Friday, May 18, 2012

50 Shades of Gray (Paint)

Sorry for that shameless title.  But seriously, we've used three different shades of gray downstairs, and I finally found a winner.

I mentioned in this post here that I was not happy with my dining room paint color.  I used Benjamin Moore's Light Pewter and there wasn't enough contrast with the white wainscoting.

I decided to paint the room a darker shade of gray and settled on Benjamin Moore's Stone which BM says   is a "never-fail neutral that bridges between taupe and brown." It's true, it looks gray, but also has a warmness to it.

I busted out two coats yesterday afternoon and I am in lurve.  Like really in lurve.  Jake and I agreed that this is probably our favorite paint color we've picked so far. (Ignore poor lighting and messy rooms in background in these photos.)

I replaced the navy velvet curtains from West Elm with white linen curtains from Target.  A little bit of a tear with that switcharoo because I was in love with the West Elm ones.  I talked about hanging them in this post here.  I'm going to try and find them a new home in another room in our house or save them and use the fabric for some project.  I like the way our new light fixture looks too.  It was kinda lost in a sea of white before, but now it has more definition.  

I think the Ikea sideboard may be permanently evicted.  You might remember from this post that I assembled it and painted it yellow then painted it a different shade of yellow and then finally painted it a shade of blue/gray.

Well, it officially doesn't match anymore and I think it's too big for the space.  Especially once we replace our small table with one that seats 6-8 people.  I'm trying to think of a new home for it.  Who knows?   Maybe the curtains and the sideboard will move in somewhere together.

I bought the cabinet below from Crate and Barrel to house our cable box, dvd player, etc,  in the den, but I'm thinking it would look really nice in the dining room instead.  We'll see.  Maybe another switcharoo is in the works. 

{Image from here}


  1. We just painted our bathroom gray a few weeks ago - Behr's Gentle Rain. Looks great with the white trim and the newly painted ceiling, too.

    Thanks so much for joining us for Feed Me Friday this week. It's great to "meet" another Massachusetts blogger!

    Enjoy the weekend.

  2. Oh man, picking a shade of grey is tough! We painted cur entire main floor (except the bathroom)grey a couple of years ago. We also have lots of white trim, no wainscoting but big crown molding and tall baseboards (our house was built in the 50s). It's a lovely contrast. Our grey is a little bluer than yours and our white is a little creamier (from what I can tell from the pictures). Your dining room light is also quite similar to ours :) It looks like you have a character home as well. What era is it?

    BTW greetings from the Friday blog hop :)

    1. Hi Shayna! Thanks for stopping by. I think gray is def the new neutral. I love it! Our home was built in 78. Not sure that qualifies it as a character home, but the previous owners added lots of nice touches with wainscoting and crown molding. It's one of the reasons we fell in love with the home. :)

  3. Love your shades, especially the darker ones that are so dramatic. :-)

    1. Hi Crystal, thanks! Just started following you via GFC. Can't wait to learn some crafty ideas from you. :)

  4. Wow! It turned out Stunning! It's like a room from HGTV. I love it.
    Thanks so much for joining us for Feed Me Friday this week. I'm following and subscribing back!

  5. Hi Jessica thanks for stopping by! Your dining room looks great!!! I love the color you chose, cant wait to see more :-)

  6. New follower from the May Networking Blog Hop. Your blog is so lovely. A really clean, stylish look. And I love the title of this post. :)

  7. I think grays can be so hard. We tried really hard to get a gun metal gray in a previous house and we just never got it quite right. But yours is awesome ... and the white linen curtains are a nice lighter touch, too.

  8. I love this gray too! I haven't tried it yet, so I think I'll use it as my gray in my son's room.


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