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. Ashley on December 28, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Love your floors! Did you do them yourself?

  2. Haley on April 20, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Can you tell me what color your stained concrete floor is?

  3. Ginny on February 25, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Could you tell me what color your trim is? Is it the same as your walls and ceiling?

  4. Adnrea on February 1, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    You said S.W. color matched your paint. Can you tell me the original Valspar color so I can look at it. Sometimes monitors show differently, so I’d like to see it in person.

  5. kate on July 31, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Do you have the name of the stain and the name of the stain color for the floor? Everything looks great!

  6. Heather on February 17, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    It’s been years since you had them painted. Have they held up? Do you still recommend an oil-based paint for cabinets AND my biggest question… Did your painters remove all the cabinet doors?! That’s the part I dread most!!

  7. Julie on October 16, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Hi. I know this is a very old post so I hope you read these. What is the name of the lighter cabinets throughout the kitchen? It’s just the cabinet around the oven that is Coastal Villa, right?

  8. Leslie on September 10, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Hey there!

    I am looking to rip out the carpet in our living room. It is the only room on a slab. Every other room is hardwood on a raised foundation. Did you polish the concrete yourself? I am thinking that is a big job and probably better to have a pro do it?

  9. amanda on August 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Did you stain the floors yourself!? we are building now and my kitchen looks very similar to your colors! we are also staining the floors and i cant find many reviews for what the best brand is, can you share what brand you used!?
    color too if u know

  10. Jill Rosenberg on July 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I’m having st ceclila granite installed and have been imagining my kitch until I saw it IN YOUR BLOG! My dream on fleekkk! Just love. To clarify, the two colors of paint fr Sherwin Williams are what you used for 1) cabinet 2) walls, ceiling and trim. Is that correct? Thanks and hope you’re still loving it…Jill

  11. Justme on April 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Love the Santa Cecelia granite. Who did your countertop? I’m in Fort Worth – my cabinets are almost completed and this pattern has a real wow factor….

  12. Shelly Bartell Sade on July 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I see cement floors. I am thinking about cement floors in our basement. I am concerned that it will look and feel to cold and unfinished. Our house has allot of trim and wainscoting like yours. We plan on having a large area rug to help. How do you like your floor? Do you have any prose and cons to help with the decision? Thanks

  13. Yvonne lacasse on October 6, 2015 at 7:49 am

    i have chosen the color moody grey for my cabinets what color would be best on the walls and counter top

    • Yvonne lacasse on October 6, 2015 at 7:50 am

      it is from behr paints

  14. Krystal Lynne Chism on July 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Are the cabinets over you stove top and the cabinets over your fridge the same color? They look different from the different angles.

    • Shanty2Chic on July 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Same color… It’s the lighting 🙂

  15. Timi Roper on April 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    What color stain did you use on the concrete floors?

  16. Emily on December 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    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.

  17. Cherri on October 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

    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!

  18. Lori on August 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    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?

  19. Laura Ferentz-Hile on June 27, 2014 at 4:53 am

    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!!!

  20. Sherilan Young on December 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    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

  21. Mallorie on December 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm

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

  22. Elisha Overby Finnegan on November 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    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!

    • Sandra Cummins on May 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Love the colors. If you were to buy the wall and trim paint from Valspar, what is the color’s name?

  23. Grit + Gold on September 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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

  24. postsfromkaty on August 9, 2013 at 8:04 am

    nice post

  25. 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…

  26. 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

  27. 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!!

  28. 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!!

  29. 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?

  30. 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??

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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!! 😉

  35. 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?

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

    Wow! Love it!!!!

  37. 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?

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

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

    Love it!!

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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! 😉

  44. 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 :-))

  45. Niki Blake on September 27, 2012 at 7:08 am

    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. 🙂

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

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

    • Farrin on October 20, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Hi question what did you do your floors with??

  46. Courtney Ahroon Wilson on September 27, 2012 at 4:45 am

    SO pretty!!

  47. Sheils on September 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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

  48. DPalmer on September 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on September 27, 2012 at 4:54 am

      They brushed the paint on!

      Sent from my iPad

  49. Mrs. Mike ... on September 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    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….

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Hahaha I SO know the feeling!! 😉

  50. Charilee on September 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    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?

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      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! ;-))

  51. Jill Flory on September 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you Jill!! Glad you agree! 😉

  52. eranfaraway on September 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    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?

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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

  53. Darci on September 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

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

  54. Tara Turley Creel on September 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    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 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Haha… Well I figured I may get some questions. Glad to help!! 😉

  55. Michelle on September 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful cabniets! I love your kitchen!

  56. Mila Powers on September 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    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?

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

      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!!

  57. Melissa Hardin on September 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

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

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

      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!

      • Laurie on August 2, 2018 at 8:55 pm

        Do you happen to remember the color of the stain you used for the floors? We are building a house and my husband is staining our floors next week so that means I pick stain this weekend! Love the color of yours!

      • Shelby on August 16, 2018 at 8:22 am

        Hey! I know this is from 2012, BUT do you happen to remember name of stain you used for your floors?

        • ANgie on October 8, 2018 at 8:25 pm

          I would be curious to know as well!

      • Lacy on August 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm

        Beautiful kitchen! What is your backsplash made of? Where can I find it?

  58. Beja Foster on September 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

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

  59. Stacy on September 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Great Stacy! Hope you love it here and glad to help! 🙂

  60. Laura D on September 26, 2012 at 8:21 am

    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!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

      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!

  61. Ali on September 26, 2012 at 8:17 am

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 8:41 am

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

  62. Rachel on September 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

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

  63. Andrea on September 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Thanks so much Andrea!! I was too! 😉 I appreciate it!

  64. Thien on September 26, 2012 at 7:56 am

    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 =(

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

      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!

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