Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Color Adjustment


It was fun reading all of your comments and suggestions.  I tried not to reply
to any comments that would sway you one way or the other. I don't think
there's any one right or wrong answer but I was surprised  to hear so many
people suggest dark navy or black.  By the time I had done the post...


...I had already gotten a sample pot of Farrow & Ball Down Pipe.

The color is meant to imitate lead and I thought it would give an  industrial feel.
I should also add that I REALLY wanted to use Farrow & Ball.
I had gotten as far as buying a quart of Lamp Room Gray and painted one
of my window casings before deciding it was a little too blue for the cabinets
but I absolutely LOVE the paint!  It's got a beautiful consistency, paints on
smoothly and dries to a beautiful finish.  I'm completely sold on its quality.


In the end it was the perfect gray that I won out.  I didn't feel I was too far
off.  During the day, the old gray was reading a little lavender.  I went back
to the historical colors and found a gray that was a little darker and drabber
and I think it's perfect.  Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray.  The darker tone really
highlights the marble and the hue give me the historical look I was shooting for. 

"Christmas Gift" amaryllis is late to the party but she's putting on a great show.



You can see the contrast of the two colors on top of the column on the left.
And the entire column on the right has been painted in Chelsea Gray.




Between the dishwasher and refrigerator is a new cabinet
that will have doors made from the old store counter...painted
in the Chelsea Gray.  I love the contrast of this gray with the marble.

The little wine rack next to the refrigerator has shelves made from the
store counter mahogany that I showed in an earlier post.

And you also get a glimpse of another color I've painted in the
small recess next to the refrigerator.  



(Oops, the flowers have moved over to this shot.  That's bad styling.)

Above the counter next to the refrigerator, I've designed a little built-in cabinet
that will house a small microwave, a TV and leave a little extra room for 
cookbooks and some white pottery.  My thinking is that the dark color
(Benjamin Moore Deep Creek) will help disguise the microwave and TV,
highlight the white pottery placed in front of it AND provide balance to the
black armoire that will go over in that right corner where all the crap is.
We'll see how that works out.

The sunshine pours in through the French doors on winter mornings.
While the cats sunbathe, you'll find me here...painting.

72 comments:

  1. Gorgeous paint color. Things are coming along nicely. As some one who is also renovating....I know this can be a looooong process.

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  2. It's perfect! And I love the Deep Creek nook too.

    You are so good at this design business. I know your posts take a lot of time, but I've learned from you, enjoy them, and truly appreciate it.

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  3. great choice... the description on the Benjamin Moore is pretty spot on, too, for you and your kitchen --
    "...this gracefully urbane shade of gray adds a sophisticated, scholarly quality."

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  4. Great choices! It's really coming together and looking great!

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  5. It's looking absolutely lovely...and seems so cohesive to the rest of your designs! It's all coming together...

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  6. Lovely. Just lovely. The TV /microwave nook is fab!

    We are in a rental for abut a year or so-it's kind of nice not to have house stuff looming , LOL
    When we do settle on a place that will be ours to do with what we wish-I am going to use AUC as my encyclopedia when we do the kitchen!

    And yes, I still use this to spell "encyclopedia" correctly :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy2jWJtO3lE

    Off to find some indigo-ish fabric for kitchen curtains over my sink. The sun shines directly in the kitchen in the afternoon ( its due west) and, well, with the San Diego sun, it's a bit much when cooking/washing dishes ( I know. The rest of the USA just hates us for our weather. I ♥ it.)

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  7. Its going to be so beautiful! You have to go with what makes you feel right, if you know what I mean. You are the one in the kitchen, living in the home, and the different shades of color do change the feeling...go with what feels the best to you!

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  8. It's really coming together beautifully Steve. I think you're smart to get the perfect color on those cabinets now - and not waiting until later to make a decision to have to repaint them all over again. What a chore! Do it right the first time! I am in love with your ceiling. Scott and I are planning our kitchen redo, and I think between you and Joan, I'm sold on a plank ceiling!

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    1. Artie,
      I'm still chipping away at sanding the rough spots on that ceiling. Especially if you want to paint in a glossy paint, be sure to sand it well before putting it up.

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    2. I didn't put plank on the ceiling, but on all of the first floor walls. I've dealt with pine knot holes before and this time I had the bead board made of poplar. It is the softest of the hardwoods so it's easy to fabricate, but it lacks the sap/knot holes of pine. BTW, I think you made an elegant choice for the cabinets. I love how the detail of your new doors shines though.

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  9. Steve you made the perfect choice! All of your work is coming to fruition!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2014 Artists Series

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  10. Everything is just beautiful. Great job! Can't wait to see the final reveal.

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  11. Have you looked at C2 paints? American made and very lush.

