Choosing my battles… And a paint color

Good morning guys!

I’m so excited to share my kitchen makeover with you today!  The kitchen cabinets are painted gray, and I could not be more happy!

Here are a few shots of how things are looking now…

Now for the confession…

Before sharing this, did I mention that I have 5 kids under the age of 9?  Just making sure ;-)…

So… I pride myself in being a DIY girl.  I think many of you know that about me.  I love doing things by myself.  I find it rewarding and exciting… And cheap!  I have been mulling over the idea of painting my cabinets for sometime.  When we built the house 3 years ago, I had every cabinet in the house painted an off-white color and glazed.  After 3 years the glaze started looking more like dirt to me.  I would wipe the cabinets down, and still feel like they were dirty when I was all done.  Here is a very small shot of what it looked like…

It was time for a change!  I knew I could paint cabinets.  I painted my laundry room cabinets with great success.  They have stood the test of time.  But…. The kitchen is a different story.  I thought I might have a week or so over the Summer without the kids home when I could knock them out.  Summer came and went, and that never happened.  I knew I couldn’t tackle these during nap time and bedtime like I do everything else.  If you knew my 2 year old, you would totally understand ;-).  The thought of trying to keep her out of the kitchen for a week was enough to keep me from getting started every time.

Then, a sweet friend of mine said the magic words… ‘I know a great painter.’

That was all it took.

I decided to have Lalo the painter come give me a bid.  I was SHOCKED.  He gave me his quote, and I immediately scheduled a start date with him.  I couldn’t believe how low his price was.

For you local Dallas/Ft. Worth people…

His company’s name is Lalo’s Painting.  They did BEYOND an amazing job.  You all know I am cheap, and his price fit my budget perfectly!  I asked him if I could share his phone number,  and he said yes (although I did get a blank stare when I tried to tell him I had a blog ;-))…

817-405-8491

I knew I had made the right decision very early on.  I left when they arrived to buy one more bucket of paint.  I came back about 45 minutes later, and they had already rolled the ceiling and the walls!  SOLD!

I do consider this a DIY job.  What exactly did I do myself???

~ I knew when to call in the big dogs for some help!  This came in the form of 2 very nice men who had the job done perfectly in less than 48 hours!

~ I picked a paint color!

I originally planned on using Valspar for my paint.  I picked a beautiful color that I LOVE.  It was called Coastal Villa.  For me it was the perfect ‘greige’!  I have a creamy white as my trim color and Santa Cecilia granite.  I had to find a color that pulled everything together.  This one did the trick!

I knew I wanted to do an oil-base satin on the kitchen cabinets. It wears super well and chips the very least.  I went to buy it at Lowe’s, and Valspar only carried it in semi-gloss and gloss.  So, I took my paint chip over to my local Sherwin-Williams store and had them match it.  This is my first time buying from Sherwin-Williams.  My favorite part was their receipts.  They actually have all your paint codes printed on the receipt.  You can also call the store and order more off of your receipt.  This keeps you from waiting in line  at the hardware store to have a mixed… Definitely a plus with 5 kiddos!

So… Here is a picture of the code for my cabinet color…

And here is a picture of the code for my walls and ceiling…

And a few more pics of my new kitchen…

Hope you love it as much as I do!

I feel like I have a brand new kitchen.  A little paint goes a LONG way!

Let me know if you have any questions at all!  And of course… I would love some pins and shares below!  Have a great Wednesday!

~Whitney

P.S.  My floors are stained concrete.  ;-)

  • Emily

    What type/color of sink do you have? We are looking at painting our cabinets this color and want to upgrade our sink as well but I’m not sure what color/material to use.

  • Cherri

    Could you share the name of the wall/ceiling color? Having trouble getting Home Depot to match it via the code . . . they want a name to look up in the computer!

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  • Lori

    Whitney, you have my exact taste!! i am wrestling with a few ideas for cabinet colors and thought it would be hard with my St. Cecelia granite. i love the colors you have chosen. is your hood a different color than the cabinet color or is it just the lighting?

  • Laura Ferentz-Hile

    I adore your kitchen! Is the same color on all your cabinets? It looks lighter on the wall ones. I wasn’t sure if it was just the lighting or a dfferemt color. If it is different could you share the name? Thanks so much! Awesome job!!!

  • Sherilan Young

    Hi, this may post 2 times,if so sorry. I found your cabinets while I was searching Pinterest. Love them. How has the paint held up since it has been over a year? Thanks

  • Mallorie

    I have a question…what color is on the bar height wall in between the taller barstools and the sink? Thanks!!

  • Elisha Overby Finnegan

    Was the kitchen wall color also a vaslpar paint? I really want to paint my cabinets gray but I don’t want the room to look dark. I think your creamy off white looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Grit + Gold

    Is Lalo still around? I tried googling him and find nothing and I tried the number you listed and no return call. ??

