This weekend I actually did something right on the first try!  I’m obviously not talking about the front hall wall color, which took 3 tries.  I’m talking about mixing my own hue of paint!  I mean, I’ve been doing that forever when I create art.  But I’ve never done it with wall paint before.  I was inspired by Jo at Let’s Face the Music who gave me the courage to believe I could do it – thanks, Jo!

The first color I painted the front hall was Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal:

painting the front entrance hall benjamin moore kendall charcoal        benjamin moore kendall charcoal

Too dark.

The second color I painted the front hall was Benjamin Moore Marina Gray:

front hall walls painted benjamin moore marina gray        benjamin moore marina gray

Too blue.

I had considered other colors, like Benjamin Moore Portland Gray or Pashmina, but ultimately decided to try lightening up my leftover Kendall Charcoal.  I went to the Benjamin Moore store and bought a gallon of white base paint and a 3 gallon plastic bucket.  I had about ¾ quart of Kendall Charcoal leftover from painting the hall back in March.  I poured about half of it into the 3 gallon bucket.  Then I poured what I thought would be a good amount of the white base paint into the bucket [probably a quart, to a quart and a half] and mixed it up.  I compared the color of the original Kendall Charcoal with the new hybrid mix on a paint stick:

223a        223b2

It looked perfect, so I tested it on the wall:

223c2        223d

It looked really good with the slate!  Hubby and I decided to go for it, so I covered my precious slate floor with contractor’s paper:

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And put on 2 coats.  It looks really good!

painting the front hall a hybrid mix of kendall charcoal and white        painting the front hall a hybrid mix of kendall charcoal and white

painting the front hall a hybrid mix of kendall charcoal and white        painting the front hall a hybrid mix of kendall charcoal and white

The color is now fairly close to Benjamin Moore Storm:

benjamin moore storm

The interior of the closet is still Kendall Charcoal – I like the contrast.

I also finished the closet shelf!  I primed it a few weeks ago, and this weekend I painted it.  I also used the iron-on wood veneer on the front edge.  Here’s the before, and halfway through ironing on the veneer:

223j        223k

And here’s the finished edge [which I painted white], and the shelf back in the closet [thanks to hubby!]:

223l        223m

Yay!!!  So now the floor, walls and closet shelf are done.  Next up is re-painting the trim and ceiling, and dealing with the rusty door.  We will most likely be replacing the door.

Here’s a pic I took in our yard before work last week:

moon over ebsco and the ipswich river

Happy November, everyone!  Meh.

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  1. I like the new color! BM paint is expensive, so I’m glad you could use the old, darker gray. The Ipswich looks a little bleak and wimpy this time of year, huh? Better than a flood, though. We’ve had dumping rain and some rivers are flooding (not near our house though).

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