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Our Final Before and After Home Tour

Hey friends! I am finally getting around to posting the before and after pictures of our home that we are soon going to be moving out of. There are definitely mixed feelings, I have learned to LOVE living here, we have amazing neighbors, the location can’t be beat, and the memories we have made here are priceless. I knew when we bought this home though that we wouldn’t be here forever. I’m grateful we had the opportunity to buy it and see the vision of what it could become. Now that we have made it ours and transformed it into what we wanted it to be, we are moving on.

I wanted to show you the final before and afters. This has been one of my favorite posts to put together, mostly for myself. It has been so fun to look back on where we started and to look at the befores and remember the details of each project. The late nights, paint spills, messes, working around 3, sometimes 4 kids, popcorn ceilings, wallpaper, 4 layers of flooring, painting…everything, more messes, and sore muscles. Lots and lots of work, but I feel so grateful for this house we were able to call our home for the past 3 years.


bathroom after

bathroom after

Have a beautiful day!

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Our Laundry Room Before and After

A couple of weeks ago I posted on my Instagram account that we had finally finished our laundry room and that yes, our house was up for sale. That’s the way it always seems to work. You get everything just the way you want and then you move on to something else, right?  So when completing this room, I knew this wasn’t going to be our forever laundry room. That changed some of my plans and we definitely kept things much simpler, but this became one of my favorite projects for that reason.

Here are a couple of before pictures…

This was when we first bought the house…

Here is another picture taken a few months ago. Eek.


And tada! Here it is now…

We added a utility sink, painted the walls, put in new flooring and added some cute baskets and wall decorations, but overall it was a pretty simple project that could definitely be done in a weekend.
Our wall color is Sea Salt and the trim and doors are Alabaster, both by Sherwin-Williams. This room was kind of tricky to photograph and find a great paint color because it has no natural light, but Sea Salt brightened the room right up and was a perfect choice for such a dark room.

One of my favorite laundry quotes…

We found this laminate flooring at Lowe’s. It was a great price and I really love the color. It was super easy to install, has a good texture, and it also hides a lot of dirt. So far I have really loved it.

A couple of cute cleaning quotes from Target’s Dollar Spot with handmade hooks I made a couple of years ago and had laying around. We were originally going to put cabinets up and a clothes rod to hang laundry on, but I really tried to use things we had on hand.

laundry room after

It’s kind of crazy that this is it…we are done with renovations in our home. It feels so nice to be finished with projects here. I will have a complete before and after house tour coming up soon, along with a complete list of paint colors. Thank you so much for sticking with me through this all and for stopping by Favorite Paint Colors. I am truly grateful for you. I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Our Kitchen Before and After

Good day! We have been in our house for 3 years this month and our kitchen has been done for 2 years, and I have never posted it. Sooo, today I am finally showing you our kitchen with one of my favorite paint colors.

Here are some before and after photos.

We have been so happy with our painted cabinets! The paint we decided to use is very durable, there is only one area that I have had to light touch ups and it’s a high traffic area. I will show you tomorrow how I do that and also the paint we used on our cabinets.

Our wall paint color is one of my favorites. It’s called Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore. It is a perfect blue/gray with a hint of green at different times of day. If you are looking for a great Farmhouse neutral that has a touch of color, this is a great choice.

Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore

Here is Vapor Trails in our dining room, which is right off our kitchen.

We are slowly getting our house to where we want it to be. Our laundry room is our last room to complete, and I am just adding some finishing touches (which sometimes take the longest). I am hoping to have a whole house tour, complete with paint colors and before and after shots soon. Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a beautiful last day of January.

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Simple Bathroom Makeover In 5 Easy Steps

Today I want to show you our upstairs bathroom and our very simple makeover that anyone could do in a weekend. This has been on our to-do list for some time but seriously the hardest part of a project is just starting it. Once we did, it went rather quickly.  I am sharing sources and 5 easy steps to makeover your bathroom down below. First here are some before and afters…


bathroom makeover

So how did we do it?

  1. Paint the cabinets. We decided to keep our vanity, kind of a long story but we found a great vanity top to go with it for a killer price and the vanity itself was in great condition, just needed a little makeover. So I looked at my Benjamin Moore paint deck, called up my paint store, gave them the paint name I decided on and crossed my fingers that I loved it. Easiest paint decision ever. And guess what? It was exactly what I was looking for. The paint color I decided on to paint the vanity was Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore. It’s a beautiful light blue that really doesn’t look gray at all. I have loved it.

Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore

Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore (Vanity paint color)

We also painted the cabinets to our cupboards white. I had some Alabaster (my favorite white) paint left over from another project so I used that. Goodbye oak! It’s amazing what a little paint can do.

Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams

Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams

2. Paint the walls. In a small space, painting the walls can be easy peasy. It took a couple of hours and the transformation was instant. We went with a great neutral Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore.
edgecomb gray by Benjamin Moore

3. New flooring.

We just laid this vinyl flooring from Home Depot right on top of our old linoleum. My husband is the one that put it down and it was the easiest flooring install we have done in our home (he told me) :). It took only a couple of hours and is soo much better then the yellow and green linoleum we previously had.

4. New Vanity top – we debated for a long time whether or not to go with a whole new vanity and top. We were close to buying one online but when we were strolling around Home Depot one night we found a vanity top that was on clearance that was a perfect fit to our existing one, so we decided to tear our old countertop off and paint the vanity. It looked like a brand new 60 inch vanity for $140. (Vanity top $99 + $40 paint)

Home Depot

5. Accessories – we tore out our shower door, added a new curtain, put some shelving up and added some hardware for towels.

shower curtain


So if you have a small bathroom/space that needs an update, I hope this can inspire you that it doesn’t need to be costly or time consuming to transform your space. Sometimes the simpler the better.


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Our Girls Bathroom Before and After + Mood Board

Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided.

A few weeks ago I showed you our bathroom before pictures and some of the paint colors I chose for our bathroom remodel. We are DONE and I am ready to show you the reveal! It’s a night and day difference and I love being able to check a project like this off of our list. Another look at the befores…

bathroom before

bathroom before2

bathroom closet before

And the AFTER…

Girls bathroom after - Favorite Paint Colors

Girls bathroom after - Favorite Paint ColorsFramed mirror and vanity paint color - Favorite Paint Colors

Framed mirror paint color

To add a pop of color and finish off the mirror we framed it and painted it a very similar match to the shower curtain, rug, and towel – it’s called Sweet as a Peach by Sherwin-Williams. I love it and it turned out to be the perfect color. The lighting was really tricky to grab a good picture, but it looks a million times better than the original.

Girls bathroom shelving above toilet

The shower was the most time intensive part. My husband was up a few nights until 2 in the morning trying to finish it, we had family coming in and wanted to get it done before they arrived. It took A LOT longerthan we anticipated but I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Bathroom shower tileBathroom shower tileBathroom floor tile

And for our closet we removed all of the old shelving, painted it the same color as the walls, grabbed some leftover boards from our built-ins and made shelves. I love having an organized closet and know where everything is.

Bathroom closet organization

Here is a mood board I completed before we started the bathroom. It’s a great way to see how your choices will coordinate. You can see the sources below.

Girls bathroom mood board - Favorite Paint Colors

1. Bathroom Rug – Target

2. Subway Tile for shower – Lowe’s

3.  Floor tile – Lowe’s

4. Shower floor tile – Lowe’s

5. Wall paint color: Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams (Semi-gloss in Emerald)

6. Vanity paint color: Grizzle Gray by Sherwin-Williams (Semi-Gloss in Pro-Classic – the only paint I would use on cabinets or furniture. It is VERY durable)

7. Bathroom mirror frame: Sweet as a Peach by Sherwin-Williams (HGTV collection)

8. Shower curtain – Target Threshold

And for our countertops … We had a heck of time deciding what to do with them. I really wanted to get a premade quartz countertop from Lowe’s, but the sink hole was right in the middle and because of the way our vanity was set up we needed it on the right. We thought about getting a new vanity,  but for the price we wanted to pay, most of them were very cheaply made and I didn’t love their setup. Ours was solid wood and I liked the drawers it had so we decided to just paint it – I really love the results.

We also looked at custom ordering a quartz countertop, that ended up costing close to $800, I looked at granite slabs, that was right around there as well, and one day I was strolling through the kitchen area in Lowe’s and ran into their laminate cuts – this one was $68 and the dimensions were perfect. Long story short, we went with laminate and it looks great. One of my friends thought it was granite!


My husband had to cut the backsplash off because it ended up being a little deeper than we wanted, and we found out our walls are not square, so it left a gap in between the backsplash and the wall. So we bought the tile and did the backsplash ourselves.

We had a few hiccups along the way, projects never go the way you want them to, but oh it feels good to have it finished.

One more look at the before and after…

Girls bathroom before and after - Favorite Paint Colors

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment. Have a great weekend!!

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Our Built-Ins {before and after}

I mentioned a few months back that one of the next projects on our list was to install built-ins on each side of the fireplace. Well they are completed, I love them and wanted to share them with you today.

