If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I love my alliteration (Tuesday Tidbits, Friday Favorites…you get the idea).  We receive a rather insane amount of emails, private messages, texts, etc. from all of you guys asking about products. Products we love, products we hate, products that make our life easier and products that make a job look professional. So, we’re going to try a new blog segment that will feature 2-3 products that we have an opinion on. If I had to guess, we’ll only be doing the Friday Favorites once a month – because while we love lots of products, we also love our time and these posts take time.

Since I am currently painting (seriously, if you see me around town just ignore the paint that is inevitably somewhere in my hair), I thought I would share a few products we love. We have mentioned some of these before, but they are so good it’s worth a refresher.

**We have not been paid or given a discount to say anything about these products.**

1. Paint Samples – I cannot sing the praises of the samples enough. What did we actually do before these $3-$8 samples were available?!?! These particular samples are from Sherwin Williams, but every store selling paint carries something like them. Take my advice: buy the sample! Test it out on a wall, in a corner and by a window. Then check the paint color for the next couple of days. You’ll be shocked. Pinterest lies. Those little paint chips lie. But a two foot square in your living room tells the truth.

2. Purdy Paintbrush – Spend the $9-$19 on the good brush. We buy one or two new brushes with each house and have quite the collection. We clean them very diligently and they last forever. You will never have a bristle fall out (as you are painting) with these and the way they can trim out a ceiling/window is pure magic. Stop buying the $5 brush and spend a little more.

3. HANDY Paint Pail and Liners – We’ve been using these things for about 10 years and love them. We have two pails (that we purchased 10 years ago) and just buy new liners for every paint project. The original pail was about $10 and the liners are $6 for 5 of them. They make my trimming out task almost enjoyable…almost.

4. Sadly, the next product is a non-favorite. I’m so sorry Sherwin Williams! I hate to say it, but we gave your Eminence ceiling paint a valiant effort. This is what the Sherwin Williams employee suggested for our ceilings. We had never used the product before, but decided to try it. I happened to have a 30% coupon for Sherwin Williams, so the price was discounted from $32 down to $22. We had beautiful, brand new drywall and we primed everything (with Sherwin Williams primer) first. This ceiling paint was SO thin!!! Both Trent and I were frustrated as soon as we realized that we were going to have a primer, first coat and STILL need a second coat on the ceiling. I expect two coats on the walls, but we have always done primer + one coat on the ceilings. In the past, we have used Valspar from Lowes for the ceilings…and I think we will stick with that in the future. The ceiling paint went on like a watered down paint. We thought maybe it was just a room, or trimming versus rolling – but nope. It was thin everywhere. Unless you just love paintings ceilings, I would probably pass on this product.

Hopefully, these few suggestions can save you a little time on your next project! If you have suggestions (for any product) please comment. We love finding new items that make our life easier!


  • March 10, 2017 Reply

    Beverly Ridenour

    Thanks so much for the information. We are getting ready to paint our family room and your opinions came at the right time. Definitely buying a couple of Purdy brushes.

  • March 10, 2017 Reply

    Janet Chutro

    I hope you don’t have posts labeled “Monday Mishaps” or “Wednesday Woes!

  • March 10, 2017 Reply


    We recently spent the money and bought the highest end Benjamin Moore paint available and it was a medium blue covering hot pink and it TOTALLY COVERED IN ONE COAT! No joke. It’s truly did. I will never use another paint ever. If I could post a pic to show you I would.

  • March 10, 2017 Reply

    Shirley Duis

    I also Love the Purdue paint brushes. Was able to trim without taping the ceiling, (it’s a metal framing with tin ceiling tiles) they clean up well too.

  • March 12, 2017 Reply

    Vallery W Dietrich

    Thank you so much for the product reviews!! Very helpful. I love your alliterative musings!!

  • March 12, 2017 Reply


    Great suggestions. I use the sample paints all the time and that brush brand. I use small paint holders with a side handle for small jobs and ladder touch ups. I love this blog.

  • March 12, 2017 Reply


    This is helpful! A good paint brush and roller covers are a MUST. The blue can Valspar is my favorite as I dislike second coats!

  • March 13, 2017 Reply


    I just painted my kitchen which was a butterscotch and wanted it to be in a “Rosemary Sprig”. I used Valspar Reserve – it was the high end of three choices of paint. IT WAS MARVELOUS. One coat – covered all the dark butterscotch – perfect. It was well worth the $40+ cost. Saved me days and probably several gallons of paint.

    I love the color you picked – it’s a huge decision to decide on a color. Never realized it until I started redecorating. GOOD JOB

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