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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Assistance needed in aisle one please....HELP!

I don't know why that title popped in my head! 
I need your help and your advise.  
This is a BIG project coming up and I do not want to make the wrong decision here.  In fact, it is hard to believe my husband is even on board with this idea.  I suppose he has CONFIDENCE in me now. 
So here's the deal....
We have had this entertainment center for about 10 years.
I hate it, Mike loves it.
It serves it's purpose, TV, stereo equipment, DVD's, the whole purpose of an entertainment center I suppose.
I hate the color, and it looks outdated to me anyhow...

 YUK, I just noticed Lucy's chewie on the couch...

Rug colors...reds, blue, green, salmon, off white...
 Furniture is a rustic chocolate color, and the walls are butter {Soft yellow}
Here are my thoughts on colors...
Of course I am going to use Annie Sloans chalk paint
from my favorite stockist and my sponsor

Primer Red Chalk Paint

{Primer red}
Deep red ochre is a color found in practically every culture from Venetian palaces to Vietnamese temples 

Red earths were plentiful and relatively easy to come by so the color is often associated with the color for priming furniture and as the base coat for gilding

It is a wonderful color on its own or as a base for other colors particularly when distressing
Chateau Grey Chalk Paint

{#1024 Chateau Grey Chalk Paint}
An elegant greyed green, this is the color found in French woodwork

Graphite Chalk Paint

{#1025 Graphite Chalk Paint}

Graphite is a soft black made with purplish blues and brown

It is not completely black

I do have plans of heavily distressing this piece as well as changing out the hardware...

NEW - CoCo Chalk Paint

{#1000.3 NEW - CoCo Chalk Paint}
A warm greyed brown, the color found on old French woodwork.

This is my least choice, but I thought I would throw it in the equation to get your thoughts.


I could play it safe and just do black, however, I do not like to play it safe...TOO boring for me!

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Blogger camp and cottage living said...

I love the colors in your rug. You have so many great choices.
Personally, I think the darker blue for the outer parts of the cabinet, with the lighter grey for the panels would look nice.
Red is my favorite of all, but with such a large piece I wouldn't be brave enough to use it.

January 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I think Graphite!

January 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

I never considered two tone, that is a thought too!

January 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

I love the Chateau Grey, but I think the Red would be really fun, too. Can't wait to see what you end up doing.

January 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

I vote RED!!! But a two tone would be nice too. I'm sure whatever you decide, it's gonna look fantastic. Can't wait to see the finished result!

January 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

Both are pretty. I think I'm leaning towards the grey. I can't wait to see what you do.

January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Debbie, you know I love color...I like the red!

January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Are your walls "beighy"? If so, are you sure you want to go the grey?

Whatever you decide WILL be good - trust your instincts. I look forward to seeing the finished project!

January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Maureen Wyatt said...

I'd do the base coat Graphite and then Chateau Grey on top and rub back to the darker colour. Can't wait to see what you do! ~ Maureen

January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger SparkleFarkel said...

My vote: Deep Red Ochre!

January 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Graphite! Did you see the armoire that Hi Sugarplum painted in dark blue?
It looks amazing and I think yours would have a similar effect.

January 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger nannykim said...

I think it depends on the furniture in the room and I didn't read about it on the post, unless I missed it (which knowing me , I could have!!). I love the paler colors which is strange for me, but I don't know as I would like something that huge in red unless it really tied in with the rest of the furniture in the room.

January 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Bliss said...

Well everyone who has posted so far obviously doesn't have the fear of color I have! I gotta pick the Coco. The entertainment center is a great piece, I think you are gonna love it in whatever color you pick.


January 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger GypsyFox said...

first of all love your decor! I think RED would be awesome, can't wait to see what you chose :)

January 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Divine Theatre said...

Oh! I would do Coco on the outside, with Dark Wax, and Aubusson Blue on the inside. However, I know that no matter what you do it will be lovely. It always is!


January 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Divine Theatre said...

LOL! That wasn't an option, was it?

January 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Pam Kessler said...

For a moment I thought you'd talked Mike into painting the mantel clock. But since that's not going to happen, I like the red. I saw something painted in the Antibes Green at a store and I thought that was a fun color too. Have fun painting!

January 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Pam Kessler said...

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January 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

My first thought is the Coco, but that is not really you! I like it because then you can use any color with it! I like the Graphite. I think all the tones would look gorgeous with all that you have.

January 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Maki said...

