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What color takes you to YOUR happy place???

I was recently driving south on highway 99 towards Oregon City, When I caught a good view of the Arch Bridge and I knew that it was going to reopen soon.  The bridge had been closed for almost two years for repairs.  The Arch Bridge between Oregon City and West Linn was painted with a special paint from Miller Paint.


On its reopening there were three days of celebration…

The people, who used the bridge every day, could use it once again. Their lives could return to normal.  All of the shops that were hit hard due to the closure can now have their customers back. You knew the good times were coming back, with most of the hard work being done, and a fresh coat of paint on the bridge.

The bridge is like our own paint projects. You could be building a new home, adding on an addition to your existing home, or you could just be changing the color of a room.  When you get to the painting part of your project, it is almost complete.

All the hard work is finished. You will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor and get back to life again.

With everything looking great and a fresh coat of paint, the best is yet to come.


~Merle Rowland


Author: ColorGuild

As a child, Halloween meant candy, dressing up in costume and staying up past my bedtime to go Trick-or-Treating. But now, as an adult, it’s the rich history of the holiday that fascinates me. Halloween originate in a time of superstition, magic, reverence for the dead and Celtic tradition – elements that have come together to create hauntingly beautiful holiday from which to draw design inspiration!


Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.


History tells us that to commemorate the event, the Celts wore costumes and the unbleached beeswax candles used in the various ceremonies of the festival were orange in color, while the ceremonial caskets were covered in black cloths.


Over time, the holiday evolved and spread throughout the world. It has become more commonly associated with things like Jack-O-Lanterns, bags of candy and scary costumes but you can still see elements of the holiday’s origins in modern decor. From the use of orange and black to the dark and mysterious aesthetic, here are some of our favorite  Halloween-inspired rooms.

Apartment Therapy

Elle decor

Coto sud

Ciolino House by Greg Natale

~Melanie Gibbs via Color Guild


As featured in Durability & Design Magazine Sept/Oct 2012

A little while back we posted about the contest to have your artwork displayed atop the Space Needle in Seattle for its half century birthday.  Here is a shot of the rooftop now as it waits for its winners graphics to be painted for its display that will begin October 21 and remain through April 21, 2013 which is the towers 51st birthday.  Even before that we posted about the good ole Galaxy Gold color that would again adorn the rooftop after years and years, mixed in of course our very own Miller Paint.

What you see here though was painted by one of Miller Paint’s customers, the owner of Omega Graphics Bob Kehoe, using our Acri-Lite exterior paint.  Bob is an amazing individual with incredible talent who, in his mid 80’s, is still going strong as the guy who does all of the color change and graphics on the roof top of the Space Needle as well as Qwest Field, Soldier Field, and large canvas’ like that all over the country and I believe in other countries as well.  He does all of his work from pencil drawings on 8 ½ x 11 paper.  As one of the last true artists in this field that does it the old fashioned way, we are proud to still call him one of our valued customers!

~Melanie Gibbs, via Diane Barry Miller Paint Burien, WA


Need a little inspiration in decorating this fall?  Fall is like all seasons in that it holds uniqueness in its colors and overall feeling.  Winter is sparkling and magical, Spring is bright and new, Summer is colorful and free, and Fall… Fall is warm and cozy!

This year we are hearing that big bold patterns will be big in wall coverings.  Don’t be afraid to go with bold colors either. They can liven up a room that may need an “awakening”!  Or stick with colors that may be more subdued but have a lively pattern.  Try using them like you would an accent wall with a striking color to catch the eye, or in a dining room below a chair rail.  Have fun with it. Grasscloth Resource Collection Wild Flora Collection

Many of our locations carry wall paper books for you to browse.  Whether you like bold patterns with metallic finishes, or natural fibers and grasses, find what inspires you!

~Melanie Gibbs


As summer turns into fall, you may be considering starting an exterior painting project. Take advantage of the cooler weather to tackle an exterior paint project, but  make sure you know when it is too cold to paint outside:

Paint must set before the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is best not to paint within two hours of sundown if temps are predicted to drop below that. Extremely high temperatures can also cause a problem, so avoid painting in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (but we don’t have to worry about that for awhile now, do we!).

Moisture also affects paint, so wait several days after a rainfall and allow morning mist to evaporate before beginning your project.

Always make sure to check the label on your paint can for additional information!

This applies to staining decks and fences too!


This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.


What do you get for someone that seems to already have everything? Well if they are a “Do it Yourselfer” get them a gift can of supplies!

Come in and get the DIYer what they will need to get going on their next paint project.  Start with an empty paint can and start filling it.  Put in a good brush, painters tape, a roller frame and cover, can opener, caulk and gun (if you can make it fit!), and put on a can spout for pouring! Don’t forget to throw in a Miller Paint Gift Card for all those things you just couldn’t squeeze in, and of course the PAINT! Stick a bow on it and call it done!  Or if you are really into wrapping, by all means have a ball.

~Melanie Gibbs