Friday, February 21, 2014

My Gray Kitchen - The Big Reveal

I will go to extreme measures to make sure I don't have any gray hair but, for some reason, I am embracing the gray in my newly painted kitchen.


The changes we made in our kitchen were few and frugal but had a HUGE impact.


Originally, the kitchen was painted with 'Remember The Alamo' by Dutch Boy, a tan paint that had green undertones.


Wanting an update, we debated over what seemed like 50 shades of Gray (how could I resist that reference?).


Stonington Gray, by Benjamin Moore, ended up being the winner.

Stonington Gray is a pale gray that has a calming effect and tranquil feel.   


The Stonington Gray set against our white cabinets not only softened how everything looked but brightened it up as well.  All of the sudden, it seemed as if the kitchen grew up.  It suddenly become more elegant and sophisticated.  


Though, to be fair, the sophistication might also be due in part to my chandelier.


The chandelier the mister bought me for my birthday finally got hung.


 And, just as much as I admire it during the day, I can't but help admire it even more at night.


The other changes to the kitchen were minor, and again frugal.


The cafe stools were painted with a grain sack design. 


We added vintage cast iron brackets to the bottom of our kitchen cabinets.


Getting a custom look without paying custom prices.


Though the pantry remains painted in Remember The Alamo, it fortunately transitions well with the kitchen.  After spending several days hand stenciling the walls, the last thing I want to do is repaint the pantry.


Now, from each and every angle...



The kitchen makes me happy...just because.


And, of course, the fresh flowers help too.


Cost of (1) can of paint (Stonington Gray) $30
Cost of Chandelier $100 (though, technically it was a birthday gift)
Cost of cabinet brackets $7
Cost of newly painted cafe stools $0

So, for under $150, my kitchen grew up and embraced her gray.

31 comments:

  1. This is one of the prettiest kitchens I have EVER seen! no kidding - I LOVE the colors!

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  2. What a HUGE (yet affordable) UPDATE!!!!!!!!! It really changes the entire vibe of the room! I LOVE IT! Love the brackets too.

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  3. Great color & details! And that chandelier is fab!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  4. oh amy, it's beautiful! and i'm still having some serious boot envy, hehehe! come to my hacienda and help me paint!! luv it all!

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  5. You're right, the color you chose is calming and tranquil and sophisticated all at the same time. Your kitchen really did grow up. And the chandelier is gorgeous! Bravo!

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  6. It looks beautiful! I love the gray you chose too. We are about to paint something else gray in our house and I can't wait. I think it looks amazing if your kitchen. Like mwimp above I too have boot envy. : )

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  7. You chose a beautiful color! And I'm so glad you didn't paint the pantry. Your hand stenciling is too pretty to paint over. And the chandelier. ooh lala! That is one of the updates I want to do in my house. Get rid of the nasty light fixtures.

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  8. It is gorgeous! I love the shade of gray you picked out. I wouldn't redo your pantry either. I think the colors look good together and your hand stenciled walls are way too awesome to paint over.

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    1. Thank you so much Amber. I'm so glad I embraced the gray. Now I'm ready to paint the rest of the house (again!).

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  9. Oh WOW! I love the new look of your kitchen. A perfect shade of gray! And that chandelier looks absolutely lovely! I am jealous! Especially since I'm living in demolition land!

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  10. Wow, it looks great. I like the gray a lot. And your chandelier looks wonderful. I had to grab my hubby and share your amazing work with him. He loves your pantry and so do I! :-)

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  11. Your kitchen looks so awesome Amy! It's amazing what a change in paint colour can do. The gray really shows off your white cabinets, and it also makes your lovely floor stand out more. Your pantry is perfection and I wouldn't change a thing. Oh... and that chandelier is gorgeous!!

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  12. Gorgeous Amy and that chandelier is just beautiful and quite frankly the 50 shades of Gray books were no where near as exciting as your kitchen!!

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  13. Even though I did love the tan, I think I do love the gray even more! Like you said it does brighten the kitchen up and it does add a different level of sophistication. Wonderful color choice Amy!! And every other new detail is just as wonderful! I so adore your kitchen. :)

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  14. Beautiful Amy, I love it! I'm trying to think of a witty comment about 50 shades, but I got nuthin'.

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  15. I love it! What kind of material are your counters? I don't think I could convince the husband to paint our oak cabinets, but I love your white ones.

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  16. Oh Amy! It's just gorgeous! Isn't is interesting how grey can become a warm and inviting color? Your kitchen certainly is elegant and does your chandelier proud! That is one wonderful birthday present for sure! I'm so glad to see your reveal and it certainly makes me feel better about my color choices. (That's why you did it, right? Just to make me feel better?) If mine turns out half as lovely I'll be thrilled! Great job Amy!

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  17. It's the perfect share of gray, and the chandelier really is such a game changer. I'm sort of in love wth your whole house, but the pantry is extra cute. Glad you're loving your new kitchen! I can't believe all that in lace fot $130!

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  18. Can't believe *all that impact*, auto correct!!

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  19. Amy I can't even begin to say how much I love every single thing about your kitchen! I'm a huge fan of grey (though NOT in my hair either!) and that chandi is just too cool! I am now contemplating that option for my living room. I still have a ceiling fan but now that we have central heat and will soon have central a/c too I am getting rid of the fan. I just love how this one looks in your house! My biggest issue with a chandi is getting one that will look right not hanging very low. The light isn't over a table or anything so everyone has to be able to walk under it.
    I love the little details that really make this room pop - the shelf brackets under the cupboard, the awesome grain sack stools - it's all so cool!

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  20. Though I liked the neutral green, side by side to the gray, I like the gray MUCH better. It is more calming and modern and sophisticated, just like its residents :). Great choice! LOVE IT. I also love the pantry with the stenciled wall. I cannot even begin to imagine how much time that took. It's awesome though!

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  21. Wow! Wow! Wowwwww!!! This is just amazing! I can't believe what powers you have!! I mean a can of grey paint paired with your beautiful birthday present and, viola, whole new kitchen. Simply dazzling!!!!

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  22. Your kitchen is perfect! I bet that the house is beautiful as the kitchen is. I love the chandelier, the way the kitchen colored in the shade of gray. Classy!

    Sebastian of
    Bali Hut Super Store

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  23. This is a designer class kitchen makeover and I'm pinning!

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  24. LOVE the grey!!! So beautiful! Great job Amy. I wish you were closer, I would totally have you over to help me with my house. I'm hopeless with this stuff. Very well done, and so beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much Janiene. Oh, I wished I lived closer for a lot of reasons :)

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  25. Beautiful!!!!! Though, I did love the before too! And now I want to paint my kitchen gray and get that awesome chandelier too!!!

    :) Linda

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  26. Looks great!! Love the brackets you added. Did you do that under all the cabinets or just a few?

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