The Gray Paint Search Is Over

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So you know how I have been trying to find the perfect gray paint for my sideboard? Well, several people emailed and commented that I should look into Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. So I did and I was sold! Thank you to all of you for the recommendation!

Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, it’s a paint specifically made for painting furniture (and floors) and get this: there’s no need to prime or prep the surface in any way! Really! When I read that, I immediately found a distributor and placed an order.

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They arrived yesterday and as you can see, the cans got all dented but no biggie; I think the paint is fine. I ordered “Paris Grey” which has a slight blue undertone (which is what I wanted):

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I also ordered an “Old White” because you are supposed to be able to mix it with any of her colors:

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I want to experiment with mixing to see what shades of gray I can come up with.

I also ordered the clear wax which will go over the paint to protect it:

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It also got jostled and was leaking a little bit when it arrived but hopefully, the wax is okay.

So, guess what I’m doing this weekend? What about you? Do you have any projects planned? Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday with a progress report!

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Million Dollar Decorators

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I don’t know about you but I have been dying for Million Dollar Decorators to start. There was a delay but it is finally going to premiere at the end of the month and I can’t wait!

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I was just excited just to see a new interiors show but the five decorators (Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, and Nathan Turner) came to Atlanta last week to give a talk and they were so entertaining. (Sorry for the bad iphone pic.) I totally see why they were chosen for the show. That’s Veranda editor Dara Caponigro on the far left moderating the panel.

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I’ve loved Martyn Lawrence Bullard forever and he was totally charming. Mary McDonald is just as stunning in person and it turns out that her favorite hotels are the same as mine so I like her that much more. And Kathryn Ireland was hilarious. They all were actually.

So, like I said, I can’t wait. Will you be tuning in? You can see a preview of the show on the Bravo site here.

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Gray Paint Update

Did I really say “……if things go well, maybe the cabinet will even get painted this weekend.”? I must have been high.

Here’s what got accomplished this weekend: I got a ton of swatches and samples:

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I painted some samples and stuck them all over the place:

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(I know they all look white and the same but they’re all different shades of gray.)

I then checked out all the colors about a hundred times to see them in different light at different times of the day. And here’s where things are:

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I’ve managed to narrow the choices down to about 8. As you all know, colors look totally different in person than they do on your monitor so you just have to trust me when I say they really are all gray.

For all of you who want the details, the 8 are:

Farrow & Ball: Cornforth White (the big swatch on the right)
Benjamin Moore: Stonington Gray, Whitestone, AF-695, Smoke Embers (the big swatch on the left)
Richard’s (a regional paint company I just found out about): 0524, 0530, 0539

I chose these 8 because these are the right color value, they aren’t too green or taupe, they go well with the gray on the wall and the hardware on the cabinet. I will make a decision soon, I promise!

“….. maybe the cabinet will even get painted this weekend.” Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha……

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Looking for the Perfect Gray Paint (Again)

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I haven’t been talking much about the dining room (other than finding a light) and the reason is that it has had me stumped. You may remember we got dining room furniture from my parents when they downsized. As much as I am embracing more traditional than ever before, it’s still just too traditional for me.

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I knew that if I painted some of the pieces to break up all the dark wood, it would make a huge difference but the guilt of painting antiques (and just the thought of broaching the topic with my mom) kept me from doing it.

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So I tried modernizing the space in other ways but it just wasn’t getting there. Well, when I was talking to my mom yesterday, I finally just came out with it and guess what? she is fine with me painting! She’s not elated or anything but she’s perfectly okay with it.

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So I will be painting this sideboard:

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and I’ll probably also paint the chairs but we’ll talk about that another day.

(The swatches above are some of the colors I’m considering.) I’ll be making the rounds today for paint swatches and samples and who knows, if things go well, maybe the cabinet will even get painted this weekend.

Have a good one, all!

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