Continuing with our painting, we’ve tackled perhaps the most complicated area yet: the hallway. The hall goes from the kitchen/living room to the front door up the stairs then down to the bedrooms. As I outlined in this post we selected Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter for the hallway.
Originally I was completely convinced that I wanted Revere Pewter in the kitchen/living room area. After looking at the swatch in various areas of the room, I loved it in the kitchen area and was underwhelmed in the living room. While it looked perfectly greige against the dark counters it looked much to beige against the oatmeal colored chairs and the curtains we’ve already purchased that pull in more of the oatmeal color.
However, we both really liked the color and hated to not use it somewhere. The perfect solution seemed like the hallway it would help tie in a lot of the more gray colors we’d chosen with the beige carpet that’s upstairs in the bedroom. However, before we could start there was A LOT of prep work to do, much more than in the dining room.
Instead of nail pops there were lots and lots of screw pops that looked like this:
See the screw trying to work its way out of the wall? The big problem with this is you can’t patch it as is… you have to dig the drywall off the screw –
then tighten the screw –
then patch the screw –
Allow the compound to dry, sand it then repeat 2 to 3 more times. Needless to say that took a couple of days. Once that was complete the cutting in could start. Ken set up an adjustable ladder on the stairs so that he could get to the ceiling above the stairwell.
this made me kind of nervous… glad I didn’t have to get up there. I’m not comfortable with heights and this probably would have made me hyperventilate. Luckily Ken is braver than I am and accomplished this while I was at work.
Once he got to this point and I arrived home we kind of just stood there and stared it a while. What we were both thinking is “Uh Oh… this looks DARK.” We both thought it would be lighter. But we bought several gallons of this color so no backing out now… the cutting in must continue!
Once it was complete we were both still a little unsure. Did we make a mistake? Is it going to be really dark? This is such a large portion of the house what if we don’t like it? Is it really as dark as it looks, or does it appear dark because we’ve been living in a white box for so long? (I was hoping this was the case.) Only one way to find out roll it and finish it – reserve final judgement until its done.
Good thing we forged on because it’s awesome.
I love how it pops off the white trim, and once the entire wall was done it didn’t appear too dark at all. For comparison sake here is where the hall meets the dining room (also a great shot of how annoyingly close the window is to the trim… but that’s another story)
We’re very excited that we’re starting to inject some of our personality and style into the place!
December 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm
I came across your blog on Pinterest. We painted our dining room Coventry gray and looking to do foyer and hallway, like yours, in revere pewter but I don’t see that color scheme a lot so was nervous to try it. I’m horrible with decor and colors! Anyway, are you still happy with the color choices?
December 14, 2016 at 8:51 am
Hi Cwise80 – yes we are still very happy with our color choices! The Revere Pewter and Coventry Gray compliment each other very well. The warmer tones in the Revere Pewter help keep everything from looking too cold and pull in the wood floors while allowing us to use either warm or cool toned accessories around the house. Best of luck!
September 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm
Hi Daniella,everything looks great with all color schemes through out the house,what color gray on the hallway?
September 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm
Hi Yogi, the color on the walls is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
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March 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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February 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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February 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm
My information is based solely on my own opinions. I did a lot of research online to look for paint colors that I thought would work in our house then we went to the store for paint swatches to bring home to help finalize our decisions. So far we are happy with all the colors we’ve picked. Good luck on your mission!
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