I had a little bit of a lull in painting kitchen cabinets over the holidays (for the first time ever), but things have picked up like crazy ever since. Honestly, with 10+ cabinet jobs in the pipeline right now, I’m kind of freaking out. While I don’t mind working hard, and I absolutely love transforming kitchens, this work gets downright exhausting. I now understand why you see construction workers buying a 12 pack of beer on their way home from work, if that makes sense. My body is just wiped out at the end of the day. So, I’m seriously looking into hiring help. It’s time. Even though it’s scary. If I can find someone to help me tackle some of this work, I think I’ll feel a lot less stressed (and if you’re in the Dayton, Ohio area and are interested in being a paid apprentice of sorts, contact me). In the meantime, I’m kicking things off with this gorgeous Grand Teton White and Temptation Gray cabinets.
I will preface this post by saying that this kitchen (and home) are already gorgeous. The homeowners were just looking to brighten things up a bit, because they don’t get as much light as they would like, given the way the house is positioned. But the house is beautiful, and it’s always fun to work in a place that has good bones.
The island was a shade of green that doesn’t seem to read well in photos. But they wanted to go with a darker gray – Benjamin Moore’s Temptation for the island, to give it some contrast against the white. There was a whole lot of green going on in this space – the walls, the island, the backsplash – they’re looking to give it a new look.
I also was tasked with painting the built-ins in their family room – the same color as the perimeter cabinets – Grand Teton White.
New Backsplash Tile
Before I got started painting the cabinet frames, a new backsplash tile had been installed. It’s a soft gray that really works well the the granite and the new color palette that they’re incorporating.
This is the first time that I’ve used Grand Teton White on kitchen cabinets, and I really love it. It’s a soft, warm white, and it is also the same color as the trim in this house. With the warm colors in the granite, it works really well, and still reads as a pretty white relative to the other finishes.
Isn’t it gorgeous? The walls are going to be painted in “Apparition” and the homeowners said they would send me more photos when everything is complete.
The Temptation gray paint color is a great gray in this kitchen with lots of warm colors going on. It’s not too dark, nor too light, nor too cool. Just right.
You can see here how well this color combination works in this kitchen. And the homeowner commented on how different the granite looks now with the new paint colors. I always tell customers that their granite will change in ways that are similar to the cabinets – a whole new look.
And the built-ins got their Grand Teton White as well. The homeowners opted to leave the mantel the stained wood color, and it still works, as there are stained columns in the house as well as the gorgeous beamed ceiling.
Grand Teton White is going to be on my list now for warm whites, as there are a lot of customers that I work with that have a lot of warm colors that they need to incorporate into their kitchen update. It’s always nice to have firsthand experience with new paint colors when you recommend them. The same goes for the Temptation gray paint color. It’s a nice gray that isn’t too dark, not too cool, just a pretty shade of gray.
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Many more kitchens to come my friends!