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Kendall Charcoal The Perfect Neutral Gray Paint Color

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.



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  1. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!

    1. 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. I love the gray. Little changes make a big difference

    1. 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!

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

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

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

    1. Becky, thanks for stopping by 🙂 If you like gray pain this is the one!

  7. Finding a good gray is hard! I can’t wait to try this one out 🙂

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

    1. 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. 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!

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

  9. 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

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

  10. 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!

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

  11. 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!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

    1. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

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

    1. Thank you Carol, now on to more dreaded painting.

  15. 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!

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

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

  16. 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.

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

  17. 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.

    1. Charlotte, good for you 🙂 You will love being able to throw the slips in the washer.

  18. 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.

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

  19. 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!

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

  20. 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 🙂 The body of the house is white and the doors will be a robin’s egg blue.

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

  23. Hi did you end up using the Kendall charcoal in your kitchen? Would love to see pictures. We painted our saltbox colonial in this color https://p.rdcpix.com/v01/l8e87cb44-m0xd-w640_h480_q80.jpg
    Was gorgeous. We now live in a log cabin and absolutely love it. We sandblasted and stained it last year and it looks like something out of a magazine. I agree with you about the hunter green and so chose to do black for door and window grills. Have 26 windows to do still, but I know it will get done.

    1. Jenn, I painted our exterior doors with it. I still have white kitchen cabinets and just can’t seem to find another color that I love like the white. We need to pressure wash our cabin and have it rechinked and restained which we planned on doing yet this fall but now so sure we’ll get to it. Is the home you have shown in the photo a log cabin? I love it btw.

  24. I love the grey. I would love to have someone give me color advice on the inside of my house. I am at a loss.

    1. Merna if you live near a Sherwin Williams they normally have someone on staff that will come to your house and do that for you.

  25. You inspired me! My husband asked me what I wanted for my Birthday and I said PLEASE paint my front door and this weekend it happened in Kendall Charcoal and it is perfect! I originally wanted a blue and bought “Sea Salt” and it looked like washed out toothpaste. Then I started to see Kendall Charcoal and your door came up on Pinterest! A sign! I was also looking at BM wrought iron and when I showed my neighbors they all picked this colour and said the wrought iron was too dark. My husband is presently on the second coat and it gets nicer by the minute. Perfect for my Modern farmhouse style and brick house. Thank you for sharing your home and paint choice.

  26. Hi there
    Just wondering where you got your yellow steel star on the front door:). Thanks,

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