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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Isn't it Amazing What a Little Paint Can Do?

No truer words have ever been spoken. I LOVE PAINT! I will always profess my undying love to this amazing mood changer!

In the course of over three years (the time we've owned our house), we have repainted almost every room in our home. Each room must convey a single emotion when we enter.

Kitchen = Sunny
Living Room = Cozy
Our Bedroom = Relaxing
Office = Calm
Mudroom = Inviting
Laundry Room = Fresh
Being an artist makes me a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to color.

I'd love to share some of my tips for picking out the perfect paint colors. Hopefully this will protect you from making a bad decision. But, rest assured that if you really don't LOVE the color after you have painted one wall, you can take your paint back to the store and ask the "paint guy" to tweak the color for you. Or worst case scenario, you have to buy a new gallon. (Well, okay, that can get expensive.)

But, if you find a color you truly "LOVE", it will translate into loving your home. So worth it in my book!

Before I paint any room, I go to several paint departments and gather several color chips that appeal to me. The colors that I REALLY think I'm going to like, I will grab a few extra chips of (shhhh, don't rat me out for stealing paint chips.)

When I get home, I tuck the chips behind the switch plate cover, in the molding, or tape them on several different walls in the room. It is important to place the chips next to your trim moulding so you can see if the color will work well next to it.

After looking at the chips for at least a week during different times of day and different lighting (sunny or cloudy days) I am usually able to narrow down my choices to 2 or 3 choices.

Next I run back to the paint department and buy or have samples mixed up of the colors I like. Because I am a "work until I get it done" type person, I go ahead and paint big swatches on the wall next to the moulding on all four walls.  This is important because a color that looks good on your sunny wall may not look so good on a shady wall. And you need to see the colors and how they coordinate with the wall color in an adjoining room. If you aren't quite ready to commit to painting your wall, go ahead and buy some poster boards and paint the swatches on the poster board and hang or prop them up in your room.

A few things to keep in mind while you are looking at a color. Just be aware that the color may change as the seasons change. Winter yields brighter and cooler colored light in our home because the trees are bare. In the summer, our light changes to a greener cast and less harsh lighting as the trees fill out with leaves. I can tell you right now, that I wait for summer to roll around before choosing any colors in the green or yellow family. I need to make sure they look good with the light reflecting off the leaves and into the room.

If you are still having trouble choosing a color, invite a friend over who will give you their HONEST opinion.

If you STILL can't decide, never fear – Pretty Handy Girl is here! "Here I come to save your color dilemma!"

Introducing Paint Preview:

Some of us are visual people, we REALLY need to see the room painted before we know what a color is going to look like up on all four walls. A special thanks to Emily at Decor Chick for testing my new venture last week. I'm calling it "Paint Preview". Thanks to the wonder of technology, I can now virtually paint any room in your home or the exterior of your home! Save yourself time and money by previewing your painting project before the first drop cloth is laid.

Emily's Living Room Before - SW Baguette

Emily's Living Room Paint Previewed - SW Anew Gray

Want more information about Paint Preview? CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

In the meantime, one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a free Paint Preview! But, that's not all! In addition, you will receive a Pretty Handy Girl in a box. (Sorry, I won't be shipping myself to your home. Unless you live in some amazing seaside resort cottage and will pay for my airfare and put me up for a week.) But, I will ship a box of goodies I've made on my blog in addition to some of my favorite treats (did I hear someone say caffeine & chocolate?!)

But wait...there's more! As with all my previous giveaways, I will be including a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Who couldn't use one of those beauties?

So, now that I've let the cat out of the bag, come back tomorrow for the official rules and details for entering my 1,000 follower celebration giveaway!

Until then, I'm thinking about repainting our garage doors and adding grills to them. What do you think?

Our Home Before
Our Garage Paint Previewed

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At February 15, 2011 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Ali Rockwell said...

I LOVE your house... it is so pretty. The garage doors look great painted, it makes a huge difference!

Everything looks so good.

At February 15, 2011 at 7:58 AM , Blogger -Kasey said...

