Kendall Charcoal The Perfect Neutral Gray Paint Color

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The Perfect Neutral Gray Paint Color |Creative Cain CabinIt’s time for a change, a change of color for my exterior doors. I’ve had the same color for 6 years now and it was getting sun faded and just needed a pick me up. I chose Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal and do think it is the perfect, neutral gray. I’m in hopes we have time to pressure wash the house and change the stain color still this summer and I’m planning on going with a light gray stain and the doors will go perfectly.

Kendall Charcoal Door | Creative Cain CabinThe color I already had on the door, Sherwin Williams Roycroft Bottle Green, is very similar to to the new color it just has the green undertone removed. I have picked several door colors but for some reason everyone thinks if you live in a log home you have to have green doors and a green roof. 

Daisy | Creative Cain CabinWell I am always one of those people that go against the grain. The traditional hunters green just wouldn’t due for me. I figured since I don’t have rooms to paint I can change the door color whenever the mood strikes me.

Gray and Green Door | Creative Cain Cabin I forgot how much I hate to paint, especially something tedious like doors. There’s lots of areas to cut in and that makes it time consuming. Originally the 9 light had a cream boarder, well that’s for the birds. It takes to much time and to much work so the door is a solid color this time around. 

Paint Colors | Creative Cain CabinSee not a big change and I bet no one notices but I know it looks fresh and clean again. One door down and 7 more to go. My goal it to paint one a day until the project is done. 

Kendall Charcoal Door | Creative Cain Cabin I like the color so much I may paint my green bar stools with it and look for some gray slipcovers. I know it’s a subtle change but it works for me.





  1. says

    We use Benjamin Moore paint and love it. We’ve just finished the kitchen, dining room, living room and 3rd bedroom. We love earthy tone colours. Your door looks great.

    • says

      Linda, I’m a Sherwin Williams fan but just didn’t have the time to swing in there so thought I would try something new, and I am pleased ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. says

    Love this shade of gray, Dawn, and it looks so great with your galvanized buckets! It’s warming back up here (95) so I hope you have some cooler days to finish your painting!

    • says

      Jane, Wow 95 I don’t know how you do it. Was was 50 here this morning and will warm up to about 77. I’m heading out to do some planting while it’s cool. Then hope to do more painting.

  3. Tammy says

    I love the gray. Little changes make a big difference

    • says

      Tammy, thank for dropping over. I could see this color in your home.

  4. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Little changes can make such a big difference! I love the new look!

    • says

      Sharon they sure can and as I mentioned not one person in our house has even noticed. LOL

  5. says

    Love this! I’m looking at grays right now! laura I just added this to my list!

  6. says

    Very very pretty gray, that Kendall Charcoal. I will tuck that one away for future use for sure.

    • says

      Becky, thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚ If you like gray pain this is the one!

  7. says

    Finding a good gray is hard! I can’t wait to try this one out ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      Thank you Kathy, it was in need of a pick me up for sure.

    • says

      Laurel, you’re right it did make it shine again. I didn’t realize how much the sun had dulled it until I started painting.

  8. says

    I JUST had this color mixed for a project I hope to start soon and your door definitely confirms that it’s a great color : ) Now I can’t wait to start!

    • says

      Jodie, Great minds think alike and pick the same paint color.

  9. says

    Dawn, I love that color of gray! Lately I’m using quite a bit of gray around our cabin. Might need to pick up some Kendall charcoal. I have one that’s too green and one that’s too blue. :/ ~Jeanette

    • says

      Jeanette, that’s the great thing about this gray color there is no strange undertone so it is completely neutral.

  10. says

    I happen to be addicted to gray… I’ve used this colour before for our master, it was perfect as you say. I love seeing it on your door, so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Laurie, So glad to hear you have tried the color and love it too. Thanks for stopping in.

  11. says

    Hi Dawn,
    I love that color and the door looks great. You are my hero to take one door a day until you get them all done. You go girl.
    Seriously I am cheering you on from my lounge chair on the deck LOL!!!!

    • says

      Kris, I would rather be in a lounge chair for sure. We could talk instead of paint. LOL

    • says

      Kim, this certainly is it. Give it a try, you will love it.

  12. says

    I get asked this question all the time! Good to know! Pinning!

    • says

      Beth, I love this color there is no strange undertone at all, it really is perfect.

  13. says

    I’m thinking about changing our front door to gray, too and I want new shutters built.

    • says

      Kim, I have enough paint left so I think I will paint the guest house shutters and doors.

  14. says

    Love that color Dawn!!! and love the door!

    • says

      Thanks Shirley next on my list is to actually replace the doors. I have never liked them, but paint will have to do for now.

  15. says

    Looks great Dawn. I am not generally a grey girl, but I do like this one a lot. Thanks for the tip!

    • says

      Kelly, I normally don’t pick gray either but for some reason this one was calling to me.

  16. says

    OMG! You nailed it. I’ve been looking for the perfect gray for sometime now. I like the one I used in our office (MS Brooke Trout) but wanted something lighter. Pinning.

    • says

      Vidya you would love this tone of gray it’s beautiful and rich.

    • says

      Thank you Carol, now on to more dreaded painting.

  17. says

    Love this shade of gray. We also refinished our front door last year. The Texas sun had not been very kind to it.Your doors look wonderful!

    • says

      MariaElena, They do need a freshening up from time to time. It seems like it’s a spot that can easily be neglected.

    • says

      Jennifer, it won’t be soon enough I really hate to paint. LOL

  18. says

    What a gorgeous color choice Dawn! Looks great on the cabin. I hear Sherwin williams is fantastic paint. I may have to try it sometime.

    • says

      Debbie, SW is always my go to paint. It never fails.

  19. says

    Love the new colour of your door! Just to let you know…you were my inspiration for purchasing slip covered furniture, lol! They haven’t arrived yet…but I cannot wait til they do! I ordered oatmeal colour covers with pretty floral accent cushions.

    • says

      Charlotte, good for you ๐Ÿ™‚ You will love being able to throw the slips in the washer.

  20. says

    I know what you mean about hating to paint, I love to decoratively paint but painting walls and doors and such is such a snore for me. I would like to change up the door color of my studio but it is going to be a big challenge unless I leave the window lights the original white and just paint the rest of the door the color. Hmmm, that might work. I am not typically a fan of gray but yours looks lovely.

    • says

      Pam, yes painting the window portion is the worst part. I don’t typically pick gray either but this color spoke to me.

  21. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the color, Dawn! Thanks for doing all the standing-in-front-of-the-color-chips-wondering-how they-really-look work! This is a great color! Pinning!

    • says

      Yvonne, it is the perfect gray and I think it would look great in your place.

  22. lucy says

    Thank you, thank you!! I’m getting the outside of my house painted in a few weeks and needed to find the perfect grey for the trim. I think this is it ๐Ÿ™‚ The body of the house is white and the doors will be a robin’s egg blue.

    • says

      Lucy, it is a lovely color and goes with everything. I think you will be very happy with it. The color combo you have going will be beautiful together.

  23. bobbie says

    I also have a 9 pane door. How in the world did you paint them without seeping underneath?

    • says

      Bobbie, I cut it all in with a paint brush, so it took some time but no paint leakage that way. Next on my list is to get new doors, I’ve never liked them.

  24. Sylvia says

    How did you get the sheen on your door… or is that just paint from the can? It is beautiful.

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