Name: Andi Forker
Type of Project: Kitchen Renovation — full gut remodel
Location: San Francisco, California
Type of building: 1890's Victorian condo
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We spent this week painting. This is our hallway, the painting project that enamored us of Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe (the top field). Lamproom Gray by Farrow & Ball is in the bottom field.
Here is our full list of colors:
Lamproom Gray by Farrow & Ball in modern emulsion for the textured wall paper (historic Lincrusta)
Halo by C2 Paint in semi-gloss for the trim
Pearl by C2 Paint in flat finish for the ceiling & stove nook
Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball in estate eggshell for the vintage buffet & hutch (not yet painted)
This is our kitchen at the beginning of the week, now opened up to the hallway on the left.
"House Beautiful: Colors for Your Home" is a little book in which accomplished designers reveal their go-to colors (much like the column in the magazine). It gives me great ideas and has never led me astray. I regularly give it as a housewarming gift and everyone tells me how helpful it is, which of course I already know. It was in this book’s pages that I first read about Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe two years ago when picking colors for my serpentine Victorian hallway (you can read about that process here).
Down Pipe is dark charcoal; chalky like a blackboard and sooty like a spent campfire. It is definitely a leap of faith to paint a room almost-black, but I am sure glad we bought a sample pot and tested it. We ended up painting the top field of our hallway in Down Pipe and it quickly became our favorite color in the apartment. Now that the kitchen is open to the hall, it makes sense to expand the Down Pipe onto the kitchen walls. I think it will provide crisp contrast with our white cabinets, trim, and ceiling, and give the kitchen a sophisticated, urban vibe.
I tested a few colors before picking Oval Room Blue for the vintage buffet (bottom color). Oval Room Blue has a Swedish county-look that I like, and also pops against the gray walls.
We painted Down Pipe on all walls that will be exposed after the cabinets, tile and trim are installed. The chalky white ceiling in C2 Paint’s Pearl is gorgeous.
Looking toward the kitchen from the front hallway, the “new” utility room door shines in C2 Paint's Halo..
Dean, perplexed by my inability to purchase the counter top that we have been discussing for months, drove us to another marble showroom around the corner. There I saw a marble called Snow White of Thassos and I fell in love. It had a depth and subtle pattern that Quartz products do not have, but it was still a crisp white solid surface. Of course marble is not reputed to be as durable as quartz, and I would have to buy a whole slab of this product (cost = $1,800, in addition to fabrication and installation costs of about $1,300). I was royally confused and needed to go home for a glass of wine.
We still have not chosen a counter top and need to start the installation process in 10 days. It is top priority for next week.