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    1. I've heard of it but not tried it. I'll have to.

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  12. I am so excited for you!! There's nothing like living in a home that you absolutely love! That kitchen is amazing...love the reworked bar/counter...that grey is so perfect and really complements your marble...and that faucet is sexy ;) It doesn't look like you've had the pleasure of cooking in there yet...what's your first meal going to be?
    am

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    1. If I'm lucky, I'll be making a humble chili for the Superbowl.

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  13. Here's what I like most: When I look at your kitchen and colors and compare it to the exterior of your house on the side bar, what I see if consistency. And that is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

    Absolutely love the idea of the painting the recess a dark color to visually hide the things you want to hide and bring forward the things you want to display. So clever.

    Also, did you hear me whistle at your appliances? No? Well, I did. They are awfully good looking.

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    1. Camille,
      I love you. I've tried really to stay aware of that. Yes, I'm pretty sure I heard you whistle. The appliances were a huge splurge but I'm happy I got them.

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  14. This is looking sooo good! Great colors with the stainless fridge.

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  15. You are doing an OUTSTANDING job with this. Your attention to detail................wow! I am getting ready to paint my office/craft room gray and was probably going to choose in haste. Now, I am going to heed your experience and choose carefully.............certainly do not want any lavender or blue tones. Just cannot wait to see the finished product. What a feast for the eyes that will be.
    Kim

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    1. I think grays HAVE to be the hardest, especially the more saturated ones. There are some really nice ones in the historical colors but I don't think there's any such thing as the one perfect gray. They're going to look different in every environment.

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  16. Luv, luv, luv the " two shades of gray!!" franki

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    1. Thanks, Franki. That felt a little gutsy.

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  17. lovely. love your passion and attention to detail. beautiful home.

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  18. It all just makes me say oh.my.god.i.love.it. I so see what you're saying on the depth of the Chelsea compared to the other gray in the stove picture. And can I say I LOVE the finish on the shelves for the wine storage? Totally rich. You just rock, you really do.

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  19. It looks wonderful! Can't wait to see everything completed. You've spent ALOT of time and energy making your choices and the results should knock our socks off. Can't wait (and I'm sure you can't either) since it's been a long haul to see the final reveal.

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  20. Love it! I painted my kitchen floors Chelsea Gray and love them. This is great fun watching your kitchen come together.

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  21. Oh boy, this is so exciting. Your kitchen is going to be gorgeous. I'm loving the dark grey cabinets I'm seeing on Pinterest, and I think your colors are wonderful. It's fun seeing the progress of your renovation!
    Claudia

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  22. Very, very well done! You kitchen is coming together beautifully. I had never noticed Chelsea Grey before ... it is lovely and smoky, without being blue or green.

    I agree with you about F&B paint. When I stripped and primed and painted the woodwork in our house, I used BM Super White as the finish color. Some time since I started painting and I needed a refill, they must have changed the formula because I was having a devil of a time keeping a wet edge as I painted my baseboards and casings. After an arduous search for a replacement, I found that we have a local F&B stockist. I don't remember which white I chose ... I used it on the trim in our kitchen last year and I love using it and I love how it looks. Definitely worth a little bit extra $$ for such a lovely finish.

    I think it says a lot the Crown Point Cabinetry, the company that built the cabinets for our kitchen, uses F&B for their painted cabinets.

    Anyway, totally loving what you have done so far. Makes me motivated to get to it and finish something in our old house.

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    1. Smoky is a great description. I love the odor the F&B too...at least the eggshell. I know it's low VOC and is water based but I swear it smells like linseed oil....or something like that.

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  23. One more thing .... you will LOVE your SubZero fridge ... worth every $$ of the splurge!

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  24. chelsea gray is a fave of mine. but, I'm not speaking to you. I see you have a sub.zero refrig. i wanted one. badly.

    green with envy here...donna

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  25. Love that you plan to highlight your white pottery. It will look so pretty against the gray you picked.
    E+J

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  26. It's so interesting how that original gray ended up looking lavender. I'm sure one would never see that on a paint chip of the same color. Yes, you've made the right choice (and perhaps my own suggestion would have been a little jarring!).

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  27. The kitchen is looking gorgeous already...I knew it would be a show stopper! Love the deep creek color, I need to look that up.

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  28. I love the Chelsea Gray! Everything is looking so wonderful. Are able to use the stove yet?

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  29. Wow, you'll be cooking before you know it! I think you can't go wrong with the BM historic color palette.

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    1. Oh, I don't know, Durf, some of those ochres a horrible!

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  30. I'm scrolling through these photos and when I hit the last one, I sat up straight in my chair!
    It might be bad styling to you but suddenly it all clicked for me.
    I WANT YOUR KITCHEN!!!!
    and you can throw in the little cat too.

