Three Coats of Primer

We had originally wanted to white wash the ceiling so we could see the grain pattern in the wood, but soon realized it was going to be much faster & look just as good if we primed and painted the ceiling instead. Aaron hates painting (too much of a perfectionist) but took the task on and put 3 layers of primer on before we chose the perfect color of white for the kitchen & great room. Choosing the perfect color of white was also a process, but we're happy to have taken the time. In my day job as a designer at a custom framing shop in San Francisco, I spend much of my time finding the the perfect white mat to match (or beautifully contrast) with a customer's piece of art. Who knew there were SO MANY shades of white!? So we gathered up all the white paint samples we could, taped them up to the ceiling & watched to see which ones we favored throughout the day as the light changed. We settled on "Bleached Linen" which adds a nice grayish tone to the overall space and works great with the grayish-grain in the white oak paneling. We're quite pleased with the results! IMG_0435  
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