  • postsfromkaty

    nice post

  • http://www.agdesigncabinets.com/closets/ walk-in closet

    You just using a fantastic material in your kitchen that makes your kitchen or nice..I also like the white color that you do in your all the cupboards..It really looks so nice..Thanks to sharing your lovely post with us…

  • Kelly Siebert

    Did Lalo sand and then paint or did he use a mixure in the paint where he didn’t have to sand

  • Melissa Moore

    What type of flooring do you have?
    I live in Frisco-will call your guy when we decide to paint!!

  • Cindy

    wow that is all the same color?? It looks so different in different areas.I just had a new counter top put on , and I just finished a tile backsplash myself and wanted to paint my cabinets gray. Thank you for posting the color you used i love it!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.m.clay.1 Becky Murdoch Clay

    Beautiful! Did you (or would you) ever consider painting the doors and other millwork the same color as the cabinets?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.harris.14418 Jessica Harris

    You just might be my new hero! I have been in a total decorating/DIY rut (and I usually love it!!) But alas…. I too have 5 kids under 9 and the baby is NOT cooperating! Apparently teething is more important than mommy’s projects… who knew?? ;)

    Think I’ll be burning the midnight oil to knock a few things out and try to fall back in love with at least some of my house. READ: Destructive 2 year old has made me lose inspiration :/ This too shall pass right??

  • Kelley Shaw

    And I love your floors. Stained concrete. Would love to do that, but my house is elevated. Will have to talk to my builder.

  • Kelley Shaw

    Hi there — beautiful job. we are building our house and planning our kitchen. I am a greige fan too! What is the color over your cooktop? Looks to be darker than the cabinets? And the smaller island looks to be darker as well. I love the barstools. Where can I get some?

  • Bev

    Love your redo….. is it just me or some lighter and some darker. Or is it just the lighting. The bottom cabinets looks almost white.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Lighting :-)

  • Michele Alger

    I know what you mean about having time! I have 7 children myself and that summer that would afford me to do so much, flew past with barely a project started! WTG! I wish I lived close enough to use your paint guy. I’m getting ready to paint my kitchen and my wood work throughout the house. Thanks for the color, my kitchen color hunt is now OVER!! ;)

  • Vanessa

    What a difference the color makes! I love the cabinets! I ask myself the same thing when it comes to working on a project: “Can I get this done during nap time?” or “How many naps will it take before I can finish this project?” That is usually my deciding factor. Your kitchen looks fabulous, and I have to ask, where did you get your bar stools?

  • Caroline

    Wow! Love it!!!!

  • Michele

    Love the kitchen!! I have been wanting to paint my cabinets but they are oak and was told they were too grainy to paint – any thoughts? I also am endeavoring into the concrete floors and love your color it appears a little grey and brown a perfect combo – what did you ask for in stain color for the project?

  • McKayla

    I just stumbled across your blog and WOW! The kitchen looks fantastic :-) I know its kind of a silly thing to pick out of your big beautiful kitchen, but I must know! Where did you get the birch bark vase? I love it!

  • Carra Crehan

    LOVE the flooring! The color you chose for the cabinets looks great. I am getting closer to painting my cabinets and will most likely be using a very similar color myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KentuckyWildcatsFan Sharon Rowlett Decker

    Love it!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Sharon!!

  • Ashlee

    I live in Keller, so I may be calling Lalo :) Do you know if he does any ‘artistic’ painting? I am wanting to paint a chevron pattern on an accent wall in my daughter’s room. I’ve thought about doing it myself but since I have never done anything like that I am a bit nervous to take it on! Do you think that is something he could do?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I bet he could! He did the entire thing without taping off… I was impressed. Just show him of a photo of exactly what you want!

  • angie

    does Lalo know of anyone in denver who could do my cabinets?? :) lol i’ve been dying to paint my kitchen cabinets but am too intimidated by it – i did my bathroom cabinets in the spring and that alone was quite the long process! anyway, i’m a SAHM and the hubs isn’t keen on hiring someone to paint when he knows we (i) could do it myself – i don’t know if it’s okay to ask this, but what is a price range i could expect to pay? i’m guessing we have the same amount of cabinets as in your kitchen, they seem very similar (and we have the same countertops!) LOVE your kitchen – actually, i pretty much love everything you do… thanks!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      You are sweet Angie! He charged me $700. I thought it was an excellent price, and I was prepared for it to be about double that cost. Hope this helps! For the time and sanity I saved, I think he was worth every penny!

  • Emily E

    I read a lot of DIY blogs, and we are remodeling our den. We’ve hired out the electrical, framing, sheetrocking, and a couple other things. I’ve felt a little guilty about it, so I appreciate that sometimes you have to realize that it’s going to save your sanity in the long run to contract out.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Emily! I appreciate it… I did have a bit of guilt at first. It went away quickly though… Best money I have spent in a long time! ;-)

  • shell1161

    Love your kitchen and your blog! You do some pretty amazing DIY projects. I am a DIYer myself,in the process of tearing out old linoleum in my family room and staining the concrete. WHAT A JOB!!! I am sore all over! I think it will look great when it;s finished.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      That’s awesome! Good for you for DIYing that! I believe I would have to call someone for that too :-))

  • Niki Blake

    LOve it!! I am in FRisco……nOrth Dallas area……is that close enough to use him?? LOVE your floors. WE jsut ripped up our bedroom carpet and are abou to PAINT our floors. :)

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I think so!! You are only 20 minutes or so from me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/courticus80 Courtney Ahroon Wilson

    SO pretty!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Courtney!! :-)

  • Sheils

    Looks awesome…but I have a very important question…your barstools?! Where?!

