Six of the Best White Paint Colors

Six of the Best White Paint Colors

Six of the best white paint colors

I never thought I would write a post about white paint.

Or six of the best white paint colors I’ve found.

Or that SW Alabaster is my new favorite paint color.

Seriously.

But then again….I never thought that I would move to the middle of the country.

Or drive a John Deere.

Or watch a tortoise cross my back yard.

Or wear colored jeans.

Or stop using Aqua Net hairspray.

 

Life’s funny like that.

SW-Alabaster

I wasn’t planning on posting about the gatehouse until I had a room finished.

You know.

So I could post pictures and be all like….can you believe I already have a room finished?

And you would be all like….I can’t even believe it….you are so amazing.

(I love it when you tell me I’m amazing).

But then I changed my mind…..because you would have totally missed…..

Gatehouse-Office

….the surprise that we got when we took down the large mirrors.

Yikes.

My husband wanted to leave the mirrors.

I should have listened.

But I have the best idea for these walls…..that did not in any way involve over-sized mirrors.

Gatehouse-Dining -Room

And when he took the mirrors down and he saw this…..

….he didn’t say anything.

He just looked at me.

He looked at me with a look that said…..I told you taking down the mirrors was not a great idea and the room looked fine with those mirrors and now we have holes in the wall and I’ve got to patch and mud and let it dry and then repaint……and what was wrong with those mirrors anyway?

I wasn’t sure what to do next.

This was a delicate situation.

So I gulped.

And sheepishly smiled at him at first.

And then I winked and grinned.

And batted my eyelashes…..with a look that told him he was the most amazing husband in the entire world.

The-Gatehouse-Painting

And then I picked up a paint brush and painted this.

*sigh*

Life is good in the country with an understanding husband…..

…..and a newly mudded and painted mirrorless wall. :)

PS  The whole gatehouse has now been painted SW Alabaster.

It is the BEST white EVER!

PPS  I ordered two of these…..

zig zag chair

and one of these…..

pink and black rug

So much better than mirrors any day! :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.



Comments

  1. The surprises and challenges of renovations! LOL! Sounds like you are a real pro at diffusing tension though! After seeing what you have ordered, I am even more excited to see what you are going to do in the gatehouse! Have fun!

  2. YOU are amazing;-)
    I love white paint! And those chairs are gorgeous!

  3. I already love the gatehouse! I find myself secretly hoping you’ll write about it everyday. My favorite white is Swiss Coffee from Home Depot’s Behr line. It’s the perfect milky white. And I think grinning and loving on a guy is always the best answer when one feels a bit sheepish. Well done.
    Marian

  4. I hate THOSE mirrors….. We have THOSE mirrors in both bathrooms. I want to take them down sooooooo bad! What has held me back, is I know what lurks behind them…. THAT mess…. I would like to start a petition to builders across the world, STOP putting up THOSE mirrors. How about they don’t put up any mirrors and we can all do it ourselves :) Like beautiful antique mirrors that do not swallow the entire room. So you are a brave woman and you have already done that house a HUGE favor!

    And now I sound like a crazy person! LOL

  5. Aahh, KariAnne! The classic southern girl’s weapons put to excellent use! Grins, smiles, batting eyelashes, and painting love notes on the wall! You are not only amazing at decorating and writing and mothering, but you know your way around that “beyond amazing” guy of yours!

    And the gatehouse….I SO want to come and play there, already! How about…..when it’s all finished, you have a sleepover for your most adoring fans…..all six gajillion of us! Huh? Perfect, right? We can sip sweet tea sitting in those beautiful chairs, and practice batting our eyelashes, and just giggle into the night! What do ya think?

    So, I’ll go start packing my best jammies!

    Love ya!

    Lynn in FL

  6. Can’t wait to see your ‘reveals’!! Love the chairs!!

    p.s. you really are amazing! :)

    Ang

  7. Hi Karianne,

    It’s true, you’re amazing! Honestly! :) I LOVE SW Dover White! We painted (well actually our contractor painted) our kitchen cabinets Dover White last spring, and I couldn’t be happier with them. It is exactly the color I pictured for our kitchen, and I know some other people who’ve used it as a wall color or trim color. It think it’s really versatile. This is a good post and I’m glad you shared these white paint colors with us.

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the Gate House! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs,

    Denise

  8. I love a DIYer honey!! And I thought batting my eyes and winking was just MY little secret tactic! ;) D and K are our initials too…..see, I knew we had a lot in common! ~Kim

  9. A MA ZING!

  10. Stacey Stuwe :

    Why must you tease us so?! Can’t wait, keep the teasers coming!!

  11. I LOVE SW paints! We have rental properties and it’s the only thing we use…great quality! My new fav is Greek Villa, soft creamy white, but not too yellow…isn’t it amazing how many shades of white there are? Can’t wait to see your progress on the Gatehouse, thanks for sharing with us!

