Maybe it is the unseasonably warm weather we are having in Connecticut that is making me itch for Spring and changes. Or it could be me feeling off if I don’t paint something every now and then. As you know we are making some fun changes coming up in our kitchen. Actually my handy-man gave me a date that he can come and I can’t wait for him to get started on the banquette in our kitchen. We also have new roman shades coming for our windows in here. So of course like any home project it snowballs and I decided I needed to paint our kitchen interior door.
BEFORE- Gray from Benjamin Moore
It was a darker gray paint, called Gray from Benjamin Moore. I have loved this color and get asked A LOT what the color is, it is right up there as one of my top questions. I can see why, it is a really good gray paint. But I wanted to lighten it up. The dark gray really wasn’t going to work with the new roman shades that I have coming for this door and window.
So my husband was going to Home Depot for a filter and I told him how “fun” it would be to try a couple of different gray paints on the door. Poor guy and poor use of the word fun for him. Being the great guy he is he took my Benjamin Moore paint deck and had them match the gray paints I wanted to try and mix into little samples. I didn’t see him again until the next day…just kidding. Really it did take longer than just getting a filter.
So he came home with the 5 gray paints and the one white paint sample, just to see if for some odd reason I decided to go with white.
7 Benjamin Moore Paints Tested-
1- Cloud white
2- Wickham gray
3- Gray owl
4- Stonington gray
5- Cliffside gray
7- Gray (already on the door)
Now it is kind of tricky to see a big difference but hopefully this will give you a taste of the the slight variations and also a list of some of my favorite gray paints and my favorite white.
So I decided on one gray paint #2 Gray Owl, the one on the far left. And I started to go to town painting the door, you can see it all along the bottom and up the left side. Then I stood back and I didn’t love it with my wall color (our walls are Cloud Cover from Benjamin Moore). Then I tried the one that my husband liked the most, that I thought was too dark #6 Coventry. It is the one on the left right above the Gray Owl.
Sometimes it is hard to admit- but the husband was right. I liked Coventry best too!
What do you think? What a difference it makes to the space. It feels so much lighter and brighter. Who knew the darkest of all the gray paints we sampled would be my favorite. And I guess compared to what was on the door it is light! And also it only took the 7 oz sample to paint that entire door! So it wasn’t all a waste.
Here are some more pictures of the door painted in Coventry- you know because you need to see every angle.
AFTER- Coventry from Benjamin Moore
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