Love your home. It's so warm and inviting! The garage doors look great painted!

Happy Tuesday! :)

At February 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Betsy ~ GAhandygirl said...

Honestly? > I think you should paint your Front door instead of your garage doors. You do have a pretty house and your focal point should be the Front door, not the garage doors. They do take up a lot of visual space, I like that they blend in with the rest of the house and are trimmed in white. Another addition that I'd suggest is adding Real shutters to All of your windows in a Deep Red or Burgundy color and you could paint your door this color as well? Just a suggestion. Just found your blog and I look forward to reading past posts.

At February 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM , Blogger gina said...

The garage doors look great painted! I'll be back tomorrow.....would love to win your giveaway!!

At February 15, 2011 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Comeca Jones said...

Great idea I think it will look better!

At February 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

this is so cool! I'm going to be painting most of my house (inside and out) so this year and I'd love to use a program like this. Specially since I've done (several times) some colors that I later regret.

At February 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Blogger ChRiS said...

gosh how i need this.....i think the painting of the g-doors brightens your home up but i think front door seems to be hidden by its darkness.

At February 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What color & brand of yellow is that in your kitchen? I like it!

At February 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Blogger Hillary said...

I agree with Betsy. Your house has so much curb appeal as it is, I think painting the garage doors an accent color might over-emphasize them. Maybe add wider trim around the windows on the bottom floor and repaint the front door instead of going after the garage doors.

I do like the grills on the garage door, though!

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At February 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Love the Decor! said...

great tips!! (0% of my job as a decorator is helping people pick paint color!!
I love the idea of the grids In your garage windows That may be all you need to make it pop a bit. I like the color it is now (painting the garage doors the same as the house is all the rage right now in new construction

At February 15, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Blogger Baye said...

I kind of agree that the front door needs a color to set it as a focal point. The present color of the garage doors keeps them from being a focal point, but I do think grills in the same color would look great.

I'm not sure how shutter would look because the upstairs can't have them--no place to put them. I think the idea Hillary had of putting some trim around the downstairs windows would look great.

At February 15, 2011 at 8:10 PM , Blogger - Brittany said...

Thank you all for your comments. I have to tell you that the above photo doesn't really show the front of the house well. The front doors are a plum color (seen here:
Front Door Photo
I really like that they are different from any other house in our neighborhood, and being the artist I am, I love having a unique eye catching color ;-). Someday when I get tired of the purple I will repaint them. Regarding shutters, I've used almost all of the original shutters that were on the house for various projects. And, I didn't like how they looked on our house to begin with. Not to say that others wouldn't find the house more attractive with them. I do like the idea of beefing up the trim though. Good suggestions! Keep 'em coming ;-).


At February 15, 2011 at 8:19 PM , Blogger yeoldesandwichshoppeva said...

Paint is amazing! DO IT! Paint those garage doors, they will look fantabulous!

At February 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paint those garage doors, it looks awesome!!! Love all the colors in your house; you're right, they do set the mood. Good job!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:31 PM , Blogger - Brittany said...

Anonymous - The color was a custom mix that I had the paint guy match. But it is almost identical to Sherwin Williams Sunbeam Yellow 0078.

At February 16, 2011 at 6:41 AM , Blogger alje said...

I love the garage doors painted :)
I also love the color of your front door! However you are right it is not shown properly in the first pictures.

At February 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM , Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am SO ready to change some things with paint! Great info! I am going to put your blog in my list of favs! Love it! ♥

At February 16, 2011 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Ruth Yoder said...

I LOVE Paint!! and actually painting. what a great feeling, changing something that makes such a big difference.

At February 16, 2011 at 11:32 AM , Anonymous laurenjanelle said...

your interior paint looks beautiful! those garage doors are going to look so nice too. you have great taste.

At February 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly I love the garage doors as is, the grids would look great though in the same color as the door is now. I think your garage doors blend in with your house rather than sream "hey I'm a garage door" I love the curb appeal your house has, just love it.


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