  12. Amazing!!!

    (I didn’t want to disappoint you. And, please note three !!!)

    Of course those nasty mirrors had to go. One was in all four of our bathrooms, but I happily say they are gone now.

  13. Hi Sweetie~ ~ Now I am really excited to see what you are going to do. Wonderful that it involves PINK. Should be lush. My fav paint is Behr Cottage White. I love a bit of creamy yellow with my whites.

  14. I’m still amazed you drive a John Deere! There are always surprises when you remodel…anxious to see more! ;)

  15. I love a soft creamy white. Reminds me of indulgent coffee cream, or whipped cream, yum! Can’t wait to see the finished room with zebra chairs and that wow rug. Runway worthy, you go girl! ; )

  16. Cheryl in Wisconsin :

    My ceilings are SW Pearly White in flat, my trimwork is the same in satin. I am jealous because I don’t drive a John Deere. Love that rug!

  17. P.S. can you please pin the picture of your white paint chips so I can pin it to one of my boards? I’m a dork and can’t figure out the pin it button for my iPad…… Thanks!

  18. Well Karianne, I know from all your fantastic stories that your husband is a gem… and this proves it! He is a keeper and so are you! Can’t wait to see what you do with that adorable gatehouse… I know it will be amazing!
    As for the mirrors… I am with you, they had to go!

  19. LOVE the chairs and the rug! I can’t wait to see the progress. I think you have a good husband. Mine would have never taken the mirrors down! LOL!

  20. Smart girl!
    We’ve got to charm them.
    They know they love to make us smile anyway, they just pretend we are a pain in the…
    hahaha

    Bet you are having the time of your life with this blank canvas!!!!

  21. Don’t you just love surprises :-)

  22. I know that look well! I brought in a chippy green hoosier cabinet years ago. I was soooo excited. My husband looked at me when we showed up at the home to pick it up and gave me that look followed by “You are going to strip this and refinish it right?” What!!!? Of course not..I love it just like it is. It has character! Needless to say I kept peeking over and he was still giving me the look all the way home and while I loaded it with antique dishes. I got the most compliments on that piece of chippy “piece of junk.” Eventually he gave in to the fact that I had a vision and he was the SMART, HANDSOME, SKILLFULL. STRONG, CAPABLE ENGINEER who brought it all to life. We make a great team. Of coure the hair flipping, eyelashes and Lee Press on Nails help with the above ;)

  23. Hi,

    I get kinda weird when picking out a white. Can you tell me a bit about each white and why you love it so. It is hard enough telling whites apart in person…I cannot make it out on-line. I am looking for a basic white to paint furniture. Just white…creamy and white. Help!!! (Thank you so very much!)

  24. love your new chairs – can’t wait to see what’s next!

  25. You have and tell the best stories. I can just imagine the smile and the wink, I’ve had to use that a few times too. I do love that little chandelier are you going to use that? Love the alabaster white too!!

    Cynthia

  26. You are blessed to have a very sweet and understanding husband, be sure to tell him he is amazing too! I am totally in love with your chairs, can’t wait to see what you do with all of it! ~Diane

  27. Karianne, I can’t believe it…you are so amazing! Because the world needs a Karianne to make it complete and you are the only one who can be her. :-) husbands can just be so great, can’t they? Glad you are in love…makes life so much more enjoyable.

  28. You are truly amazing! Love your blog. Iisn’t the Cashmere paint the best? And white rooms are even better.

  29. Oh, the fun and excitement of home renovations and updates. Been there and done some of that.

    You just NEVER KNOW what you’re going to find behind mirrors (or wallpaper).

    A bunch of years ago, my wife and I fell in love with Martha Stewart’s brand of paint. I’m not sure who REALLY made it, but it was good. Really good.

    But now: it’s Sherwin Williams or bust! It’s as thick as pudding and goes on beautifully. The hard part is choosing the color. OMG. There are way too many of them.

    Especially white ones. : – )

    And yes, you are amazing.

    Hope you and your family have a great Memorial Day weekend. I pray it warms up around here. Forty-eight degrees on May 23rd is just not right.

    Global-warming? Not so much.

  30. I love that your husband didn’t say anything when he took the mirrors down. Bless his gentle heart!
    Also love the D<3K on the wall.
    Our "monogram" is b&k4ever.
    blessings on your day!

  31. Teaser post!!!
    I am also a fan of SW Antique white :-) Everything looks fantastic against it.
    Can’t wait for another peek.
    Happy Thursday .
    Hugs, Gee

  32. SW rocks my world too KariAnne! Alabaster looks lovely! We are currently painting our oldest son’s room Eider white – hallway is Mindful Grey…hope it turns out really well – we are only only on the priming step! The walls were bright red – so that’s going to be fun to cover! LOL! Can’t wait to see your finished space!

