A Two-Toned Client Kitchen + An Announcement


Now that I’ve recovered from The One Room Challenge, I wanted to share another big project that I finished during the same time period.  Yes, this is why I was crazy-insane-exhausted.  But I love it.  I really do.  After working in a corporate job for over 20 years, working for myself, using my hands and creativity is so rewarding.

This is the largest client kitchen job I have undertaken to date, and I’m so happy with how it came together.  The homeowner has amazing taste, and has been making changes to their home over the five years that they’ve lived there, and the cabinets were another step in the process.  They have already replaced the countertops and floors, and a new backsplash and cabinet hardware are in the works as well.

As you can see, the kitchen was already beautiful.  But they weren’t in keeping with her style, and they showed every speck of dust.

She has slowly been making over their home, putting her own stamp on it.  As you can see through the kitchen in the photo below, there is a stunning built-in that they added, which is the same darker gray color that we used on the cabinets.

The countertops and the flooring have also been replaced.  The countertops are a gorgeous white and gray quartz.

They also have this lovely “drop zone” with glass cabinetry for display, and loads of addition storage.  Let me just say, I want one of these.

For colors, the homeowner already had them chosen – Repose Gray and Gauntlet Gray – both of them Sherwin Williams colors (color matched for Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint).

The result is stunning.

On another exciting note, I have made my painting business legit – I’m now an LLC and am bonded and insured.  The whole nine yards.  I have kept this to myself for the most part – not sure why, fear of failure maybe?  But, I wanted to share it with you because I’m really excited about the projects that I’ve hired to do, and the great people I’ve met as a result of starting this little business.  It’s so rewarding to create and grow something of your own.

So, if you’re in the Dayton/Cincinnati area, and have a kitchen or bathroom that needs a lift, give me a shout – jenny.williamson@gmail.com.

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  • Reply
    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    May 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    congrats to you! and hello pretty kitchen!

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    Cyndy Aldred
    May 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Oh my, kitchen is so beautiful!! You always blow me away girl! Congrats on launching Fresh Paint Designs!! So excited for you! xo

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    Cynthia@Ornamental Style
    May 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I've been waiting to see this kitchen since you first mentioned it. Gorgeous! And congratulations on legitimizing your business. Great name, too.

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    pam {simple details}
    May 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Wow Jenny, it's gorgeous!! Congrats, so awesome you're starting out with lots of happy clients as referrals, too! 🙂

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    Jennifer Schmitz
    May 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Congradulations…on several things! For starters, transitioning out of corporate America and into your own business. And of course, the kitchen looks great too! Love it!

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    May 15, 2015 at 4:24 am

    This looks amazing and I am most excited about your new venture…so fun!!

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    donna bailey
    May 22, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Great job! I love what you have done with that place. Adore dark floorings. Looks divine! Regards,
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    Melissa @ CharismaHomes.com
    May 28, 2015 at 4:51 am

    The kitchen is beautiful! You clearly have a knack for painting cabinets and it's great to see you turn that into a business. Good luck to you!

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    Jenny Johnston
    June 10, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Soooo GORGEOUS!!!!!! May I ask what the wall color is? Do you think BM Chelsea Gray is a good comparison to SW Gauntlet Gray?

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    June 29, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Jenny,
    I have a question for the expert… What finish should I use for my cabinets, satin or semi gloss? I am thinking about using Sherwin Williams mindful gray for my cabinets and either dovetail or homburg gray for the cabinets on my island bar. I am looking for a contrats with a coordinating color and dovetail is on the same locator as mindful gray and I read that homburg gray is a coordinating color of mindful gray. I would love to hear what you think.

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      July 8, 2016 at 12:00 am

      I always go with a satin finish on my cabinet jobs – it’s the perfect sheen without being too glossy. Mindful Gray and Dovetail look like a gorgeous combo!

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        September 25, 2016 at 5:28 pm

        Where exactly did you use the repose and gauntlet grey. Am I seeing the repose on top and gauntlet on lower? Looks beautiful! I know I’m replying to an old post so I’m hoping you will see this. Two toned kitchen, may 2015


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          September 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

          Yes – the Repose Gray was on the top cabinets, with the Gauntlet Gray on the bottom. The only exception was in the oven area, since there was no place for a clean break in the upper and lower cabinets. In that area, we did all Gauntlet Gray. It’s really a gorgeous color combination!

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      February 28, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Love the two tone gray kitchen. I am using the same colors to paint my cabinets. What process did you use to paint. Did you sand, prime, … Did you roll or spray the cabinets? Thanks.

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    January 21, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Simply Beautiful! Wondered if you prime cabinetry before painting with BM. I remodeled my kitchen– sanded, primed, cured, sanded high grit, then painted a dark espresso, sanded, painted, cured, for weeks-month before hanging. Every now and then I’ll get a Nick and ended up with base primer showing up. Have you ever just painted on a sanded wood surface (no prime)? Wondering what would happen?

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      January 21, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      I always, always, always clean, sand prime and paint. Small nicks here and there are normal, but I would never skip on good prep.

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    July 27, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Dear Jenny!
    Love this 2 toned kitchen. What color did you paint the walls, please? Saw that someone else asked that question, but don’t see your response.

    Gloria Martin

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      July 29, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      I’m sorry, I don’t know the wall color.

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        August 5, 2018 at 8:06 am

        Thanks… was it the same color or lighter than the upper cabinets? Want to do something similar, not with grey/gray though ….

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