  • DPalmer

    Did the painters paint the cabinets with brushes or did they spray them?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      They brushed the paint on!

      Sent from my iPad

  • Mrs. Mike …

    Love it!!! I wish they were in Houston, I would love to have them come out and paint my grungy “I have four kids and a husband” white cabinets as well, lol….

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hahaha I SO know the feeling!! ;-)

  • Charilee

    Loving the “new” kitchen!! and I love your floors, I am trying to convince my husband to go that route but he keeps telling me he thinks walking on concrete will be hard on our feet…wah wah I will get my way eventually :) Quick question about your cabinets, that scroll embelishment or design not sure what its called, did you add that yourself?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      My cabinet maker added it with a little glue and nails before we had them painted. I love them! And I hear you… They eventually realize that our way is the best! ;-))

  • Jill Flory

    I love it! Grey is my fav – right up there with white in my all-white spaces! And yes, it’s still a DIY when you know when to hand parts of it over to the big guys! Good for you. Less stress that way too!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Jill!! Glad you agree! ;-)

  • eranfaraway

    Looks incredible! I love the pop of green the apples provide. I have you though about carrying a splash of color like that onto your stools?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I’m happy with them for now, but who knows! :-). Maybe in a year or so!

  • Darci

    Could you tell me what the name of your counter top is?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Santa Cecilia

  • http://www.facebook.com/tara.t.creel Tara Turley Creel

    I love it! That’s so funny, too, because the whole time I was thinking, how did she do her floors? Thanks for the p.s :)

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Haha… Well I figured I may get some questions. Glad to help!! ;-)

  • Michelle

    Beautiful cabniets! I love your kitchen!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Michelle!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mila.powers.5 Mila Powers

    Just beautiful! You mentioned the name of the color for your cabinets but dont see the name for walls and ceiling, besides the code you posted….could you share please?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Mila… When we moved in I had it painted with a Ralph Lauren color called Architectural Off-White. They have discontinued that line of paint, but HD will still make it if you ask for it. I had it matched with the Sherwin-Williams paint by taking in a piece of wood with the color on it. Hope this helps!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.hardin.14 Melissa Hardin

    Love the “new” kitchen! But, I want to know more about your stained concrete floors. LOVE!!!! Did you do them?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thanks Melissa! We had it done when we built the house. I know that is easier than pulling up existing floors, but I have seen it done and it is very cool and rustic. I like the texture and the old lines from old flooring it leaves behind. Mine cleans well and the kids can’t ruin it if they try. I do wish we would have gone with a better sealant because the stain is lightening in some areas we use a lot. Still love it though…. Adds to the rustic charm I suppose ;-) Hope this helps!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bejafoster Beja Foster

    AMAZING. Truly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your painter. I am in between Justin and Rhome and will hopefully be able to use him for the one area I can’t tackle… the vaulted stairway.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      That’s awesome Beja! You are very close to Ash! I agree… Call him up! He’s cheap and so worth it!

  • Stacy

    We just moved to the DFW area – going to keep the painters number handy and give him a call when we are ready to paint!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Great Stacy! Hope you love it here and glad to help! :-)

  • Laura D

    often times I see parts of kitchens I like…this is the first kitchen where i like everything…and i dont just like–I LOVE!!! My favorite kitchen by far (and ive seen probably thousands in planning ours!) We just installed Santa Cecilia, too. I love it, although I wish we’d gone with the creamier one like yours. great job! looks beautiful!!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you so much Laura!! You are sweet and this totally made my day! I would LOVE to see yours when you get it all finished!

  • Ali

    They look awesome! We had cream cabinets once with a glaze too and I felt like all I did was wipe them down, this is a sharp looking alternative to white cabinets. The grey with the creamy white trim is perfect!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Ali! Agreed… I felt like they were dirty ALL the time! I appreciate it!

  • Rachel

    Very nice. Where can I find the “before” pictures?

  • Andrea

    This looks great. I’ve been seeing a lot of gray kitchens lately. Si glad you could find someone to do the work for you.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thanks so much Andrea!! I was too! ;-) I appreciate it!

  • Thien

    I LOOOOOVE IT! Do you guys have a home tour link on the site that I’m missing? I wish y’all could come give me tips on mine bc I know what I like but I can’t make it happen =(

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      You are sweet Thien! We have pics of just about every inch of the houses, but we haven’t done a tour post… Good thinking though! Maybe we can add that to the lineup!