Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mini Kitchen Makeover: I Sort of Hate the Word Greige



 

At some point over the past couple of weeks of doing this mini kitchen update (I'm hoping for a bigger kitchen update sometime soon, as discussed here) I realized that my kitchen could now be a museum exhibit from the future: "Typical Blogger's House, c. 2013." Granite countertops. Farmhouse table. Chalkboard Wall. And now....greige walls. Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter, specifically.

I didn't mean to paint the walls Revere Pewter. I was resistant because everyone talks about how awesome it is, and I didn't want to do the same thing as everyone.

Also, apparently, I really wanted a paint color that was named after an animal, because I went to Benjamin Moore and came back with samples of Gray Horse and Gray Owl:


That's Gray Owl on the left, and Gray Horse on the right. I liked them both, but neither of them was really right for this room.

The kitchen is one of the rooms that had been updated by the former owners. The cabinets and counter tops and backsplash are all newer, good quality stuff. But not what I would have picked and kind of limiting in some ways. The cabinets are a light colored, sort of orangey wood. The granite is gray-brown speckly. The backsplash is, I believe, tumbled marble--really nice and really....tan.

I've had a really hard time picking a color for this room. I've been gravitating toward cooler colors, lots of blues, for most of the house, but that just wasn't going to work in here. So I liked Gray Owl, but it was too silvery and cool to go with the tile and counter tops in the kitchen. Gray Horse was closer, but it was a little dark and looked too green in some light.

The worst thing about Benjamin Moore is that they don't sell a true sample size of paint. You have to buy a pint, and they cost something like $8. This can add up very quickly when you have no idea what paint color you want.

So after those two didn't work out, I just went all in and bought a whole gallon of Revere Pewter. I had been looking at it online in 100 different rooms for pretty much a full year, after all, so I figured I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.

And.....

Well. You know how sometimes after you've painted a room, every time you walk into that room you're struck by how different and awesome it looks? Yeah. That didn't happen. It went from a  neutral yellow to a  neutral beige-y gray.

Which is not to say I'm unhappy with it. I think it's exactly what the kitchen demanded. The main thing Revere Pewter has going for it is that it's truly, truly neutral. It has no blue or pink or green undertones like a lot of grays and beiges and taupes do. It is all tan and gray. And it's very pleasant. It's just hard to get excited about it. I know some people manage to, based on all of the glowing Revere Pewter reviews online. I'm just not a very....neutral person.

One thing I'll give it--I totally and completely understand why someone had to invent the word greige now. As soon as it went up, I was all, "it's gray! no, it's beige! gray! beige!" It's pretty much impossible to decide. As near as I can figure, it looks more gray the more natural light is hitting it.

So here it is:


I took it from this angle so you can see the granite and cabinets in the same shot with the walls.


And here's the other side of the kitchen, as clean as it ever gets!


So there you can see it right up against the cabinets on that one wall on the far left, and also next to the backsplash. I think this is a good representation, too, of how it looks much beiger without natural light. This half of the kitchen only has that one window that goes into the sunroom; it's very dark without the overhead lights on. The other half has the big bay window to gray things up. Although the bay window goes to the screen porch, so still not as bright as it could be. And as it WILL be if I get my wish to knock the wall out there. I guess I should mention that the gray side of Revere Pewter is my favorite side, so I'm hoping to bring it out more by bringing in more natural light. Someday.

Oh, one more thing re: paint. I sent Dave out to buy the paint, and he had to go to not our regular Benjamin Moore store, because that one's closed on Sundays. I told him I usually ask for the "middle" quality paint. So when he came back with this "Regal" paint that cost nearly $50 (!), I thought he'd totally been scammed. We usually pay more like $35. But I have to say--that paint? was incredible. We didn't prime, just slapped a coat on there, and there was no question that one coat was plenty. This never happens to us. We always have to at least go back over big portions with a second coat, even if we don't redo the whole thing. Also, we barely touched the gallon, between the amazing coverage and how most of the kitchen is cabinets and windows and such. I think I could paint my whole house with the rest of the gallon. Not really. But definitely my den. And I just might.

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24 comments:

  1. I think the colour looks so much better than the yellow. I especially like it in the photos with the natural light from the window and with the colour of your farmhouse table.

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    1. Definitely better than the yellow! I'm slowly de-yellowing this house :)

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  2. Well we have a rule in our house and that is to call our walls gray if you want to get invited back. Call it beige if you don't like us :) That's how I got around that whole greige issue :)

    Isn't it amazing how gray just calms all those yellows way down. It's like a big gallon of "shhhh". I love it!

    I really like your cabinet doors with the board going down the middle! :)

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    1. lol--a useful rule! yeah, the cabinets are different, aren't they? I like them, too...I always feel weird talking about the kitchen stuff that someone else picked out (before we've always just had builder grade stuff when we moved in, so it wasn't an issue)...like the old owners have just gone to the bathroom or something, and they'll be back any second....I guess I need to get over that!

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  3. It looks awesome!!! I know you aren't jumping up and down but it does seriously look fantastic!!! I too have this color...it's just easy on the eyes in our main room...Loving the kitchen girl!

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    1. ah ha! your room is one of the hundred I looked at :). Yeah, it's a pleasant color...I just need to find more ways to add color in other parts of the room, I think.

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  4. I like the Revere Pewter... but maybe I'm biased because I grew up in a city called Revere. lol :)

    Greige generally just confused me until I put it up in my own home and was so amazed that I could decorate with brown tones or black tones- THE POSSIBILITIES! haha

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    1. Ha! I've been to Revere! And to Paul Revere's house....twice. Maybe that's why I picked it. Yeah, my friend asked when I was painting, "does it go with the cabinets?" and I was like, "umm...I think it goes with EVERYTHING."

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  5. Love the new paint color! It's so pretty! Great tip on the paint quality, too!

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  6. I know neutral isn't very exciting, but honestly, it is beautiful. It really sets the tone and let's everything else to the talking. Your table is gorgeous. Everything looks really really wonderful. I'm thinking of going with a very very similar paint color for our living/dining/kitchen area. It's just better to err on the side of neutral in my opinion.

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    1. Thanks, Kenz! I think maybe embracing neutrals is part of growing up....and it's probably about time I did that ;).

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  7. your kitchen is very nice and I really like the new color, much better than the yellow, your color looks a lot like the one I chose for my kitchen too! :-)
    Ingrid

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  8. beautiful!!! Our Ben Moore store is closed on Sundays too... glad you found a new paint you like! The Regal is awesome

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! Don't they know that sometimes we have to paint RIGHT NOW, even on Sundays?! ;)

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  9. Actually, that new color is perfect for your kitchen! It brings warmth and comfort and makes you want to be in there. Unless, of course, you are the one that lives there are don't want to be in there. LOL

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    1. Thanks! If only I could keep it as clean as I got it for the pictures....maybe then I wouldn't mind being in there all the time :)

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  10. Ten years ago I was crazy about beige and now like everyone else I'm really liking greige too! I like it and your kitchen still shows off your personality so it's not like everyone else! I would love it if you could link up this post to my blog hop--we love seeing DIY projects like this. Just click on Carrie This Home above. Thank you!

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  11. I love the new colour! Nice and fresh!

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  12. I've heard and seen so much of Revere Pewter and it's so nice to see it in your great photos...love it!

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