White Exterior House Paint Reveal

It’s time for my White Exterior House Paint Reveal! Drum roll, please. 🙂

The siding will finally be done this week and the siding guy was correct. It took a month for the cement board and batten siding to go up. I have to tell you that these guys know their stuff and I’m so impressed with the finished product.

board and batten siding - new build

Oftentimes, it seems like we complain when a job isn’t done to our satisfaction. So I like to give shoutouts when crews go above and beyond and the siding crew was amazing.

Because the siding guys (and girls!) had to drive over an hour and a half one way, they parked the truck with the trailer full of ladders at my current house (same area) every night.

So Many Shades Of White Exterior Paint

I’ve lived in a beige house for years and I knew I wanted to go white with the new build. But as you know, there are so many shades of white.

I have amassed quite the collection of Samplize paint samples. These peel-and-stick paint samples have been a lifesaver. You simply peel and stick real paint on the wall.

Tip: Do not stick these samples to interior drywall that hasn’t been primed yet. Don’t even ask! I don’t know what I was thinking.

When I removed the sample, it stuck to the drywall and pulled some of it off. Oops.

White Exterior House Paint – Alabaster?

I thought I had my exterior paint color picked out months ago. After ordering all of my favorite colors (Alabaster, White Dove, Snowbound, Chantilly Lace, Simply White, Pure White, etc.) I initially decided to go with Alabaster.

Interior White Paint Color - Alabaster sample

I don’t want a bright put-on-your-sunglasses white. But I also don’t want a white to read yellow. Since all paint colors have an undertone, it’s important to stick some samples up on the exterior siding and look at it in a different light.

So that’s what I did. And I’m so glad. I didn’t put the samples real close together. And on my house, the beige undertone of Alabaster looked yellow. Real yellow.

Now, I’ve read that Alabaster never, ever looks yellow. That it always reads white. I totally disagree.

It does read white most of the time. But sometimes, in the right light, you can see the hint of yellow.

However, I have seen houses painted Alabaster that are simply beautiful and it looks like a soft white – no yellow in sight. That’s why it’s so important to see a sample up on your house before making the decision.

Then I read a comment by someone who painted their house Alabaster and regretted it because you guessed it, it looked creamy yellow.

Alabaster is considered a soft, creamy warm white. It has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 82 which means it’s light and bright.

LRV is the measure of how light or dark a paint color is on a scale of 0 (being the darkest) to 100 (lightest).

White Exterior House Paint Reveal

I’ve decided to go with Pure White by Sherwin Williams! It has an LRV of 84. Pure White is a bright, clean white without being stark or cold.

exterior house paint - pure white sherwin williams

Below, you can see Alabaster compared to Pure White.

Alabaster Vs Pure White Paint Colors against a white background


Pure White has just a hint of gray undertones but it doesn’t read gray. This paint color also works well for walls, trim, and cabinets.

As a matter of fact, my interior walls, trim, and kitchen perimeter cabinets will be pure white. I had already chosen Pure White for the inside. Trust me, I’ll add pops of color to the decor.

The kitchen island will be painted Naval by Sherwin Williams. Blue and White are my favorite colors – with a little gray and black thrown in the mix.

Helpful Tip: If you’re planning on painting your interior walls white, use the same white for your trim, but use a different sheen (satin or semigloss). If you don’t, the stark white of the trim can make creamy white walls look dirty.

Stay tuned! I’ll share photos as soon as the exterior of the house is painted!



Alli loves her southern, country lifestyle. Whether she's decorating her new modern farmhouse or cooking up a storm for her family, Alli is all about living her best life now and spoiling her grandkids! She enjoys traveling, reading, Duke basketball, photography, and all things coastal. Alli wants to be a beach bum when she grows up.

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