1987 Fixer Upper Paint Colors

Paint can be so tricky! Who would have known that white isn’t actually white and that there are about 43,597 different shades of white? If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed walking into a paint store, you are not alone! I used to joke that our houses always look like I’m a fan of camouflage before they actually get painted because I have so many different swatches of different colors painted on every wall in every room. HA! I wish that I had been smarter and used Samplize instead of ordering a million pints and painting them all over…oh well! Hopefully you will be smarter than I am. 😉

Diy front yard landscaping

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I have wanted to create a dedicated post about paint colors for each different project for a while, to hopefully make it easier to try something you may have seen on the blog. We’ll kick things off today with the 1987 Fixer Upper paint colors. 

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Sherwin WIlliams Repose Gray at 25%

The #1987FixerUpper faces North/South, which is great for melting snow off the driveway in the winter, not so great for the natural lighting inside. I wanted a little color on the walls, and I wanted a gray, but I needed something that was not very dark. After trying out LOTS of swatches, I settled on Repose Gray and had it changed to only 25% of the color to lighten it up just right. It’s the perfect shade for this house. A little bit of contrast against the trim, but light enough to capture as much natural light as possible. 

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Trim and Ceilings : 

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White  

This is the most pure white I could find. As a matter of fact, it’s the base for most of Sherwin William’s paints. If you walk in and just buy a can of base paint, this is what it is. It doesn’t have any creamy undertones or blue undertones, at least not in this house. Just pure, bright white.

Diy doormat

Front Door: 

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

If you are looking for a perfect black, give this one a try. A rich and true black perfect for cabinets, doors, trim…you name it, it’s great!

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Kitchen Cabinets & Family Room Built In

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White

Pantry ideas

Kitchen Island and Pantry Wainscoting:

Sherwin Williams Salty Dog 

I wanted a fun blue in the kitchen and I went through a ton of them! Salty Dog was the winner in here. It’s a very classic navy.

Master bathroom remodel pictures

Interior Doors & Master Bathroom Cabinets

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

I think it’s fun to paint the interior doors of the house something other than white, so to go along with the walls in the house being a lighter version of Repose Gray, I painted the closet doors, interior doors and master bathroom cabinets all Repose Gray at 100%. I love the look of it!

Master bathroom remodel before and after 1

Office Built-In Cabinets:

Sherwin Williams Gale Force

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This is a deeper, more charcoal based navy blue. It is such a stunning color.

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Laundry Room Cabinets:

Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray

Kid's Bathroom Design Ideas

Kid’s Bathroom Cabinets:

Sherwin Williams Salty Dog

We purchased this home in April of 2017 and immediately began a total remodel.  The home was in good shape, and had good bones in a great neighborhood, which is what drew me to it, but it was dark and closed off and needed to be modernized and lightened up.  As with any remodel, things snowball and one thing leads to another.  What started out as an interior remodel led to a complete exterior remodel too.  We still have a long way to go with getting this place furnished and decorated, but here is the current state of this home.  There are always a million projects, and I’m excited for you to join us in this transformation journey.

You can find some of the posts I have posted about this remodel here:

Exterior Transformation of the 1987 Fixer Upper

Living Room Before & After

Living Room Design Plan

Kitchen inspiration

before and after kitchen pictures

Walk In Pantry Remodel

The Laundry Room

Master Bedroom before and after

Master Bathroom before and after

Bunk Room

Kid’s Bathroom

Andy’s Room

Ashley’s Room Before and After

Ashley Room Design

En-suite Guest Bedroom

Queen Guest Room

I’m realizing now that there are several rooms that I need to post about. I’ll get on that! Until then, I hope having these paint colors all in one spot helps with any questions you might have!

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Creative Director at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog pinkpeppermintdesign.com. Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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