A look back on where we started…

living room before


A quick summary of how Jason built these:

*He used MDF board from Lowe’s for the frame

*The finishing surfaces are all pine wood

*For the shelving he installed wood supports and screwed shelving on top of that, then used finished hardwood to make a trim around the shelves to hide any imperfections.

*Once the frame was built and painted, we bought cabinets and door faces from here, and then Jason built the drawers and just added the front.

*We painted the built-ins Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams (2016 Color of the Year) That is our go to color for doors, trim and cabinets. Love it.


I added a few simple Easter decorations, books, and pictures. Super simple.

Sunday will come

I printed one of my favorite quotes out and put it in an 8×10 frame I got from TJ Maxx. It’s from Joseph B. Wirthlin and is always one I think of on this day – We all have our Fridays. Here is a beautiful video that has excerpts from this talk.


And that’s a wrap! I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend, thanks for stopping by!

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Our Bathroom Paint Picks {with before photos}

We finally got around to making over our downstairs bathroom. It was in terrible shape.

bathroom before

The floors were concrete that had been painted once, and everything was yellow and brown. I tried to make it look better temporarily by adding some cute towels and a shower curtain, but it really didn’t do a whole lot. This was in need of a whole lot of work.

bathroom before2bathroom closet beforeshower before

The shower was the worst. Brown linoleum on the walls, a dingy old basin on the bottom, and we found out that someone had drilled a peephole in one of the walls that lead to the laundry room!! EEK! I’m not sure why else it would be there?? So creepy and weird.

I looked through a bunch of paint swatches for the wall and vanity, and decided on Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams. I started to paint it on the walls, I didn’t even test it and it looked really purple to me. Remember we had really yellow walls. So I went back to the paint store and bought some more samples of colors that I liked. Here they are:

testing bathroom paint colors

1: Gossamer Veil by Sherwin-Williams (really close to Repose Gray, but more tan than gray)

2: Silverpointe by Sherwin-Williams (I liked this color, but too blue for me)

3: Silver Strand by Sherwin-Williams: More blue than Silverpointe

4: Repose Gray – it didn’t look purple at all on this poster board. It was a warm gray and didn’t seem to have any weird undertones on here. So I decided to go with it again and just paint the whole room, seeing if taking away the yellow would get rid of the purple. It did, and I love it on the walls. I will show you pics of the finished bathroom soon. Smile

5. These are colors I was sampling for the vanity. This one was Mediterranean by SW. I love the color, but it was a little too bright for me.

6. Grizzle Gray was my first choice. It’s so hard to know what a paint color is going to look like, especially in a room without natural light. It’s amazing how much it changed once I put it on the vanity, but I actually liked it a lot better than what it looks like on the posterboard. Here it almost looks black, but on the vanity it was a dark gray with a hint of navy in it.

7. Perpetual Gray was another consideration, but it was too light.

The winners are Repose Gray and Grizzle Gray!

repose gray sherwin-williamsgrizzle gray

I also decided to do an accent color in “Sweet as a Peach” by the HGTV collection line from Sherwin-Williams. More on that later. Smile

sweet as a peach hgtv paint color

Have a great weekend!

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Awesome Paint Prep Products from Trimaco

Happy Friday! I hope you are having a wonderful December so far and enjoy this holiday season. Today I wanted to share with you a few products I received from Trimaco that have helped some of my painting projects go more smoothly.

Our kitchen ceiling was in major need of painting. It  definitely didn’t look white and it had little stains all over. I should have done it before we got our flooring and countertops installed, but we had other projects happening at the time and I didn’t get around to it. Trimaco sent me some awesome products to help keep the paint splatters off the countertops, floors and table, which helped out a ton and were super easy to use.


  1. The first product that I used were these Wonder Rags. I kept one with me while I was on the ladder cutting in and anytime there was a drip, I had it right there with me to wipe away, and they worked great! They didn’t leave any smears, the paint absorbed quickly into the rag, and I was able to use one rag for the whole kitchen – one definitely goes a long way.

Trimaco Wonder Rag - great for painting

Trimaco Wonder Rag

2. This is probably my favorite product I have used from Trimaco. It’s a Stay Put Surface Protector pad, and it does exactly that. It comes in a big roll like the one shown below, and the back side sticks to your surface. It worked great in my kitchen, I put it along the trim and just moved it wherever I was painting and once it was in place it didn’t move until I tore it back up again. I also used it on our carpet as I have been painting some cabinets for our built-ins and loved how it stayed in place and protected the carpet there as well.

