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Paint and Wall Coverings

Wall coverings (fancy term for wallpaper) are not as popular today as they have been in the past. Many people are opting for faux painting finishes instead of wallpaper. In our new home, we have no wall coverings at all, only paint.

We chose to go with all paint., but including the trim colors, we have about 15 different paint colors.

My recommended paint brand for interior paint is Valspar American Tradition. It is sold through Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse. Now, I know that doesn't sound good, but Valspar is rated number one by Consumer Reports for its combination of toughness (ability to handle rubbing), hiding (ability to cover underlying color), fading, mildew, and fumes.

One great thing about Valspar American Tradition is that they have a great color selection, and all you have to do to find samples is go to a Lowes. We actually took home a sample of each color (several hundred).

Valspar is not an expensive paint, but it is more expensive than the cheapest contractor grade paint that most painters use. They will whine about it, but just keep looking till you find a quality painter who will use it without charging you an arm and a leg.

We chose to use eggshell as our standard finish in all rooms. It is tougher than a flat paint, just a little bit more shiny, and just a little bit more expensive. We used semi-gloss for our trim.

Our Paint Selections

Our paint selections are all from Valspar American Tradition and are as follows:

  • Default color for walls - 92-3B Hepplewhite cream eggshell
  • All ceilings except powder bath and media room - 92-3B Hepplewhite cream eggshell
  • Default trim color - 94-1C Filoli Gold Ecru satin
  • All outside trim - dark brown to match windows

Front Entry

  • Wall above stairs - 92-6A Golden Peach eggshell
  • All other walls - 91-12c Woodlawn marmalade eggshell
  • Doors, trim and stair skirt - 91-1B Balsam Beige satin

Dining room

  • Walls - 95-7C Mary Mac Red eggshell
  • Trim - 95-19C Raven Black satin
  • Pocket door on wet bar side - 91-12c Woodlawn marmalade satin
  • Pocket door on dining room side - 95-7C Mary Mac Red satin
  • Mantle - 95-19C Raven Black satin

Music room (formal living)

  • Walls - 92-6A Golden Peach eggshell
  • Trim - 95-19C Raven Black satin
  • Mantle - 92-6A Golden Peach satin and 95-19C Raven Black satin
  • Double doors on music room side - 92-6A Golden Peach satin
  • Double doors on Entry side - 91-1B Balsam Beige satin

Family Room

  • Cabinets and trim - stained with whitewash
  • Walls - 91-12c Woodlawn marmalade eggshell

Kitchen and breakfast room

  • Cabinets and trim - stained with whitewash
  • Walls - 91-12c Woodlawn marmalade eggshell

Pantry

  • Bookshelves - stained with whitewash
  • Door on both sides - stained with whitewash
  • Walls - Default walls eggshell
  • Trim and peg-board - default trim satin

Wet bar

  • Cabinets and trim - stained with whitewash
  • Walls - 91-12c Woodlawn marmalade eggshell

Mud room

  • Cabinets and trim - stained with whitewash
  • Walls default wall eggshell
  • Garage door Default trim satin

Laundry room

  • Cabinets - stained with whitewash
  • Walls default walls eggshell
  • Pocket door on both sides- default trim satin
  • Pella door on laundry side default trim satin
  • Pella door on outside - leave as is

Powder bath

  • Door on Mud Room side Default trim satin
  • Door on powder side - 91-27a Filoli Garden Pool satin
  • Pella door on inside - 91-27a Filoli Garden Pool satin
  • Pella door on outside - leave alone
  • Walls and ceiling- 91-27b Filoli Morning Glory eggshell
  • Cabinets and trim- 91-3c Chadwyck Yellow satin

Master suite

  • Bedroom and bath walls - 91-1C Willow Creek eggshell
  • Bedroom and bath doors and trim - 91-42A Swiss Coffee satin
  • Bath cabinetry stain with whitewash
  • Closet walls - Default wall color eggshell
  • Closet trim and cabinets - Default trim color satin

Loft

  • Bookshelves stained the same as study
  • Walls - 92-6A Golden Peach eggshell
  • Trim - 91-1B Balsam Beige satin

Study

  • Door both sides stained
  • Walls and ceiling stained
  • Trim - stained

Storage room

  • Walls - default wall eggshell
  • Trim - default trim satin
  • Doors on storage room side - Default trim satin

Media Room

  • Walls - 93-1A Rock Creek Park eggshell
  • Ceiling - 93-1A Rock Creek Park eggshell
  • Trim and cabinets - 91-4B Woodlawn Lewis Gold
  • Doors on media room side - 91-4B Woodlawn Lewis Gold
  • Doors on hallway side - default trim satin

Gameroom and hallways

  • Walls - Default wall eggshell
  • Trim and doors - Default trim satin

Kitchenette

  • Cabinets - stained with whitewash
  • Walls - default wall color eggshell
  • Trim - default trim satin

Guest bedroom and bathroom

  • Walls - Default walls eggshell
  • Doors and trim - default trim satin
  • Closet walls - default wall eggshell
  • Closet doors and trim - default trim satin
  • Bath walls - default wall eggshell
  • Bath doors, cabinets and trim - Default trim satin

Exercise room

  • Walls - default wall eggshell
  • Doors, cabinets and trim - Default trim satin

Art room and bathroom

  • Walls - default wall eggshell
  • Doors and trim - Default trim satin
  • Closet walls - default wall eggshell
  • Closet doors and trim - default trim satin
  • Bath walls - default wall eggshell
  • Bath doors and trim - Default trim satin
  • Bath cabinets - stained with whitewash

Storage closet

  • Walls - default wall eggshell
  • Doors and trim - default trim satin

Bedroom suite

  • Walls - 92-3A Golden Russett eggshell
  • Cabinets, doors and trim - 92-6B topaz blush satin

Balthazar Custom Homes

If you are looking for a great custom home builder in Dallas, check out John Balthazar of Balthazar Custom Homes. He is fair and knowledgeable. His quality is first-rate. He uses great sub-contractors.

You can contact John at 972-618-7653.

 

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Paint Samples

This picture shows you both the cabinets and trim stained with whitewash, plus the 91-12c Woodlawn marmalade eggshell on the walls. Like most wall colors, the marmalade looks totally different depending upon whether there is morning sun, evening sun, and room lighting.

  

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