Paint is up on the walls in the new dining room and it. is. dramatic!
I knew I wanted a dark, grey-green for the walls and could visualize the perfect color in my head. However, it proved a little difficult to chase down that color in real life.
Go to the hardware store looking for “white” paint and there are literally hundreds of variations of white to choose from. Want a medium-dark green? Well, there’s “Barney-the-dinosaur’s-tummy” and “the-90’s-ate-my-baby-hunter-green” to choose from… (Apparently, it is asking too much to find a cool-toned green that doesn’t want to start partying with mauve like it’s 1992.)
Well Martha Stewart saved the day.
Admit it: we love Martha Stewart. And we hate Martha Stewart. And we love to hate Martha Stewart. But homegirl has one sophisticated paint line at Home Depot!
When I want a color that doesn’t look like it came out of children’s crayon box (even one of those awesome 120 count Crayola boxes), I find myself reaching again and again for those MS Living paint chips. Most of the colors have a “muddy” quality to them that adds sophistication. [By the way, Martha is so not paying me to promote her paint color line. I wish! Darn her good taste and dynastic capabilities and complete obliviousness to my existence.]
Yeah, new paint color. I dig it.
(Except for that weird header trim thing above the fireplace. I am not so certain about that in these pictures… Should I paint it out to match the wall?)
Maybe you’ve noticed that the fireplace also had a bit of a makeover…
So much better now!
Fun story. After hearing about how much brick just sucks up paint, I bought an entire gallon of flat black paint to be safe. And used approximately 1/10 of it. If that.
The fireplace was fine after one coat! I brushed it on with a Purdy angled brush and used a little craft paint brush to poke into any cracks and crevices.
I then gave it a second coat to use up some extra paint and feel better about myself.
I now have lots and lots of flat black paint leftover.
I am still torn on what color to paint the chairs. (I know, *so* yesterday’s news. Sorry for my indecisiveness.)
I have this fabric headed my way to reupholster the seats:
So black totally makes sense in my head. But I don’t want to make everything too dark, so white is still fighting for its place. But black… A nice graphite-y, satin-matte black! The turmoil!
So that’s all for the dining room currently…
Just kidding, I totally have secret projects up my sleeve that I’ve cleverly managed to mask in the photos above – muahahaha. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen sneak peeks. If you follow me on Instagram (hint, hint) you may see more…