Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Gray Dining Room with Behr Silver Screen Paint

I love my new gray walls. On Saturday, my parents helped me paint my dining room and entry hall. The red dining area was dramatic, but what once reminded me of Amelie was beginning to just feel dark and weird. We used BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Paint & Primer In One, in Silver Screen. Doesn't that name sound like Best Paint Ever Hyperbole & Repetition? That's okay, because it is the best. Just two coats covered the red perfectly. It went on thickly but smoothly, cleaned up easily, and dried quickly. I was a Benjamin Moore snob in the past, but I'll definitely use BEHR again.
Paint: BEHR Silver Screen
Elvis Costello Poster: Boss Construction
Table: Heywood Wakefield via Southern Thrift
Wall Unit, Chairs, and Milk Glass: Pre to Post Modern
It's a tricky color to photograph, and the first picture captures the color best. It's a pale, cool bluish-gray. Some of these pictures make it look slightly purple, but it doesn't look that way in person. It's so fresh! I'm excited because it makes my old things look new to me again. Everything pops and looks so clean. And the dining room opens into the living room, and the new color harmonizes with the darker gray in there.


The shelves got a makeover, too. I bought the milk glass a few months ago in an insane thrifting fit, and I never posted pictures because I couldn't make it look right. I kept trying to put it in the wall unit and on the shelves, but it looked wonky. Too much like Mom's china cabinet. I mean... I love you, Mom! But I like this more casual arrangement. Books and a dinosaur conquering Jane Austen make everything better. Oh, and I spray painted that teapot white. I bought it for $3 at the flea market because I liked its shape, but it was a really ugly cream color that clashed with the milk glass. I'm diggin' it in white, though.
Hello, my pretties. I use the term "milk glass" loosely--a lot of these are marked AVON. But aren't they nice?

It's not really this purple. I promise.

The new color makes two design problems painfully obvious: The kitchen table and light fixture have got to go! The light fixture seemed like a good idea five years ago, when I wanted to channel Amelie and hadn't yet honed my taste, but it looks awful with the Danish modern wall unit and chairs. The red paint was so crazy, it sort of hid that, but now the light fixture stands out too much.

And the kitchen table was a good buy ($80 for Heywood-Wakefield?!) when I was a broke grad student and needed a table--any table! But the turned legs and those clashing wood finishes don't look right. It's a shame, because that table is built like a tank. In my dream world, I'd buy a Saarinen Tulip Table for this space, but $1,800?! Dream on. IKEA and CB2 make tulip table knockoffs that look good, but the reviews aren't great. I don't want a wobbly table, or a tabletop that scratches when I just look at it! Do you think painting the legs on this table white and refinishing the tabletop to match the wall unit and chairs would help? I'll probably try it. It can't get much worse!

I think I might reupholster the chairs, too. Even though Apartment Therapy likes my blue velvet chairs, I'm bored with them. This area is looking really masculine, so I want something more girly on the chairs. Perhaps a delicate black floral on a white background? What would you use?
I admit it: The dog crate normally goes under the Elvis Costello poster. THIS IS SO STAGED.
Hey, it's adorable pet time! Stella posed for me while I shot the first few pictures, and when she wandered off, Cadet was like Hey, I'm really cute too! Look at me! and posed in the exact same spot. Who's cuter? VOTE!

13 comments:

  1. hi there!! thanks for commenting on the blog today. and silver screen is very similar to BM's silver satin of which i have on many of the walls in my house.
    xo
    jenny aka MFAMB aka your mom

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    1. I actually got a little giddy when I saw you like it. In my mind you're a blog superstar diva rockstar. Who might poop in my heart if I choose something ugly. Hey, what kind of textiles are you using with BM's Silver Satin?

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  2. "What would you do?"
    I would let Keith decide on wether "girly" is the way to go for this not a bit too masculine corner ...

    Martin Zieren
    (and yes, I have no clue about interior design :-)

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    1. Hahaha! Oh, Martin. I'm glad you're reading. Since the Zierens in Illinois have been running a furniture store for so long, I thought interior design skills ran in the family. I guess not, very interesting...

      Honestly, if I asked Keith about fabric he'd just startled and say, "What?" over and over. But if I ask him to fix my computer, he can do THAT very well. :)

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  3. I would love to see pale yellow and white upholstery on your chairs. Maybe paisley? But I love yellow and gray, so I am bias.
    -lily

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    1. That sounds pretty! Right now I'm undecided about the chair fabric. I imagine something will jump out at me when I visit the fabric store. A bright pop art print might be fun. And I LOVE paisley, yes! Hmm, so many choices to make...

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  4. Oh, I love your blue velvet chairs, but I totally understand why you'd be tired of them. Did you upholster them yourself? If you did... where did you get the velvet? I suddenly want to upholster my new chairs in a 60 yellow velvet, yeeeeah!

    I also love the idea of yellow/white upholstery with those grey walls. That would be so pretty! And also really feminine, haa.

    Also, my vote is on the cat :)

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    1. Yes, I upholstered it with fabric I had *originally* used to "wallpaper" my cubicle when I worked in a buttugly cubefarm. I used to work in an office building that had once been a Dollar General Store. *shudder* The fabric came from Jo-Ann's in Cool Springs in 2006. It was hiding in the bottom of the remnant bin, and I paid about $10 for it. That seemed like a lot at the time, but it's held up SO WELL. Even the cat can't destroy it!

      Woo, I like votes for the cat. She's mah BABY.

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  5. The milk glass, whether real or fake, really stands out in such a wonderful way against the walls. I love the chairs, and I think reupholstering them would be a way to add some more feminine prints or color into the room. They are such a fab design.

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    1. Thank you!! :) I'm still debating fabric choices. A lot of people are voting for yellow. Upholstery grade fabric is often so ugly; I just hope I can find something fresh and modern that isn't $30 a yard. :-/

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  6. That milk glass is absolutely wonderful! And I'm head over heels in love with that hutch! The room looks absolutely lovely!

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    1. Thanks! That wall unit was the best Craigslist find EVER. :D This week I'm refinishing the tabletop to match it, so things will look a bit more cohesive. Pictures will be up soon!

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  7. Love the walls!! I've wanted to try gray for a while, but couldn't muster the courage. Perhaps I will now because yours look beautiful! Cute doggie too, Pomeranian?

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