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Ode to Martha Stewart’s Zinc

March 1, 2012  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Last night, we painted the walls.  After demolition, framing out a wall, sheetrocking, and patching infinite holes in the ceiling and lots of other dirty jobs–we both agreed it felt great to do something pretty low key like painting walls.  Chris and I have painting down and we can knock out a room in about an hour.  We actually painted this space less than a year ago, but we aren’t afraid to change our minds if things don’t feel quite right.  
The “Modern Family Blue” that we originally chose (actually Behr’s Waterscape chosen specifically because we loved the blue wall on Modern Family) will still be hanging out on the walls in the mudroom/hallway, but for our family room we decided to tone it down and make things more moody.
So out went the light gray and blue:

And on went Martha Stewart’s Zinc:

Okay, but really.  Martha Stewart’s Zinc:

(Ooooohhh. Aaahhhhhh.)

This is where the built-ins will go–so no need to paint that wall.

We went with flat paint and color-matched it to Glidden.  We are first time Glidden users and we were very happy with the coverage.  We didn’t even bother getting the paint and primer in one–just plain ol’ Glidden and it took one coat.  Chris’s brother, Brandon, just used it in his first home (I can’t wait until they start blogging about that place.  It’s gorg.), and Amanda from Our Humble A{Bowe}d also recommended it, so we thought we’d give it a try.  Verdict: We’d recommend it, too.  It goes on easy, covers great and only cost about $20.

As for the color itself–we totally love it.  It’s sophisticated and warm.  It’s dark and moody.  It is so soothing on the eyes.  What are your thoughts?  Do you see Zinc in your future?

If you are wondering about that plywood yonder–we are still waiting for the glass to arrive for our new window.  It was supposed to be here this morning along with our window guy around 9am.  The window guy showed up at 10:15 with no glass (he just wanted to finish up the sheetrock) and the carpet guy arrived at 10:30.  You can imagine it’s been a tense morning, but we’ll have a new carpet update for you tomorrow.  Let the visual progress begin!

What do you think?

  1. dominic says:

    Hey Chris and Julia, Any chance you have kept a lid from the Martha Stewart ‘Zinc” paint can? I’m down to my last can and the lid is all messed up so i cant re-create it.
    Please let me know if there is any way to find the precise formula.
    Thanks so much!

  2. Pamela says:

    Hi there

    I typed in zinc by martha on google. Your page came up we are doing the zinc color in our living room and dining room!!

    Thanks for sharing :-)

    Can you please tell me what other paint colors you used throughout the house?.

    Thanks a bunch,

    Kind regards,

    Pamela

  3. Hi Chris & Julia,

    I love the way Martha Stewart’s Zinc turned out in your family room! I’d love to pin this to The Home Depot’s Paint pinboard if you don’t mind.

    Cheers,
    Caroline
    Senior Editor, The Home Depot

  4. reba says:

    I like this color as im looking to paint my master a charcoal gray but was wondering if you notice any undertones in it? I know grey can have like blue, green, pink etc undertones so have you noticed any?

  5. reba says:

    I like this color as im looking to paint my master a charcoal gray but was wondering if you notice any undertones in it? I know grey can have like blue, green, pink etc undertones so have you noticed any?

  6. Nataley says:

    love, love, love the color.

  7. Girl. You won’t regret it.

  8. Rooms definitely need to evolve. Especially since paint is so affordable, why not be make it a color you are happy with? Although Chris teases me sometimes too. Haha

  9. Oh greta… How your little world is a new world everyday, haha does she ever just stare with a blank face in the morning?

  10. I have heard that the line has been discontinued. It is a shame it was such poor quality because the colors are so dreamy.

  11. Yay for new carpet! We just had some installed yesterday. And I’m loving the Zinc! We used Olympic for our painting, but if Glidden only took one coat we’re going to have to try it out!

  12. Missy G. says:

    Love that color! I also like the blue peeking in through the hallway. They look good together! Are you planning on keeping the rails the same color? I know it was a pain in the booty to finish, so I’m just curious!

