Just in case no one else has mentioned it today….
….you are a rock star.
Yes. You. The one drinking the coffee or the diet coke or eating the blueberry muffin or going all healthy with oatmeal this morning.
I asked for help picking out a paint color and YOU STOOD UP AND WERE COUNTED.
It was a really big decision. Painting an entire house is A LOT OF PRESSURE. I mean, let’s be straight. I am going to look at that color for years and years and years to come. I’m going to pull into the driveway and that color is going to say hello. I’m going to wake up in the morning and that color is going to have coffee with me.
I didn’t want to get it wrong.
Just between you and me—I was nervous. Like I was back in high school all over again wondering if someone was asking me to homecoming. Just like that. Except to the fiftieth power.
But then you showed up. You represented. You encouraged me and gave me suggestions even beyond the paint color (like with the shutters and the awnings and the roof and the front door) and it helped shape my vision. So, I took a big gulp and straightened my shoulders and braced myself and picked a color.
And now? The house is painted.
AND I LOVE IT.
Want to see the house with its new look?
Here’s where we started.
You can read all about the colors and the journey and way bigger swatches of the colors here.
I asked for help and you left 620 comments.
I read them each and every one. And because every comment should count—I counted them.
Here’s the final tally:
Paint color number 1/SW 7746 Rushing River: 104 votes
Paint color number 2/SW 7655 Stamped Concrete: 230 votes
Paint color number 3/SW 7669 Summit Gray: 120 votes
Paint color number 4/SW 2849 Westchester Gray: 127 votes
Paint color number 5/SW 7067 Cityscape: 43 votes
Paint color number 6/SW 0077 Classic French Gray: 29 votes
(there are more votes than comments because some people voted twice).
Number 2 won. But here’s the funny thing. I didn’t paint the house number 2 because in random paint news, number 2 didn’t look like number 2 when I painted a giant swatch of it and looked at it during different times of the day.
It looked almost purple sometimes.
So I chose a different color instead.
I chose the color that LOOKED like number two when it was painted.
Meet my new paint color.
Paint color number 1/SW 7746 Rushing River.
The contrast of the paint really makes all those beautiful moldings pop. And look at the black against it. SERIOUSLY. It looks so fancy now.
I learned SO MUCH along the way with this painting journey. I wanted to share. I want to shout out my new painting knowledge from the wrought iron porch on the front of the house to help anyone else who is about to paint their house. This is the post you will want to read and pin and save for the day you are choosing your own paint color for your house.
Here are my best tips to know when painting your house.
1. Don’t just paint a tiny swatch
One of the readers suggested this and THEY ARE BRILLIANT. A tiny swatch doesn’t do a paint color justice. Not even close. You need surface area when picking a color. Paint a giant area and then live with it.
Hang out with coffee.
Check it out in the morning.
Check it out in the afternoon sun.
Check it out as the sun is setting.
Seriously, y’all. That color changes like no tomorrow. Look for the paint that looks best in all the lights.
I was going for number two. Truly. It was the perfect gray to me. Until. Until the afternoon sun turned it purple.
2. Look at the roof and the doors
I wanted a gray that enhanced the roof and the black doors.
See how both of the colors have similar undertones.
(total aside: a reader suggested SW Tricorn Black for the door and it’s a beautiful black color).
(total aside number two: thanks to you all, I nixed the awning idea in the front and I’m going with black shutters instead. I’m adding two small black and white awnings over two windows in the back of the house).
3. Make sure to paint a swatch of trim next to the paint color
I went with SW Extra White for the trim.
It helped to see how that color made the gray pop.
Some of the colors changed when placed next to white.
(total aside: meet with your painters prior to painting and point out all the trim that needs to be painted your trim color, too).
4. Ask a friend
I couldn’t have done this without you.
Not even close.
Not a single painted piece of wood.
Not a single piece of molding.
You encouraged me and made me laugh and chipped in with some other amazing paint colors I hadn’t thought of.
Here are a few of your suggestions:
SW 7018 Dovetail (beautiful gray)
SW 6258 Tricorn Black (amazing black for doors)
SW 7019 Gauntlet Gray (rich gray)
SW 7036 Accessible Beige (classic neutral khaki)
SW 7068 Grizzle Gray (dark, moody gray)
SW 7638 Jogging Path (this looks super similar to the color on the house)
SW 7674 Peppercorn (dark gray with a hint of midnight blue)
I’m so happy you are here.
I’m so happy you are sitting next to me.
I literally cannot even.
We have tons more to discuss.
What type of shutters? And what style of awnings? And should I go with brass or silver for the front door hardware? And how in the world are we going to fix those brick steps?
I think I need to make more sweet tea. 🙂
PS I wanted to give a GIANT SHOUT OUT to Sherwin-Williams. I am a brand ambassador with them and they provided the primer, paint and trim paint for the house. I’m so happy that they did (but you know I would have chosen Sherwin-Williams anyway). I’ve been using them for 15 years and I wouldn’t trust the paint on my house to anyone else. 🙂