How about the Red base coat and overcoat with the Chateau Grey, then
distress so the red can show through.

You'll do good which ever way you go!
You're off to a good start just selecting the chalk paint. It will be so easy to work with, not having all the usual prep that is necessary with most paint!
Good Luck! Maki

January 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The Chateau Gray is on my sideboard in the foyer and my mantel. It is a pretty color and turns a darker green when it gets waxed. I think it would look good. The Co Co is really pretty painted on. My t.v. cabinet in the sunroom that I will share tomorrow is in coco. Graphite is pretty, too. Decisions decisions.

January 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger stephanie said...

Just throwing this out there, what about Aubusson Blue or Greek Blue? Looks like it would match the blue in your rug. Good luck with this decision!!

January 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm in love with the Chateau Grey right now. I'm even thinking of it for my kitchen cupboards in the summer.

January 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Ruby Jean said...

Oh RED!!!! But I would do a Color underneath that shows up in being distressed... :) Oh I CAN'T wait to see this one.. :)

January 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

Wow! You have a lot of choices and they are all so nice! I am leaning toward the is such a hot color now. Good luck!


January 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

Be CONFIDENT that you don't want any suggestions from me, but I can't wait to see how it ends up.

January 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love this room Debbie! I would paint the base coat with red ahd paint the top coat with graphite. When you distress, bits of red will show through and will be complimentary of the colors you already have in the room. Can add a dry brushing of gray here and there if you feel it needs more texture!
Can't wait to see what you do, I'm sure it will look always does :)!

January 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger linda said...

omg when i was there for thanksgiving i was looking at that and said this needs a face lift :)but i was not saying aword in fear Mike thinking what the heck i vote hands down with out a dought red distressed with the yellow walss and brown leather it would look wonderful the fun part will be Mike takeing all the equipment all those wires ooooooh noooooooo .Mike is getting so good at excepance for sure have fun wish i was there to help:)

January 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger An Oasis in the Desert said...

I think I would go with the Primer Red & Chateau Grey. I think those 2 colors could go either way -- as the base coat or the top coat. I know you will make the perfect choice & it will be beautiful!

January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Richard Cottrell said...

I vote red. Richard from My Old Historic House.

January 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Shellyhectic said...

RED!! I love all the colors but red would definitly be a standout and you are so good at what you do, that with the distressing it will look fantastic!

January 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger STARDUST said...

Grey Chalk Paint! Since you're gonna distress it, I believe this is the color to show it off best!
Hope it helped!
Love, Olga

January 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Maria Elena said...

I vote red! I can already see it with your rug! Beautiful!
Can't wait to see what you decide!

January 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Debbie that piece is going to look amazing painted and I bet it will be your new favorite! The Chateau Grey would look great in that room and I love it even more after the dark wax is applied. Coco is one of my favorite new colors, it's what I used on my tv console and coffee table in my family room and would look really good on your piece too, but I would say that would be a safe choice. I can't wait to see what you do!!

January 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Oh wow, so many choices! I go along with 2 tone! I know you will make the right decision!!

January 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

I think I favor the graphite black with the blue hues. Can't wait to see what you do...Christine

January 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Stacey Stuwe said...

How about red under the black?? I like the red, but it might be too much on such a large piece. Soooo, red first, soap some key areas, black then sand and varnish?? I've seen this on a bedroom set and it looked good!!

January 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger  Always Nesting said...

Honestly, I love the red but I think you will tire of it quickly and want to refinish again. It's a big job and I like the gray color because it's more neutral. I think you can easily steam up that center with accessories that scream Debbie.

January 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh Debbie why done you come help me finish this darn Laundry room before you start that.... Anyway I like the coco and then you can do any of the other color inside.. I was going to say Black but you are using Chalk paint. can't wait to see what you come up with.. Happy painting


January 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Formerly known as Frau said...

I think red would be a fun color to go with!

January 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Allyson McGuire said...

I love gray! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.


January 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the primer red would be absolutely stunning but the Grey would look great too.It might be to big a peice togo red, mmmmm.I just don't know.

January 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

I like the grey, with a light touch of the off white. when I look at your photos there are light breezy room with windows and almost sheer valance- and wouldnt this piece be directly across from it visually- I think thats what I see.. so anyway, the grey and white.

