Disclosure: this post may contain affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you decide to make a purchase through one of my links, at no cost to you.
It’s an art, I tell ya…
This was the view in my kitchen last night. I’m down to the final contenders.
But let’s back up a second to the primer. You know when you read review after review after review online, pick the primer that you’re 100% sure is the right primer for the job, and then spend hours trying to find a damn retailer in the state that isn’t A) closed down B) falsely reporting to the manufacturer that they carry it or C) has a disconnected phone line?
I do. After spending a day and a half thinking that my only resort might be spending twenty bucks to ship the primer to my doorstep, I finally found it: a local retailer that not only carried the primer and the paint brands that I plan to use (for those wondering, it’s Zinsser Smart Prime and Benjamin Moore Advance), but they also offered to call me when the next shipment of the primer came in. And then they called me back the same afternoon to tell me that they had been mistaken – they had three gallons already in stock, and one would be waiting for me when I arrived.
Hooray for the little things, amIright? Gregory’s Paint & Flooring, you rock. When I got there, I quickly found my primer and grabbed a few paint swatches to round out my already growing collection of options for dark gray hues. And then I was apparently so pleased with finding my primer that I then forgot about the swatches in my purse until after the sun set.
I suppose it’s for the best, though. Considering my full schedule, I don’t see these cabinets much during daylight hours. So picking the paint colors based on how they look at night probably isn’t the worst thing in the world. Especially since it helped me eliminate the ones that looked to be so perfect in the store but were definitely way too dark as I continued my stare down.
Pictured here are my top three options: Valspar’s Porcelain Shale, Martha Stewart’s Seal, and Benjamin Moore’s Amherst Gray. I sat for a good twenty minutes moving the swatches from drawer to drawer, just to see if they changed hues on me in the kitchen light. But I’m fairly certain I know the winner. I’ll take one more look in the morning just to make sure. It’s also hard to picture when all of the surroundings are still so dark (and a good portion of them are going to lighten up significantly with new paint, backsplash, etc.). Which do you think you’d go with?