Thursday, September 29, 2011

Silver Sage



Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware
Salt Lake Parade of Homes
See other posts on Silver Sage here and here.
*Also, see Behr’s version of Silver Sage here. Thanks, Stacey!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Mantel and My New Paint Color

Fall is here! This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year: beautiful weather,  gorgeous scenery, yummy recipes , heavenly smells, and the best wardrobe of the year.  Here is a small sneak peek of the paint color I chose for our family room and of course my FALL MANTEL! (I don’t have a real mantel, but this is what’s on top of the armoire in our family room.)


These are all items I picked up on clearance sales or I got from my Mom. I love pulling out my decorations and seeing what I have written on the bottom. It brings back lots of great memories.
The hurricane glasses on the side I made from items from the Dollar Store, completely inspired by this tutorial here.

And the paint color in the background is …. Manchester Tan! It was so hard to pick out one color I loved, I have seen so many gorgeous rooms and colors, but I went with Manchester Tan because I thought it would fit best with the furniture and accessories in my home. It’s a warm tan that sometimes looks a little more beigish, but it doesn’t have any weird undertones. It’s kind of hard to see the true color in this one small picture, but I’m amazed at the difference it made to our living room and I havn’t regretted my decision (I’ll show more pictures later). This has been the first time in my life where I have gotten one sample, put it on the wall, and went right back to buy enough to paint my room. It was a great feeling and I have to thank Becca from Adventures in Decorating for being my inspiration. She submitted this picture and I fell in love with the color.

I’m linking up to The Lettered Cottage for their Fall Mantel Party. There is some awesome inspiration there. Happy Fall Y’all! Smile I’ll be posting more paint colors tomorrow.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Cure for Old House Smell

We have been in our new house a little over a month now, we love it, but there’s one thing I don’t love about it … it smells… like an old, musty house. I have tried EVERYTHING to get  smell I get a whiff of everytime I walk in the door. Candles, Scentsy warmers, plug-ins, Febreze, oils, and even baking soda in several different rooms but nothing got rid of it. The smell would be masked, but it would be like Pumpkin Pie Spice … and old house smell.

So I painted. I found a color that I loved, which I will show you a little preview of tomorrow, and I was just about ready to go to Lowe’s and pick up some paint there because I had a coupon.  Well, I couldn’t find my coupon, so I remembered another coupon to True Value I had found in my last issue of Family Circle. And I realized that the store was only 1/2 mile from my house, even better.

I ran into True Value, found the best priced paint I could afford, used my coupon, bought it in a hurry because I had two tired kids with me, put the kids down to bed and got ready to paint. While I was opening the paint, I noticed it said something about “odor eliminator”. That caught my eye, so I read on and lo and behold, it said it eliminated odors, and even showed a cool little picture with the odor molecules disappearing. I felt some hope, it must have been my day.

*little picture*

Well, it’s been two weeks since we’ve painted and guess what?? I walk in the door now and I love that I don’t smell old house anymore.  So what is this miracle paint ? It’s called Dutch Boy Refresh. It’s been on the market for a couple of years, but I’ve never had this problem before and didn’t really pay much attention to it. I know you can buy it at Wal Mart for around $22 a gallon and True Value for $25. If you have a subscription to Family Circle, there is a coupon in there for $5 off a $25 purchase, so you can get a gallon of paint for around $20, which is a pretty good price!

So I’m not counting on it lasting forever, the smell will probably come back, or maybe it will be so gradual that I won’t notice it, or maybe it’s even all in my head, but for now I’m happy that it all worked out and I ended up choosing Dutch Boy because that’s not the first thing I notice anymore when I come in my front door is how bad my house smells. One less thing to stress about and cross of my list. Smile

Also, on a totally different note, I LOVE fall and it poured all weekend here so it got me in the mood to put up my fall decorations. I am linking up to Layla's fall mantel party tomorrow, where you can also see a preview of the color I chose. I love it and I hope to see you there! Have a great Monday.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Exterior Paint Colors: Timber Bark, Monterey Taupe, and Graffiti



Stucco and darker color: Timber Bark by James Hardie
Lighter color (gray): Monterey Taupe by James Hardie
Purple color: Graffiti by Kwal Howell

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stonington Gray

Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore
See another post on Stonington Gray here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nursery Stripes


This is the first wall I have seen with so many stripes and different colors. Isn’t it cool?! Amy @ MoMomma designed this and has a step by step tutorial on how to paint stripes like these.
The paint colors are below, all from Valspar.

Brown: Milk Chocolate
Green: Lafawnduh La Fonda Olive (Napoleon anyone?) Smile
Orange: Bear Claw
Blue: Evening Eclipse

Monday, September 19, 2011

Winner of the Sherwin Williams Gift Card and Reader's Choice Award

“M” is our winner and her favorite color is Shallow Tide by Valspar. If you could send me an e-mail with your contact information, I’ll get the gift card in the mail. Congratulations and thank you to all of you who participated and left such nice comments.

