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Paint Colors

March 18th, 2008  · stk

House Colors: When you live in the "North-wet", the painting season is very short and if you want to protect your house from rotting, you need to plan ahead.

Painting. Not the most fun of projects, but it sure can make a difference to the appearance (and help protect) a home.

Trouble is, one is always left with half-used cans of paint and (one of my pet peeves) - forgetting the name or formula for the paint that was last applied. Yeah, the hardware store can do a color "match", but often it's off by a shade or two (or maybe three).

This exciting post is my effort to eliminate the paint color issue by keeping tabs on the paints we use around and inside our house. No more worrying about losing the formula because the top of the paint lid has paint on it, the sticker has come off or the print is so faded that it can no longer be read. No having to remember smooth-sounding emotive paint names.

Once I've actually painted some bit of the house in these colors (the "Japanese Maple" is slightly different from what's on there now and the "Whispering Pine" is a new accent color), I'll put up a photo. Maybe it'll spark a whole new trend in house colors? - or NOT!

House (Exterior)

japanese maple

Japanese Maple
Behr 120F-6
(House Trim)

Paint Behr Premium Plus (Deep Base) Int/Ext Hi-Gloss Enamel Latex.

B-Lamp Black [1-36-0]
KX-White [2-16-0]
R-Exterior Red [6-40-0]
T-Medium Yellow [1-8-0]

whispering pine

Whispering Pine
Behr 450F-6
(House Trim Accent)

Paint Behr Premium Plus (Deep Base) Int/Ext Hi-Gloss Enamel Latex.

C-Yellow Oxide [0-14-0]
D-Thalo Green [0-27-0]
KX-White [0-28-0]
L-Raw Umber [1-18-0]

cedar natural tone on cedar

Cedar Natural Tone
House (on Cedar siding)

Paint Behr Premium Semi-transparent Wood Stain

Tint Base 5-77
C-Yellow Oxide [0-34-0]
F-Red Oxide [0-9-0]
L-Raw Umber [0-35-0]


A Rose is a Rose, Unless it's a Paint Color

Several things have changed, since this article was written. Concerns about cracking and peeling paint fueled our decision to switch from high-gloss paint to solid-color stain for the house trim. The trim color names changed from "Japanese Maple" and "Whispering Pine" to "Bordeaux" and "Mountain Spruce", as a result. (Who comes up with these names?) We've also begun painting portions of the main house, using these new stains (remind me to take pictures). Home Depot has also changed their paint labeling system. But the most expensive lesson we've learned, is that paint formulas for specific paint names, can change.

Twice annually, Home Depot offers rebates for Behr paint and stain (typically on the May Long Weekend and sometime in the early Fall - right when painting season is about to end). In fact, Home Depot is running a 5-day sale right now (Oct 8-12) on Behr, CIL or Ralph Lauren paint. One can get $14 off for two gallons or $25 off for 5-gallons. We try to purchase our paints during these sales.

Last year, armed with the paint name & type ("Cedar Natural Tone", Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain), we bought a 5-gallon pail, on rebate offer. When we got home, we discovered - much to our shock - that it didn't match the color we already had! What the heck? When we took it back for a return, we were refused! (Apparently, the paint formula had been changed for "Cedar Natural Tone" and we were expected to pay for this new color, even though we had nothing to do with the formula change ... apparently, consumers must either memorize the formula or bring in their old labels - knowing the paint color isn't enough!).

We're talking over $200-worth of stain here! What paint company, in their right mind, would change the formula for a paint name? (It would make heaps more sense to 'discontinue' the color and come up with a new color name, eh?)

Fortunately, when Rachel returned to Home Depot later, to make her case to a store manager, someone else happened to be at the paint counter with the exact same problem (and color - and had been compensated). We were relieved to return the paint and get the proper color, but the unsettling transaction taught us a very valuable lesson: always take the paint label.

Speaking of paint labels, we got a small shock yesterday, when buying more of the same kind of stains - Home Depot has changed their paint labeling system! "The new method is much more accurate," said the paint guy, "down to 1/384th of an ounce."

"Eye Veh," we thought, "doesn't anything stay the same? Paint formulas, paint labels ... what's next ... will Behr will go out of business or discontinue that line of stain?"

Anyway ... Here's a snapshot of our colors and new formulas (we got smart and ask that they give us extra paint labels).

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1.flag Yabba Comment
The first sign of ageing is when you leave yourself post-it notes all over the place :|

2.flag stk Comment
LOL ... (1) I knew that you wouldn't be able to resist commenting and (2) I thought the first sign was forgetting the password so you COULD leave post-it notes :p
3.flag Yabba Comment
Muppet ....... just in case :|

4.flag stk Comment
Shouldn't that be ****** :|
5.flag Gary Comment
Lol, ever thought of a multi coloured house, that way you get to use up all your half empty tins of paint.

I havn't seen that side of your house before, very impressive ;)

6.flag stk Comment
A multi-colored house in the woods? Hmmm. Sounds a tad garish and I'm sure Rachel wouldn't approve, even though it certainly would solve the half-filled tin issue (actually, we'd save oodles of money, because we could buy mis-tinted paint at the hardware store!!)

That view impressed us to buy the place, but now - looking at all the wood that needs painting - it's just depressing. :p
7.flag Gary Comment
Just have to have a painting party and invite your pals around for a beer and a paint.

It could be the social event of the year :)

8.flag stk Comment
LOL ... my parents held a party like that once - and it was a disaster. (The lesson they learned? .... Paint FIRST, beer LAST!!) :p
9.flag Gary Comment
How did it go wrong Scott, was the decorating a mess ?

10.flag stk Comment
Urm ... yeah. I think a paint fight broke out by about 2 PM. On the other hand, everyone was having a good time and didn't seem to care. A great theme party, but an awful paint job. :p
11.flag Gary Comment
oh no ! It sounds like it was a great party but nightmare to look at the next day.

Have a great weekend, if the weather nice get stuck into the painting ;)

12.flag stk Comment
It's due to rain for the next 4 days. :(
13.flag Gary Comment
Oh Heck, any painting indoors need doing ?

I hear ya (enough with the painting already)

Gz :)