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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kendall Charcoal in our Dining Room


I hope you all have had a lovely weekend. When we first started making over this room I knew I wanted to wallpaper the upper half of the walls but I couldn't find anything that was quite right so I just quickly painted the walls a light color so at least they has something. (You can see lighter color here). I actually ended up really loving the light color (Gray Owl at 75%) so I didn't mind it being up for a while. In fact if you are looking for a light gray with a bluish undertone I would highly recommend it. It's one of my favorite colors and I would use it again in a heartbeat.

After hunting for a year and a half now I still haven't quite found what I want for wallpaper in this room. (I have for other rooms, if you look under the "Our Home" tab up top you can see we've wallpapered the girls room, the playroom and two bathrooms and also the bedroom in NH). So, this past week I decided to at least finally paint the walls a darker color to give it a little more of a bold look. I used Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore which has always been one of my favorites colors.  I used their Aura line in a matte finish. We used this same color in our master bedroom quite a few years ago at our last house and then in Jason's home office. And we also have painted a couple pieces of furniture with it.

Once I painted the walls I took some of our black and white images from some other rooms and used them in here to go with the dark walls. However, about an hour after I took these pictures I ended up changing things around. Although I love how they look against the dark walls I didn't really like how they looked with out furniture. It felt like the styles competed too much with each other. I played around with it some more though and got rid of all the black and white images and brought in an oil painting and a new sign and now I think I like it much better.  I'll try to take some photos in the next week or so once I finish tweaking it and share them. For now though you can at least see the darker walls!















Source List 

Wall Color - Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore in Matte Finish
Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Chandelier - Savvy in Williamsburg, VA
Farmhouse Table - I made it using this plan from Ana White's site. Stained with Rustoleum's Weathered Gray and Minwax's Provincial
End Chairs and Side Chairs - World Market
Tufted Bench - Home Goods
Side Chairs next to Sideboard - Joss and Main
Large Black and White Tree Picture - Pottery Barn about 12 years ago
Mirror - Restoration Hardware (six or seven years ago but I think they still sell it)
Drapery Panels - IKEA Ritva Panels 
Drapery Rods - Lowe's
Sideboard - The Velvet Shoestring (consignment shop - then painted with AS's French Linen chalk paint from Lady Butterbug)
Urn on Sideboard - from a shop I worked at years ago
Black and White Frame - Maybe Hobby Lobby? Not sure, have had it for forever
Pitcher with Flowers on Sideboard - Target
Dinnerware - Mikasa, French Countryside Collection
Chargers - Pottery Barn (seven years ago) 
Urn on Table - from Seasons in Williamsburg on clearance about six years ago
Flowers - Trader Joe's
Rolling Cart - I made it. You can find our tutorial here. And we stained it with: Rustoleum's Weathered Gray and Minwax's Provincial
Painting on top of Rolling Cart - Savvy in Williamsburg (about six years ago)
Pitcher on top of Rolling Cart - gift from Spring Mill, Indiana
Antlers - World Market
Items on Top Shelf of Rolling Cart -
            cup holder/drying rack - World Market
            mugs on the cup holder  - Mikasa, French Countryside Collection
            pitcher - JoAnn Fabric's
            marble topped cake stand - World Market
            Urn - Seasons in Williamsburg years ago on clearance
Items on Middle Shelf of Rolling Cart - 
            Serving Bowl - was a wedding gift
            basket - Joss and Main
            dishes - Pottery Barn (Emma Collection - was a wedding gift)
Items on Bottom Shelf - 
            small white square cake plate - Williams Sonoma (was a wedding gift)
            pitcher - HomeGoods
            cake stand - Pottery Barn (Emma Collection - was a wedding gift)
            silver tiered tray on top of the small squared cake plate - Target
            
I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

40 comments:

  1. The room looks spectacular...I wish I were brave enough to use the color. Everything I have seen from your blog looks wonderful.

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  2. Simply amazing! I'm definitely going to give chalk paint a try. Can you tell me what height your chair rail molding is?

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    1. Thanks, Pam! I think its just about 36" high.

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  3. Simply gorgeous. Can't wait to see how you ended up loving it because this is really great too!!
    Marcy

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  4. Love the darker gray in your dining room! You have enough white and wood tones to pull it off...your whole house looks great!

