Dining room painting: Progress photos

I bet you all were wondering why things had slowed “to a glacial pace” (to borrow a phrase from a friend) with the dining room project. Well, I think the rain has brought energy levels down to a pretty low ebb lately. But I rallied this past weekend and was able to make some progress despite not-so-ideal painting conditions—it was so cold and rainy last Sunday!

Here is a preview of the first coat of wall paint. I did all the detail work first, taking my time around the trim and windows, getting the hard stuff out of the way first. (Did I mention I did about five hours’ worth of prep too? I used about half a tube of caulk to fill in cracks around the windows, doors, baseboards, and upper trim. Why is it that the not-so-fun parts seem to take forever!)

The color I went with is called “Manchester Tan.”

When I finally got to the “rolling” stage, I started to feel like I was finally making progress.

Please ignore the big mess on the table. Remember, these are progress photos. Apparently, when I make progress, I seem to make a mess of my dining room too!

But I think in these last shots, you can begin to feel how it will come together…

Manchester Tan (aka Benjamin Moore Historical Color-81), I love thee.

Obviously, I still have to do a second coat on the walls and paint the trim to the seal the deal, but this should give you an idea.

I have to tell you that this paint is absolutely dreamy. I love working with it. Now I understand why so many of those fancy designers use Benjamin Moore paint. It’s like butter—really thick and creamy, with excellent coverage. I’ve used Sherwin-Williams paint throughout much of the house, and I’ve been very pleased with the results, but this is in a slightly different league, I think.

One of the other challenges I encountered during painting (in addition to the rain): how to sequester Bandito. You see, there’s no door between the kitchen and dining room, so I had to rig up a pet gate to prevent him from applying his white fluffy self to my freshly painted walls. He was not happy about this situation. Can you tell?

Stay tuned…I’m hoping to make more progress on the painting front this weekend. Cross your fingers for good weather.


The Writer

Writer & Residence blog. A blog dedicated to two of my favourite things, interior design, and writing.

  1. Oh my. I have to say, I absolutely adore the new wall colour. It’s warm, and yet soft, and it really contrasts nicely with the colour of the woodwork and the clumber. It makes them pop.

  2. I love the paint color and I can’t believe you had the audacity to make a mess on your table! I also see that lord creamy whipper is assessing the new barricade and figuring out the best way to get around it. Watch out!

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  6. Hi there! I realize this is a blog post that is 8 years old, however, just in case you might still see this comment, I would love to ask what trim color you used in your dining room to compliment the Manchester Tan. I have been deliberating for months on which cream/light beige to paint my open concept living/kitchen area. I have been looking at colors like BM Navajo, Albescent, Creamy White, etc… I do love Manchester Tan. Thinking I may consider having the store to lighten by 25% or 50%. Thanks for sharing your home and projects! Love the inspiration! ~Omega

  7. Hi Omega, thanks for your comment. We used Sherwin Williams Divine White, a lovely warm white and one of their more popular trim colors, for all the trim and moldings in the dining room. Hope this helps!

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