And I think the majority of people who left comments loved the color Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore. So I have put Palladian Blue on my sidebar as “Reader’s Choice”.  Congratulations to Evolution of Style!

I hope everyone has a great week, thanks again for everything. I love my readers!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Plumage by Martha Stewart
Don't forget to enter the giveaway here, it ends on Friday!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011




Graffiti by Kwal-Howell (purple)
The other wall color is Glutted, featured here on Monday.
Pictures taken while touring the Salt Lake Parade of Homes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sherwin Williams Giveaway to Celebrate 6 Months

It’s been 6 months since I launched this blog and it has been soo much fun compiling the paint colors on this site. To thank each one of you for visiting, leaving comments, sending me pictures of your homes and submitting paint colors, I am having a giveaway to celebrate our 6 month anniversary here at Favorite Paint Colors! Smile
I am going to send some lucky reader a $40 gift card to Sherwin Williams to help you get started on your next painting project.

There are some beautiful colors by Sherwin Williams which you can see here.
Before I explain the rules, I want to highlight some of my favorite rooms and colors that have been featured these past few months.

Stongington Gray by Benjamin Moore
Universal Khaki by Sherwin Williams
Bing Cherry by Porter Paint
Latte by Restoration Hardware
Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore
Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore
Pickling Spice by Pittsburgh Paint (Ace Hardware)
Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore
Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware

Now it's your turn. You have a chance to be entered 3 times in the giveaway. Here’s how:
1. Tell me YOUR favorite paint color that has been featured on this site, or one that has inspired you.
2. Become a follower or a subscriber, if you havn't already, and leave me a comment telling me that you did so.
3. Tell a friend (or friends) about Favorite Paint Colors and leave me a comment.
The giveaway will run through Friday evening and will be chosen next Monday through

Also, my sister is having a giveaway for Glidden Paint over at 320 Sycamore. Go check her out and get some great paint tips.

Thanks again everyone, I truly appreciate my readers!

Monday, September 12, 2011


I wanted to show you another paint color that I saw while touring the Salt Lake Parade of Homes, called “Glutted”. It was a great neutral beige color that the decorator accented with a deep purple, which I’ll show you tomorrow. I’m not much of a purple person, but I really liked it.
Also, come back tomorrow because I’m having a GIVEAWAY! Something to help you get started on your next project  -  I’m excited. I hope you have a great Monday!DSC_0662


Glutted by Kwal-Howell

Friday, September 9, 2011


by Sherwin Williams (Windows)
Mod Vintage Life (Thanks, Nita!)
 HGTV has some great tips on painting the outside of your home. I found it at The Inspired Room where Melissa shared some great tips on getting your yard ready for fall. Go check it out and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Real Life “Up” House: Paint Colors

A few weeks ago when I was visiting Utah I was able to go to the Salt Lake Parade of Homes with my sis-in-laws and Mom. We had a great time and saw some beautiful houses (even barged in on a dinner party, thinking it was a Parade of Homes – funny story, anyone else ever done that or are we the only ones??) but my favorite part of the tour was visiting the “Up” house. It was a re-make of the home used in the Disney movie “Up” and it was adorable!
We got there later in the evening, I wish we would have been there earlier so I could have gotten some better pictures, but I was able to snag the paint colors and I’m going to share them with you.
Isn’t it cute? I love the white picket fence and you know what, I even love the paint colors. They are fun and they put a smile on my face. Wouldn’t this be every kids dream house?
Below I listed the paint colors – all from Kwal.
1. Centered CL1793M
2. Ice Wine CL2352W
3. Taffeta CL 2463W
4. Nolan CL 1532W
5. Sedum CL1973D
We were there on one of the last nights of the tour, and it was busy, with lots of people.
I loved all of the balloons.


The mailbox was adorable.
Carl and Russell even greeted us on the steps.
Only a few of the pictures I took turned out, there were so many people and the lighting wasn’t that great, but here is the sweet nursery Ellie was seen painting in the movie.
Paint color: Banana Cream by Sherwin Williams (makes me want to lick the walls!)
Carl and Ellie’s room.
This was one of the main bathrooms upstairs.DSC_0766
I especially love the kitchen! Don’t you love those bright blue appliances?
The main paint color that was used throughout the house was Kilim Beige by Sherwin Williams.

Another adorable room.
Paint color: Possibly Pink by Sherwin Williams
Vast Sky by Sherwin Williams
Very fitting name, don’t you think?
What a great movie – they even had it playing downstairs in the theater room.
If you want more information on the “Up” house, visit Bangerter Homes. Apparently it’s selling for $399,000 and when we were there I heard there were already 4 offers. You can have the same home built for $299,000, without the “Up” charm.
Julia at Hooked On Houses also did a post here.
I hope you have a memorable and safe Labor Day weekend!