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  5. It looks lovely! I enjoy seeing both the lighter and darker shades. Personally, I love the lighter shade. Soft and sumptuous

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  6. I love the colors of the walls....the dining room is so warm, cozy and elegant!

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  7. I love the darker color. It adds drama. I say yes for the oil painting.

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  8. Absolutely love that color! Must save this when I need a perfect charcoal gray.

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  9. Gorgeous!!!! I am loving the darker color. You are an huge inspiration!! Love your blog.
    Stephanie

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  10. Love it!!! Reminds me of your old home!

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  11. I love this color, and if we ever move, ill definitely use it again. I think what I like about it is how crisp the white looks against it. You did a great job in this room, now it's making me want to paint another room in my home Kendall charcoal ;)

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  12. It's PERFECT!!...love the contrast with the whites....you must be loving being in there....just did a big paint redo in our little master bedroom...come and see...have a great day, Mariaelena

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  13. I absolutely love your home! I read your blog all the time. I was just wondering what color hardware you put on your black doors? By the way, love your new wall color!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! We used oil rubbed bronze for the doorknobs in this room.

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  14. This is so beautiful . I want to paint everything in this color. Simply stunning room.

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  15. I love the black and white photos in there, but what do I know? :)

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  16. Does it have any undertone colors ?

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    1. Hi! Sometimes it looks like it has a little navy to it and sometimes a little brown, but mostly it looks kind of charcoal.

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  17. This is absolutely stunning! I need to catch up on all the pretty things you've done!

    Cindy

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  18. Do you know if home goods still has bench available?

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    1. Each store will have different items in stock, so theres no way of knowing--but its definitely worth a look!

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  19. I am definitely using this charcoal gray in our short sale we will (hopefully) close on. In one of the photos, it features your hallway area. What color is the coat closet/bi-fold doors? A deep brown? Or, the same color? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Donna! The doors are painted Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore.

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  20. My wife loves this room and asked that I build the same farmhouse table for our dining room. The table is built and now it is time to stain it. What was your process for applying the two types of stain?

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    1. Hi, Rob! We just used a rag and applied the gray stain first and then as soon as we finished began applying the brown right on top of it.

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  21. I wanted to let you know that your blog was my inspiration for my own dining room! I had planned on using Kendall Charcoal as my wall color, and when I Googled that, your blog popped up. I copied your curtains and black and white photo idea. I also gave you credit in my blog here: http://amberandmattparsons.blogspot.com/

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  22. Love your chandelier! How high are your ceilings? I am trying to determine chandelier sizing. Thanks!

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    1. Hi! Jenni's ceilings are 8 feet.

      -Jason

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  23. What brand is the chandelier? Beautiful room!

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    1. Hi, Erin! Unfortunately we don't have the brand information, but if you contact Savvy (www.savvyinwilliamsburg.com) they should be able to help you out!

      -Jason

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  24. I,too, have painted my dining room Kendall Charcoal. I am having difficulty with an entryway paint color. What paint color did you use in the entry?

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    1. Hi! Jenni's used the color Moonshine by Benjamin Moore in her entry.

      -Jason

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  25. Do you know approx the diminsions of your chandelier? And how tall are your ceilings? I love this look, just worried to get a chandelier too big for my space!

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    1. Hi! Jenni has 8' ceilings and she thinks her chandelier is about 36" wide. Here is a link to the slightly smaller version of that chandelier which should have dimensions listed: http://bit.ly/29i3M5g

      -Jason

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  26. I'm so in love with your table but I'm having a hard time replicating the stain :( What type of wood is it (pine?). How many coats did you do - just one grey and one provincial? Did you use a wood conditioner first before staining? Did you distress at all? And did you put any top coat on like a polyurethane? Sorry for so many questions but I absolutely adore your table!!!

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    1. Thanks, Dayna! Jenni used pine wood and just applied the gray stain first and then as soon as she finished began applying the brown right on top of it (no conditioner or distressing). Stain colors can be difficult to replicate as every piece of wood is going to take the stain slightly differently, but I would definitely recommend trying out the colors on scrap wood first until you get it the way you like it.

      Hope this helps!

      -Jason

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  27. I absolutely love this space! I know you said the mirror is from RH but can you tell me which one it is and the size? I love it! Thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you! I checked with Jenni but she honestly couldn't remember much about it (she purchased it about 10 years ago).

      -Jason

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