January 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Since you want to use the chalk paint and you want to distress it and show layers, I would suggest Chateau Grey as your base coat and then Graphite as your top coat. One you distress it, some of the first color will show through. You've got alot of color going on in there with your rug and your room being open to your kitchen, so I would be careful about introducing another "color" to your furniture unless it clearly ties in with the room. That is why I suggested this color combo. I'm sure whatever you decide it will look great!

January 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger eleven-o-one said...

I know that I would not be brave enough for red but red underneath black is nice. I have a couple of pieces like that. I absoulutely love the coco and it is pretty neutral. I did my son's bed in it and made it two toned by using dark wax on some parts and clear on others.
I think it would look nice against your yellow and would be neutral enought to paint the walls without painting the furniture...again. I also love General Finishes Millstone Milk Paint. I like that paint as much as ASCP (gasp!) and it is cheaper unless you have to have it shipped. My other son's bed is done using that. Both of these colors make a nice contrast to the black TV.

I also have used the Chateau Grey and really like it and I just finished an Olive piece that I'll be posting later this week and I really liked it, too.

Anyway, that's a tough call. But I know you'll make the right choice. You have great taste.

January 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger eleven-o-one said...

Hey...why don't you ask Annie Sloan herself? I hear she responds to e-mails.

January 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Allie said...

I say Primer Red and Graphite! Good luck!!!

January 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

RED, RED, RED... I say RED... So perfect with your Provence Yellow Walls. Go for it.

January 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger outjunking said...

Red it's bold and sometimes making a statement is the best bet.

January 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What about a combination, Debbie? Maybe the Graphite with the Coco on top then sanded so the Graphite shows through. I'm sure the dark wax will even give it the final look that would go so well with your other pieces in the room. You've got lots of choices as everyone agrees with your rug colors. I do think the red might be too jarring on its own.

January 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Amber and Brad said...


How about a base coat of Primer Red, second coat in Graphite then wipe back (distress) into the primer. I love this color combo, rustic but sophisticated.

January 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Oh wow, this is going to be a big project! I can't wait to see it all finished.

I know whatever color you choose, it'll be fantastic, but I'm kind of leaning toward the red myself.

January 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy Owen, Petticoat Junktion said...

How about Duck egg blue and graphite!

January 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I'm really no help except to say that I can't wait to see how it turns out...what a project. I'm terrible at picking paint colors and constantly second guess myself. Good luck!

January 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Hey Debbie, I vote for the red underneath the graphite so when distressed and waxed red will be revealed but not totally blatant. I'm sure whatever you do will be great! Can't wait to see it. Sure wish I could get my hubs to update things with paint, but he's a "wood" man. Peggy

January 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to laugh bout 'Lucy's chewie', my dog's name is Lucy and she has chewies, biscuits, you name it, everywhere! My 2 cents is red for the first coat, the black for the top coat so when you distress it you see some of the red. Good Luck! I'm sure it will look great whatever color(s) you go with!

January 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ohhhh, I'd stay with the coco. Easier color to work with all kinds of woods & decor. Actually, if it were mine I would not change it, it is a beautiful piece.

Is there any sofa left? Chuckle.

Have a beautiful eve ~

January 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Tardevil said...

I sorta like the graphite w/ chateau gray over it, so it has blue-ish undertones, but any of them would be fine. I like red, but think I would grow tired of it very shortly on such a big piece.

January 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Luvdsun said...

Im going for the Chateau gray. I want to paint a tv stand too but its that cheap Sauder furniture and about 12 yrs old. In perfect condition but needs a new look and spruced up. Can I use this chalk paint on that?

January 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Debbie I see blue in that carpet and so that is my choice I guess ...I also see blue and think of you, you have done so much with blue to make me love it over the years..but I know whatever you come up with will be perfect

January 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Ricki Treleaven said...

Your ceilings are so high, and your room is so large, I would go with the red! You have so many pretty red accents in your kitchen, and I think it would be so pretty against your wall color. I cannot wait to see what you do. I know it will be pretty whatever you choose!

Ricki Jill

January 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Laura/Hayestone/Design Share said...

Red is a fun thought, but would be too strong in your room. I would do the Chateau Grey as a base coat and then the Graphite over top and distress the heck out of it so a LOT of the chateau Grey showed through. The green in the chateau grey would co-ordinate with the colors in your rug and the Graphite still reads as a blue/cool color, so that would work as well to balance out all the warm elements going on in there. Just my two cents!

January 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

I'd go with the two tone someone suggested, doing it red would make it stand out and doing it a darker color wouldn't so to me I'd do a darker color. It will be great no matter what color you use:)

January 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM  

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