me whenever we are in any store that sells paint...he says that he always knows where to find me! And...it's so true!!! I just love color and I'm simply fascinated by the hundred's of color choices...not to mention all those pretty paint samples organized by their color hues!!! Ahhhh!!! I love yellow and I think that you're absolutely right about getting that color "right"! The banana cream sounds fabulous...if not tasty! Hehe!!! I'll have to check that color out next time I'm in Sherwin Williams! Love your pretty photo of the beautiful blue and white dish!!!

Thank you so much for sharing this post today...I really enjoyed it!!!

Hope that you're having a super Sunday, my friend!
Chari

Susie Q said...

Figures that I want to paint our den yellow...but I grabbed a handful of the colors, cut and taped them together til I had a reasonable size swatch, then stuck them on the walls...lovely decor. Couldn't quite find the right blue for our den...I had just done curtains for it. Eureka! Switched the swatches from our bedroom (yellow) to the den (blue) So now our beddroom will be a lovely blue/green by Kilz casual and the den will be Gold buttercup...at some point this summer. I hope to get our BD done by the 4th..the den, probably one wall at a time.

Frippery said...

Laura, Thanks for the lovely comment. Prayers that all is going well with your hubby. Being a somewhat retired faux painter I (and my family) are well acquainted with color change. I have yet to find a color that I can live with more than a few years at a time. So, don't stress. It is only paint. The easiest change ever. Go for what you love and if it isn't lovable next year, well you know what to do!

trash talk said...

Girl, I always thought that Navajo White was the only color on the wheel! I'm in the throes of deciding on a new color for my lr and I am driving myself crazy! Good luck and as Pam says, you know what to do!
Hope all is going well with your homecoming.
Debbie

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