    Btw, can’t wait to see the new chalkboard drawing for this month.

  13. Melinda Page says:

    I am living vicariously through you guys and it feels great.

  14. Caitlin Ketcham says:

    I LOVE Martha Stewart’s paint colors but I haven’t used Zinc yet! Off to add that color to my “must paint with” list :)

  15. Lani says:

    I DO love the color! I really like all Martha’s colors…and I think Home Depot discontinued the “Martha” paint and automatically does it in Glidden now. Which is good…because the Martha paint was pretty poor quality….very drippy. Anyway…back to the color…I love it! It may be going in my kitchen, as I’m looking for some colors for there! Great choice!

  16. meaganbriggs3 says:

    LOVE. Love so much. It is so warm but sexy at the same time. Can paint be sexy??? It just feels romantic. I’m so excited to see everything to come together!

    Um Greta? Your bob is out of control. Love her.

  17. If there ever was a sexy paint…I think this would be it.

  18. laurenalb says:

    I love it!

  19. 61 Oehman Blvd. says:

    Hey Julie… This is creed and Tiffany… We r in the car driving to chik- fil- a right now and creed is making mentake a minute to leave you a comment. I think he may have seen your blog for the first time a few days ago and honestly can not get over the talent you have for design. He loves it! And so do I! I guess this just means you are going to have to co
    E and decorate our house some day in the future! We love you guys! Can we please go on vacation together or something?

  20. Oh thanks, you two! You are so kind. You guys are so awesome. We are so thrilled for you and your new opportunities in Tulsa. They are so lucky to have your family. And vacation?! Of course! Let’s meet at a beach somewhere. :)

  21. Kate says:

    Busy Bees, you two! I love that you’re not afriad of re-paints! My husband thinks I’m crazy when I repaint a room but sometimes a room just has to evolve.

  22. I love the zinc. That’s my type of gray fo sho. And it’s super sexy, yet, kid-friendly. I like it a lot. You guys paint so fast! It would take me a year to get done what you have in a week.

  23. Lara says:

    Love the wall color, may need to use it our office. On another note, do you remember where you got the floating storage used underneath your TV? I’m looking for something like that and not having much luck. Thanks!

  24. It’s from Ikea! I believe its original intended use is a kitchen cabinet, but it works great as a floating console. Here’s the link:

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50158413/

    Or, if you are in Utah–we’re selling ours for half the price since we are no longer using it.

    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218&ad=19278272&cat=367

    Good luck, Lara!

  25. Our Humble A{Bowe}d says:

    Great color! It definitely is dark, moody, and sophisticated. Love me a nice gray! And, I’m so glad you loved Glidden! Isn’t is awesome?!?

  26. I think bedrooms are allowed to be a little dark and moody and, dare I say, sexy. I say, go for it! We did our bedroom with Martha Stewart’s Mushroom–which is also dark and dramatic with a touch more brown–and it is completely cozy. Check it here: https://www.chrislovesjulia.com/2011/10/oh-my-lampa.html

    Can’t wait to see where you end up!

  27. Jessie McKinley says:

    Love the zinc!! We are repainting our bedroom right now and we’ve been trying to decide on colors…when your basement remodel came to mind. So I’ve got a question for you. Our bedroom has only one window in it (east facing but some of the light is covered by the neighbors gigantic tree) do you think this paint choice would make it too dark? I love the color but I wanted to see what you thought :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    Hello! Creed and I love your work, your amazingly talented, were going to need your help decorating our house some day. We need to get together soon, maybe a vacation together!

  29. Hey Julie… This is creed and Tiffany… We r in the car driving to chik- fil- a right now and creed is making mentake a minute to leave you a comment. I think he may have seen your blog for the first time a few days ago and honestly can not get over the talent you have for design. He loves it! And so do I! I guess this just means you are going to have to co
    E and decorate our house some day in the future! We love you guys! Can we please go on vacation together or something?

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