The Perfect White Paint
If you’ve ever painted anything white, you know just how troublesome it can be to select the perfect shade. It can read too creamy, or perhaps to sterile and cold. You can’t just go into a paint store and say, “I’d like a can of white paint!” Well, technically, you can do that, but chances are you’ll bring it home and be dismayed by how that white looks in your home in certain light. Recently, I was on a quest for the perfect shade of White for Wilder’s room. I went to my local Sherwin Williams store and brought home every single white swatch they had so that I could test them out by holding them up on every wall and checking them out at different times of day, and also holding them against Wilder’s tree wallpaper which had a white background. After much deliberation, going back and forth between whites several times, I finally made my choice and I think I’ve found the perfect white paint, Pure White by Sherwin Williams. Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for this post. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and no other compensation was provided.
I know you’re probably feeling a little un-wowed (it’s a word…) by this since I just shared this room with you a couple of weeks ago when it received its dramatic wallpaper. Let me tell you though, having the right white paint on the wall makes all the difference. To refresh your memory, here’s the space with the gray left behind by previous owner:
And here’s that same angle with Pure White on the walls:
Pure white is exactly what its name calls it to be… a very pure white that doesn’t read too warm or too cold. If Goldilocks was painting walls at the Three Little Bears’ house, she’d be calling this white just right.
Last weekend white I was away, I enlisted Chris to paint this room for me. We do a lot of our painting when Wilder naps which makes painting his room a bit of a challenge. With him out of the house, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity for Chris to knock it out. I have a funny little story to tell you about that towards the end of this post, too…
Thanks to Chris, this room looks so much fresher and less drab, and the white really lets the curtains and other elements in Wilder’s room stand out.
The white walls also help mask those not so pretty closet doors. I would love to one day replace the louvered closets in this house, but those dreams will have to wait. Not that I am dreaming of closets, but you get what I mean.
On the wall with the changing table, now that the wall and vintage sideboard are white, the rainbow ordered book ledges pop with color.
Now for that funny little anecdote… when I left on Thursday, Chris and I went over everything he needed to do in Wilder’s room. I specifically said to him, “If you have any trouble with the cutting in, just leave it for me and I can get it done on Sunday.” We tend to work as partners in painting, me cutting in and Chris rolling. That’s what works for us, so I was nervous to hand over my cutting in duty. I returned home Saturday to see paint on my wallpaper. I said to Chris, “I told you that if you had trouble with the cutting in just to leave it to me!” He responded with, “I didn’t think I was having any trouble.” Friends, here are a couple photos of the wall edges meet the wallpaper. You tell me if you think he had any trouble.
Even though I was annoyed, I honestly couldn’t help but laugh. Truthfully, it’s not the end of the world and most people won’t notice in just looking at the room, but oooooooh how I wish he’d just left it for me!
Anyhow, moving forward, I will maintain my role as cutter inner. 😉 The good news is Wilder doesn’t seem to notice or care.
He’s too busy playing with his toys and being loved by all of us. As soon as he’s old enough, we’ll be digging out Sawyer’s old Thomas the tank engines and tracks, but for now he and Sawyer have fun playing with his little wooden stacking train.
Tell me, have you found the perfect white paint for your walls? This weekend I plan to use pure white in our hallway as well. As in Wilder’s room and much of the house, drab gray paint was used in the hallway and I can’t wait to brighten it up. I have a feeling this house will be getting lots of use from Pure White!