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Black Magic

by habituallychic

01 . 18 . 09

I would never have guessed that Ryan Korban’s kitchen is painted in Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint. It looks fabulous and he can write himself a note to buy milk if he needs to. It’s also inspired The Bachelorette to have her kitchen repainted in a darker color but I think we are going to go with Benjamin Moore Soot (2129-20) which is what Ruthie Sommers used in her kitchen below. It’s also one shade down from Midnight Dream (2129-10) that was used on the front door of the apartment so it will coordinate perfectly. Now I just have to call the painter.

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  1. maison21 January 18, 2009 | 4:52 am

    you know, way back when i was actually thinking of someday painting my kitchen, that ruthie sommers pic inspired me to test out a dark gray. didn’t go dark enough so didn’t much care for it, but i still have a fantasy of a black kitchen.

    such a great solution to expand a small space. can’t wait to see how it turns out for your project!

  2. Something Old~Something New January 18, 2009 | 5:19 am

    I adore the color that you have selected for the bachlorette pad.. Also, I must say the painted ceiling in Ruthie Sommer’s kitchen looks fantastic.. Would you be able to do this in the bachlorette pad? I also love the large white mirror in Ryan Korbn’s kitchen..
    Can’t wait to see the finished results!

  3. Beautiful Living January 18, 2009 | 8:21 am

    That does really look like magic 🙂 Am really looking forward to seeing what the Bachelorette’s kitchen will be like!

  4. Jessica January 18, 2009 | 1:09 pm

    As someone who is moving soon and will be in need of hard facts (paint codes, fabric sources), thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!.

  5. Motor City Jeanne January 18, 2009 | 2:37 pm

    Are dark colored walls only appropriate with white or light cabinets? I love the way the wall “disappears”.

  6. Habitually Chic January 18, 2009 | 2:48 pm

    Maison21 – Maybe you can try it again!

    Something Old/Something New – I need to talk to the bachelorette but I was just wondering if we should paint the ceiling too. I just don’t know if it would be too much or would create a fabulous and dramatic little box. Tough call.

    Beautiful Living – Thanks! I think we are going to add blue and white pottery from Pearl River Mart too!

    Jessica – you are welcome and good luck!

    Motor City Jeanne – when I was looking at dark kitchens, most with black or dark walls had white cabinets but they were small home or apartment kitchens. Larger kitchens sometimes had dark cabinets but lighter walls and Kelly Wearstler had all dark. I think it depends on what you prefer but in a small space, I think you need white cabinets for contrast.

  7. Habitually Chic January 18, 2009 | 2:49 pm

    I forgot to mention that I originally suggested a mirror on the back kitchen wall to open it up a little more and I love Ryan’s white ornate mirror. I hope I can find something like that for the bachelorette pad!

  8. K at Blog Goggles January 18, 2009 | 3:30 pm

    I love both! A good friend used a dark chocolate on her kitchen walls (with similar white cabinets) and it looks amazing – not too dark at all.

    I love your blog and linked to it on mine 🙂 Keep it up!

  9. Ivy Lane January 18, 2009 | 3:35 pm

    I like the color Soot better..Should look great! Hope you will share the reveal. My kitchen was painted a color called French Roast (Sherwin Williams)…We were so scared it would be too dark, but it came out just perfect!

    Keep on keepin’ on HC!! 🙂

  10. hello gorgeous January 18, 2009 | 6:44 pm

    I’ve seen that chalkboard paint used a lot in place of flat black. Thanks for checking on the color!

    I just painted my bedroom Revere Pewter but I may want to go much darker. Decisions, decisions.

  11. Awesome Sara January 19, 2009 | 1:24 am

    Sorry, I left my comment on the wrong post! Sorry, I meant to leave my comment here with the hot guy. Oh my gorly, he is gorgeous! I am not a fan of the chalk board paint, love the color of chalk board but hate the chalk part. Makes me sneeze and I am not pretty when I sneeze. Oh, I love your blog! Kisses!

  12. Jennifer Ramos January 19, 2009 | 1:46 am

    I like it alot…resembles a BLACKBOARD… : )

    Jen Ramos

    ‘Cards & Prints You’ll Love…’

  13. Covetable-for the well dressed table January 22, 2009 | 1:54 pm

    So great that you chose a similar color, not the actual chalkboard paint. I have it on the faces of bins for holding my kids backpacks and it scratches and mars very easily. Then, it doesn’t look so nice. I would definitely paint the ceiling, by the way.