Trimaco stay put surface protector3. This is perfect for anyone painting kitchens because you can cover up cabinets and counter tops really easily. It has painters tape on it and then a plastic sheet underneath, so I taped it to my walls and then let the plastic drape over my counters and cabinets. It worked perfectly. 🙂

Trimaco Tape and Drape

Trimaco Tape and Drape

4. And then there is the Butyl Dropcloth. This thing is the bomb. It’s leakproof, heavy duty and durable, and it stays put on your surface and doesn’t slide. I used to put down plastic to protect my surfaces while painting, but I always ended up getting paint where I shouldn’t have because it would bunch up, stick to my feet, or slide all over the place. Or if I was outside a little breeze would start and would blow the plastic onto whatever I was painting. With this dropcloth, you don’t get any of that. We have already used it for multiple projects in the kitchen, dining room and living room. It’s a good investment because it will last you a long time.

Trimaco Eliminator Dropcloth

Trimaco Eliminator Dropcloth

Here is a picture of our kitchen all ready prepped and ready to be painted. The clean up was a breeze and I loved the peace of mind I had knowing that if there were drips that my furniture and floors would be protected. Thank you Trimaco for making my paint job a whole lot easier!

Kitchen paint prep products Kitchen paint prep - Trimaco products

If you are interested in any of these Trimaco products, there are Amazon links below the product or you can visit their website here. Trimaco products are also sold at Sherwin-Williams, Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware.

I am getting so close to showing you our final kitchen reveal. The ceiling made a huge difference in brightening up the room, along with the new light fixtures we installed. It’s almost there! Thanks for sticking with me through this, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Disclosure: I received these products from Trimaco as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided. Affiliate links are used in this post.


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Living Room Progress + a Giveaway!

DIYing can be a painfully slow process at times and sometimes it’s easy to forget where you began. I love looking at before pictures of our house because it’s a good reminder of where we started and how far we have come. Today I wanted to share with you our living room progress. It’s not completely finished, we still have more projects to do, but it’s come a long way.

Here is the before:

living room before

living room before

And the AFTER!

living room afterliving room after

One of the biggest projects in this room was removing the popcorn ceiling. It has made a world of difference in updating our home and in brightening the room up. We painted the walls Accessible Beige by Sherwin-Williams and the fireplace and paneling behind it White Dove by Benjamin Moore. We also got new carpet and now it feels like a completely different room than it was a year ago.

The next project on our list is to add built-ins to each side of the fireplace. The bookshelves are temporary and will hopefully be gone within the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait until they are done!

To celebrate our progress so far, I am teaming up with CanvasPop to give one lucky winner a 16×20 framed photo paper print! I received mine last week and love how it looks in our living room. The best part? I took this picture with my phone at my brother-in-laws wedding and the resolution looks amazing even after being blown up. Each image is printed on premium fine arts paper which results in a crisp, high quality and detailed image print.  You also have the choice of matting your print with a 2.5” white mat and choosing a frame in white, black or espresso – over a $200 value!

Canvas Pop - Favorite Paint Colors

To win one of these beautiful prints, click on the image below and enter your email. It’s super easy and fast.


If you would like to order a canvas or print, CanvasPop is offering a 35% discount for Favorite Paint Colors readers using the code FAVPAINT35. Expires November 30, 2015. Think Christmas gifts? They ship to the US, Canada, and EU.

Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!!

Disclosure: I received a 16×20 framed print from CanvasPop as compensation for this post. All views and opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation was provided.

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Our Downstairs Painted Door

This is our downstairs door that goes out to the garage and the first project on my to-do list this week. The before picture was taken awhile ago, before we took down our popcorn ceilings and painted our trim and walls. I didn’t paint the door because we were eventually going to replace it. (One major lesson I have learned while remodeling our house – projects take a lot longer than you anticipate when DIYing it!) That was 3 months ago and we still haven’t gotten to it yet so I decided to just paint it in the meantime. And I’m so glad I did, it’s amazing how much happier I feel when I go downstairs. Here’s the before…

downstairs door before

…and the after.

Downstairs door paint color with trim and walls

Trim: Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams, my favorite trim color, almost identical to White Dove by BM

Wall color: Sedate Gray by Sherwin-Williams (a great neutral and one of the colors from the SW 2015 color forecast I wanted to try out)

Door color: Waterscape by Sherwin-Williams

 The hardest part about painting to me is just getting started. Once I do it, it’s fine but I sometimes think I have to wait for that “perfect time”. This door took me about 45 minutes to prep and paint it and I love it so much better than the dark wood. It’s amazing what a little paint can do to lift your mood. Now if someone can just do our floor … more on that later.Smile Happy Painting Week!

 See more painted doors here.


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