the old barn

kitchen guide for home design


December 6, 2021


When you’re building a home, it is so helpful to see a real life examples of what you like, but it can be difficult to find the sources sometimes. In this home building guide, I am sharing all of our building materials and our interior and exterior paint colors to help you out.

About this Home Building Materials and Paint Guide

I am often asked “What is that roof color?” or “What is that paint color?” or the most asked “What are those floors?”

So I thought I’d put together a quick and easy visual guide to help you find what you’re looking for.

Also, some of these may be found in multiple places on my website and Instagram and I’ll provide links to shop where possible.

About Our Paint Colors

Most of our Interior Walls are painted Sherwin Williams Reserved White and All of our Trim and cabinets are painted Sherwin Williams Pure White.

Pure White is actually the name of the color, it’s not just the white base straight out of the can.

The walls that are not painted Reserved White are noted below.

Our ceilings that are sheetrock are painted the same as the room color. Sea Salt in the Office and Mudroom, and Reserved White in the other rooms.

Conversely, if the ceiling has wood trim in the form of bead board or tongue and groove, it is painted SW Pure White.

wood floor guide

Our Brick

Our reddish brick that you see on the lower section of our home is called Fireside by Meridian. We used white sand and grout on that part of the brick that is not painted.

Additionally we have some painted brick above. That brick is “painter brick” which is a generic name for a brick that is priced more inexpensive due to the color being less desirable. The quality is the same and a comparable brick in a more desirable color.

However, on our painted brick areas, we used gray grout with regular sand, because it less expensive and it would get painted over anyway.

brick and screened porch exterior

Our Board and Batten

Our Board and batten is made of Hardie Panels and Hardie Trim as the battens. It is painted SW Pure White. I have an article all about BOARD AND BATTEN here.

Our Front Doors

Our front doors are 5 feet wide by 8 feet tall. They are mahogany wood and beveled glass from and they are in the Prestige line.

They are stained Golden Oak (sorry, I’m not sure of the stain brand), and have THIS flat clear coat.

Our Shiplap

We used shiplap in several places throughout our home. Our home is mostly white and the shiplap add texture, interest, and character. Shiplap has been used in homes for hundreds of years and is a classic, timeless choice even though it was made “trendy” more recently by Joanna Gaines.

Here is a LINK to the shiplap we used. We used finishing nails, and a nail set to sink the nail heads just below the surface of the wood. Then, we filled the holes with spackle, lightly sanded, and lastly we painted the whole area.

wood floor guide

Link to shop BRICK TILE

Make sure you choose 2×10 in Taupe for this look

We also used SW Sea Salt in the Mudroom/Laundry Room

other miscellaneous building materials:

I have some other items here like shutter hinges, vent exhaust for the range, hardware, woven shades, barn door hardware, etc. other miscellaneous building materials

I hope you found all the answers here, but if you have any questions about other sources not listed, you can message me on Instagram and I will try to update this page as well.

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  1. Sandi Turner says:

    Hi there I live in Las Vegas and we really have a difficult time sourcing anything. I happened to see a video of your fireplace install on YouTube and cannot find it again. I’m updating my 20 yr old faux stone and would love to find out where you purchased the timber mantle and surround of your fireplace. The Lord Bless y’all and establish the work of your hands!
    Please and Thank you

  2. Steve Smith says:

    I love that you said that considering the condition of the brick could help identify its strength. My uncle informed me yesterday that he hoped to find a brick material solution for restoring their brick paver to its original state to make the most out of its appearance. He asked if I had any idea what would be the best option for a beautiful paver project. I appreciate this helpful brick guide article for the best options. I’ll tell him he can consult a well-known brick service as they can provide details about their services.

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