The Perfect Gray

Ok, even though I’m in the process of painting over this gray in my home (not because it’s a bad gray, I’ve just decided to go a different direction) I’ve had numerous requests for the formula for it. For all who’ve asked, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to post it. Here you go:




The Changing Of Colors Continued…


Remember that Benjamin Moore Gray Horse color that was painted on my Living Room wall for maybe a day or two? Yea, it was too blue, and I thus went on my Gray paint extravaganza (spoiler alert: yes, that gray has since changed…haha seriously someone get me some ‘I paint my house too much’ help). If you missed my Gray Issues post, see it HERE.

Well since I had purchased a gallon, I found a home for the Gray Horse… behold, the powder room that we get a lot of compliments on, but hadn’t done a single thing to since we moved into the house…


Nothing horrible, but the green wasn’t my favorite. Nor was the lighting and lace. So, enter Gray Horse stage left….



Picked up these two light fixtures at Ikea and gosh they make a world of a difference. Also picked up the frame and art insert seen above.



Even though the lace is gone, I still need to replace the window treatment. Roll down shades just don’t do it for me. Oh, and the door knob. Honestly, I kinda like that it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, however it isn’t working functionally and we actually had people get stuck in our powder room! Quite embarrassing (and yet hilarious) when you’re throwing a 50th birthday party for your parents. Too many phone calls from the bathroom being made in our house. Not good. See all the details of the party HERE.


Powder Room To-Do List:

  • Replace window treatment – maybe nix a treatment and stencil frost the window instead?
  • Replace or spray paint the towel bar
  • Replace the light switch cover plate
  • Replace the door knob (spoiler – this has been done! – update soon!)
  • Paint the ceiling white ??
  • Paint the sink base and mirror (gray? white?)
  • Update the toilet with a white low-flow, ‘green’ one
  • Sand down the door so it closes easier
  • Paint trim & door
  • Tile floor with a nice dark slate tile


As you can see from my list there’s a lot of ‘Replace’ and replace takes money, which in my case means this isn’t happening overnight. Still debating on if I should paint the ceiling white and/or the sink base and mirror. Any thoughts?



Fall: The Changing Of Colors (a few times over)

Ok, so way back when we bought the house, the walls were green and the trim a pinkish, yellowish white. blah. So last you’ve seen (other than the sneaky peaks of wall decor updates that clearly gave colors away) this is what we were left with.

Before we even moved in, I had wanted grey walls and a blue dining room. Why? Well I’m weird I guess, but that’s just what I wanted. I thought light grey walls in the living room and a darker blue in the dining room would have a nice contrast and compliment each other. And so I continued to paint the living room Porpoise by Behr.

Please ignore the yellow color on the right, that has nothing to do with anything Traub Mansion. But this is a googled picture of the color swatch because, well….Porpoise didn’t stay long. I don’t even think it lasted a week. (and the only picture I took of it was on my old crackberry (which I didn’t seem to send to the new iphone when I switched over to the good side) Once it went up on the wall it looked lavender. Not grey. Fail. All it took was asking two of Ryan’s friends what color the walls were when they first came to visit the house and I had my answer: Home Depot and on to more painting.

I guess the light lavender had me screaming inside, and I went the total opposite as to not make the same mistake twice and went dark (blueish) grey. Enter Behr Dark Ash:

Note the old curtain solution! Ugh, why was updating those not closer to the top of my list. I think we lived with our windows like that for far too long. But the roll down shade and dirty-as-hell lace curtains just weren’t cutting it….

You can also see above the change in the dining room (obviously not blue anymore) and the addition of the Lack Ikea shelves (man do I luuurve them!)

And so the walls stayed this Dark Ash for well over a year until I got the painting itch again at the beginning of October. (Yes, I’ve been a little busy and this update is coming not so up-to-date).

I still had the desire for a grey living room. And something not so cave like. Our lack of lighting in the living room and only getting northern and western light in the room didn’t help much either. So I hit up my Benjamin Moore paint deck and found a new love. Gray Horse.

Ah, she seemed like the perfect grey-beige. I spent many a night googleing (funny how that’s a verb now…) other rooms that had been painted the same color. Gosh it seemed perfect!

Crisp, clean, fresh and most importantly GRAY!

And so a can of paint I bought and I immediately put it on one wall (just to be safe!)
A little blue, am I right? Why oh why me!? Ok so even though Home Depot had the Benjamin Moore color in their system, I have this gut feeling it wasn’t mixed correctly. But alas, instead of fixing the coloring issue, I went back to the drawing color swatch board.

I just wanted straight gray. No red or purple or blue hue added. My answer, I went to a color swatch book that I acquired in college and took out all the grays. I picked the ones that went best with the beige in the dining room, taped them to the wall and picked my favorite. Home Depot did a color match for me and although I was shocked to see that the color match had colors other than black (the swatch was pure gray – good old Color Theory class) I went with it anyway. I mean how was I going to get closer other than having them only add black to a can of white (which was bound to come off more blue anyway – black tends to do that with interior paint). If anyone fancies this color – I will certainly share my mixture recipe they gave me (and I kept for future reference)

I took the same approach and just painted the walls (2 coats each) one at a time. Here’s an array of progress photos…. (thinking I may have to spray paint my deer head – something about the orange just isn’t clicking….)

That’s about as nuts as my living room has looked in a long time. I’ll be sure to upload a final, put-back-in place photo soon. As for the left over Gray Horse? Well I used up the rest of that too….where? Ah, you’ll have to wait and see…

What are your thoughts? Are you loving/hating the new gray? Does anyone else out there have as many gray issues as I?!?