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 ;-))…


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!


P.S.  My floors are stained concrete.  😉


  1. walk-in closet on June 27, 2013 at 6:11 am

    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…

  2. Kelly Siebert on May 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

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

  3. Melissa Moore on May 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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

  4. Cindy on March 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    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!!

  5. Becky Murdoch Clay on February 12, 2013 at 11:18 pm

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

  6. Jessica Harris on November 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    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??

  7. Kelley Shaw on October 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

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

  8. Kelley Shaw on October 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

    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?

  9. Bev on October 19, 2012 at 6:39 am

    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.

  10. Michele Alger on October 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    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!! 😉

  11. Vanessa on October 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    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?

  12. Caroline on October 2, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Wow! Love it!!!!

  13. Michele on September 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    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?

  14. McKayla on September 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

    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!

  15. Carra Crehan on September 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    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.

  16. Sharon Rowlett Decker on September 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Love it!!

  17. Ashlee on September 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    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?

    • Shanty2Chic on September 28, 2012 at 5:31 am

      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!

  18. angie on September 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 28, 2012 at 5:33 am

      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!

  19. Emily E on September 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on September 28, 2012 at 5:33 am

      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! 😉

  20. shell1161 on September 27, 2012 at 8:30 am

    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!!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 28, 2012 at 5:34 am

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

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