You guys know I’m a bit paint color obsessed since I have a whole separate blog about paint color and all. If there was every any doubt, this post will confirm it :). The differences in white paints might seem small to some, but they seem huge to me! It was hard to capture the exact color differences of the different white paints with my trusty little point and shoot, but this is my best shot.
I posted a little while ago that we were working on some custom trim to go around the peninsula. You can see the little mock up we did propped up against the end of the peninsula. We’re going to do trim like this all the way around.
We’re starting from scratch. Way from scratch. This is one of the pieces of wood we started with. My dad is handy with woodworking, so he helped…or rather, he did it and I watched and took pictures :).
I’ll be back later with a how to on how we’re making this into trim. For now, I’ve been testing white paint colors that match the Ikea Lidingo cabinet doors and have found a couple that are really close.
I think we’re going to try spray painting the peninsula trim to give it a super smooth finish, but spray paint colors are really limited. Anything labeled just “white” was waaaay too white. Blindingly white. Many brands have Antique White which is too yellow. I tried the ever popular Rustoleum Heirloom white and that was just a tad too yellow still (but a great color if you’re looking for a creamy white spray paint).
I was about to give up on finding a white spray paint that would match, but the other day when I was shopping for fabric supplies for my no sew roman shade I saw a little case in the back of Joanne Fabrics with spray paints. I glanced through, and lo and behold there was one white spray paint I hadn’t seen before – Rustoleum Blossom White! I didn’t get my hopes up, but I came home and sprayed half of a leftover piece of Lidingo trim, and it was a pretty good match. Score!
Here it is without the line. I think that’s about as close as I’m going to be able to find for a spray paint match (and I’d say it’s pretty darn close). Ignore the slightly messy drippy paint line. This was just a test piece so I wasn’t too worried about making it perfect
We’re also adding crown molding above the cabinets and will paint the soffit to match, so I needed a latex paint too. We have painted all of the trim in our house Sherwin Williams Alabaster, so I gave that a shot since I had some on hand.
Here it is without the lines. You can see the color difference better here. Too dark.
I went to Sherwin Williams to try color matching, but after taking a look at the Proclassic Trim Paint in Extra White right next to my trim sample I took with me, they suggested I just give the Extra White a try (which is just the untinted white right off the shelf) because it looked very similar. I brought it home and tested it on top of my scrap Lidingo trim piece, and it was pretty close, but not perfect.
Here it is without the line. Just a tad too bright with a hair too much gray.
I thought about taking it back to get it tinted, but…
I had a reader, Jen, ask me about paint colors to match Ikea cabinets, and we got to chatting and she mentioned she saw a post on Ikea Fans about white colors to match the Lidingo cabinets, and some of them suggested Benjamin Moore Simply White. I bought a quart and the color was almost exact, so I think this is the one we’re going with to paint the soffit and crown. Thanks Jen for the suggestion!
Here you can see it without the black line. You can barely tell where it starts, unlike the Alabaster and Extra White above. It is slightly warmer than the Ikea white, but since this is only going to be up at the ceiling, I don’t think it will be noticeable.
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