  33. After 45 years I have done ALOT os smiling, and grinning and eye lash batting:):) I KNEW the gatehouse would be fabulous and what you have shown so far, I was right:):) XO, Pinky

  34. So it’s not exactly about paint drying, but I told you could write about paint and it would still be amazing and funny.

  35. I’m in LOVE with those chairs! I’m am looking forward to seeing the renovation reveal throughout the process. I too love SW paint. That is what we are using on our house renovation. We used the Pure White for our trim.

    I’m in the process of painting a pair of bookcases in our family room and I used a Martha Stewart color Heavy Cream. I LOVE the color. It is so rich looking. I will be posting some pictures this weekend of the project.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  36. Could you pretty please write a post about the eyelash blinking and smiling thing, because when I showed hubby the plans for the boys room we are tackling next week, he did not look so happy about it. So I think I need YOUR technique. Then maybe I can have a Carriage House to paint Alabaster White too. :-D
    Sure wish I lived closer so I could come “play” with you in your new “playhouse.” We could paint, eat cupcakes, paint our toenails, paint some more walls, laugh…… sigh. xxoo

  37. i love your chair choices so cute :) you have such good taste.

  38. Awesome one,
    I need to use your tactics because I’ve been getting more than my share of those looks lately! Those chairs look amazing and so does that rug!

  39. What? White? Not a shade of grey …? And of course those mirrors must go!

    :) Linda

  40. You were right….but don’t tell your husband……so much better without the mirrors…….we love to see the progress. It makes us appreciate it so much more when it’s finished.

  41. As usual when I am last to comment someone steals my smart azz line. Soooo instead I will ask you this burning question; what is it about the alabaster white that you like?

    Bliss

  42. SW Creme is a beautiful white too. Slightly off-white.

  43. Oh Karianne, you are my hero! Unknowingly you have come to my rescue once again…. you see my first born moves out in 12 days. Yes, out all on his own… well kinda on his own… he’ll have his uncle looking out for him. His Uncle SAm… as he heads off to Army basic training. It will probably be either December or January before we see him again…. and that will only be for a visit. All that to say we will be painting his room come the first week of June… and I’ve been looking for the perfect white! Thank you dear friend!! (so sorry i’ve been so quiet recently… so much going on)

  44. The rug is divine!!!! As in….divine!! Way better then a zebra rug :)

  45. Did you forget Simply White…BM . Love the chair !

  46. You have such great taste and style… I am a little jealous! And I love how you can just smile and bat your lashes at your wonderful husband and all is right with the world…. PS love the chandy in the pic!

  47. I grew up the life you are living but 100% mid century modern. My mom has an eye for decor.
    I now live in village limits with a 110 year old home on a lake with homes all around.
    I truly don’t mean any disrespect cuz I love your blogs, but white white white is so blah. Not practical either (empty nesters with 4 grown kids and 3 dogs). I’ve heard that you can add color with accessories. True, but sill oh so boring. So I am very un-hip in my traditional home filled with color and beauty. I was hoping you’d step out of your box a bit and decorate your carriage house with color. Loved the chair and rug. Good start. Love your blog, but it should be renamed shabby to white chic! Meant with love. <3

  48. What a surprise under those mirrors! Thanks for sharing some white paints. I’m actually trying to find the perfect shade for our new home. We have lovely dark wood work which I would love to pop against white walls. x

  49. A good white can make all the difference! I can’t wait to see those chairs and that rug! Life to the full! Melissa

  50. Just catching up from vacation, KariAnne! Love those whites and SW’s paints, especially the Emerald line – truly one coat – AMAZING stuff!! May I ask what you love about Alabaster over other whites you’ve seen or used? I CANNOT WAIT to see the gatehouse reveal :)

    • Alabaster is a warm white – it has red undertones and looks pretty regardless of when the sunlight changes throughout the day. I say give it a try, you may really like that warm color. I was a property manager and we used Alabaster and Dove White as our two whites…..
      Hope this helps.

      Love this Blog.

  51. Kari- Just googled best white paint colors” and you were #4, yay! Can’t believe I missed this post the first time around, pinning and loving it now.

    Jessica

  52. I really like the dress but know you would appearance fab in both! I cannot believe every thing in the store will likely be 1/2 off! WOW, wish I lived closer because I like The Limited.

  53. I primarily use BM colors and have always used White Dove for trim/baseboards. I am working with SW colors for on a house and wondering what is a good warm white for trim/baseboards {cabinets and doors are stained knotty alder). Is SW Dover White a good one {not too white, but not yellowy)?

    Thank you!

  54. Good taste in wall colors. I too chose Sherwin Williams Alabaster White. It is the most beautiful white with such a rich, warm glow. I know it will look fabulous with antiques.

  55. Good web site you have here.. It’s hard to find quality
    writing like yours these days. I seriously appreciate individuals like you!
    Take care!!

Leave a Comment

*