Down Pipe - a Perfect Dark Gray

Check out my dark side.
It's Down Pipe and I love it.
We used it on one large wall in the lobby of my husband's new/old office.
The building was built in the early 1920's as our town's original post office, so we wanted to incorporate a nod to the history of the building. 
 You can see I rolled up some of the building's original
blue prints and tucked them into a wire basket.
You might remember when I blogged about using these original
blue prints here and here
 Here's a glance at the lobby 'before'.
A little bland, there, wasn't it? 
 I really like how this light, distressed piece looks against the dark wall. 

We framed and stacked some blue prints in the adjacent conference room.
And painted the conference room ceiling Down Pipe, too.
Made a huge difference.
Big thanks to Bill Bates and Barry McElreath of Antiques on Augusta for helping me through.  
Down Pipe is their go-to and they knew it was just what I needed.
C'mon over to the dark side...I'd highly recommend it.


Karena said...

Hi Donna,
Love this color and your use of the blueprints as art!I remeber when you posted about the originals for the building!

The Arts by Karena

My Notting Hill said...

Gorgeous. It's such a rich color. My fireplace surround brick and hearth is painted down pipe and I love it. Those prints are gorgeous too!

Carrie Ann Eddleman said...

I love the color, I'm in a new home now & gray is my new favorite color. I haven't had a chance to paint inside yet, oh but I have plans for some gray. His office looks great. At least I know where to come when I'm ready to pick the perfect gray. Blessings,Carrie

Woodside Park said...

Divine, Donna!! It looks so rich and dramatic. A gutsy and brilliant move. Stay fabulous! Loi

Anonymous said...

5 Stars * * * * * FOR YOU, a perfect gray!

An Urban Cottage said...

That looks great, Donna. I would have been afraid to use it, it looks so dark and cold in the fan deck but it looks really rich and warm in your photos. Very nice!

Anonymous said...

I love this colour, it totally transforms the lobby and makes it feel warmer, the previous colour was a bit cold and characterless.
I agree that the rustic display cabinet looks stunning against the darker tone, it stands out, therefore becomes a real feature.


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Gabriela Rose


Sarah Greenman said...

It really is the PERFECT color!

Guy Norred said...

Their dark primer is downpipe. I discovered it when I had primed a table base and actually considered not doing the finish coat. I still haven't used it for anything but expect to soon.