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    1. In the end, it's black and white. Just mixed up a bit.

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  31. I like that you've chosen different shades of gray depending on what and where they will be seen and their purpose...nice shadow play, depth and light...or dark. Looks like you're moving along too, there's been a lot accomplished.

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  32. It's looking amazing. Great job and love the paint.

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  33. Two thumbs up. I like the new gray. It's subtle yet stands out. And I'm surprised that I'm seeing sawdust in the cabinets. It must be killing you to have it everywhere.

    All around a spectacular job. The colors are perfect. I wish I had your patience…

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    1. The house is a disaster! I've kind of given up on trying to keep it clean for now.

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  34. I love the color you chose. It's so fun to hear about your decision making process and see the progress without having to actually do any of the work! I also love how the gray and the marble counters go with the parts of the cabinets that are still natural wood, which means the floor is going to look great with everything.

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  35. Your kitchen is looking beautiful. Do you have any photos of the black amoire? I have a vintage cupboard that is chippy blue but it no longer matches anything (too pastel and shabby-chic) and I was thinking of painting it black which would go better. With your impeccable taste, if a black amoire fits in your kitchen, it will surely fit in my breakfast area.

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  36. Never mind. I backtracked and realized I HAD seen the amoire a few days ago. Looks good. I might now be brave enough to paint and "age" my cupboard.

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    1. Lana,
      That sounds like a good project! Would you use chalk paint? I haven't tried it yet but I'm thinking of picking a fun color for the inside of my cabinets so I can give it a try. Everyone seems to like it.

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    2. I have never used chalk paint, I usually just use a semi-gloss or satin on furniture pieces then sand them slightly to age them. I think chalk paint in black might not look that great. I am also thinking about maybe a black glaze over the blue to darken the cupboard so that some of the blue still comes through. Decisions, decisions.

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  37. I would never have had nerve enough to use gray like that, but i love it! So elegant. Keep on trucking. (Flowers have a habit of moving around. Don't worry about it!)

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  38. I go away for a few days and: WOW, lots of progress! Such a handsome gray. I'm jotting it down. And I see a kitty in the photo - hope they are all good and recovering. Looking great, Steve!

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  39. Love the color change, wouldn't have been able to identify what was wrong with the first color but I would have known something was lacking....you nailed the problem and the solution.

    This is a kitchen worth the wait. well for us at least.

    You are the master, of both patience and prettiness. in a manly way of course.

    xo J

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  40. Utterly perfect!
    And my knitting analogy still holds, i.e. the dark gray nook to hide the microwave :-)

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  41. It's amazing! After my husband and I find our dream house, I'm keeping a budget for kitchen renovation. Can you tell me an approximate figure for your kitchen with appliances. Also, the size of the kitchen.

    Fantastic blog!!

    Emmy

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    1. Emmy,
      My kitchen is about 12 feet by 14 feet. It's hard to compare the cost of mine to another renovation because moving all of the plumbing, running all new electrical, replacing the entire floor structure, sistering all of the old studs and joists, etc. adds a big cost. If you gutted another kitchen and just replaced the cabinets, added new countertops and appliances, it would probably cost half as much.

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  42. Fantastic Steve. Love the darker alcove and all the sun in your kitchen! You sure you don't want to put a club chair in there for reading on these cold winter days? I gravitate toward my sunroom in the winter, since it's too hot in the summer. Enjoy your journey, it is spectacular so far. xo Nancy

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  43. Simple, classical elegance.........a man and his kitchen and his cats..............its a beautiful thing!!!!!!!

    All the best!!!

    Rob

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  44. Well done! I was the F&B Downpipe proponent but it's hard to pick a color without being in the room and seeing a swatch all times of day...your final choice sings!

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  45. Isn't it just crazy how the color gray changes so much with the light and environment. Remember to pat yourself on the back twice a day for a splendid job it really is coming along.

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  46. LOVE the change in color. It is sbsolutely perfect, but I would expect nothing less!

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  47. Oh I do love greys, soft, kind, elegant colour and then such a terrific foil to a splash of some outrageous colour like acid yellow or bright pink or whatever.
    We have used chalk paint as a healthier option and really like it. It covers well and makes a lovely matt surface.
    Your kitchen really looks the business, Steve!

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  48. Beautiful, beautiful job. Your attention to detail and planning has rewarded you.

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  49. Oh it's looking great. Sorry I'm late to the party too. xo Terri

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  50. This will be a sophisticated, scholarly kitchen - you are going to practically live in here Steve! I love how the light comes in.

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  51. I'm late to the party but the kitchen is looking gorgeous! Love everything.

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