Painted Kitchen Cabinets in Custom Gray

I finished this job awhile ago, but just recently received photos of it from the homeowner.  This was such a fun project – the homeowner has amazing taste, and I loved all of her selections in transforming her kitchens without completely starting from scratch.  The project included new quartz countertops, sink and faucet, backsplash, hardware, and trimming out her existing island and peninsula.  A new light fixture is in the works as well, but for the most part, it’s done.  These cabinets are a bit different in terms of color, since she had a door sample that we had color matched.  I think you’re going to love this transformation with painted kitchen cabinets in custom gray.  It’s such a nice change from the norm, and I love seeing a finished project come together.

Kitchen Makeover – Before

The bones of this kitchen are good, and the homeowner has a knack for making things look pretty (her family room was a tip off to me), so I was excited about this job when I first met for a consultation.  They had considered moving, but decided to stay put and didn’t want to rip everything out, but still wanted a new look.

Cherry Kitchen Makeover - Before

Cherry Kitchen Makeover - Before

Kitchen Makeover – The Plan

We talked about finishes and the overall plan for the space, and I was inspired by the vision (and would love something similar in my own home, quite frankly).  The quartz has a nice mix of gray and brown/beige, and the burnished brass hardware coupled with the painted kitchen cabinets in custom gray are a really sophisticated look.  

Brass Hardware with Quartz Counters

The faucet alone is a work of art, don’t you think?

But one of the other really big changes in this space was the custom trim that was added to the island and peninsula.  It’s truly a show stopper, and takes the whole kitchen up a couple of notches.  Even before the countertops were installed, you could see what a big change this would make to this kitchen.

Gray Painted Kitchen Cabinets – After

I love, love, LOVE how this kitchen turned out.  So classic and sophisticated.  A change from all of the white that you see everywhere, but still bright and modern.  They ended up going with a different pull because the holes that were drilled were just a hair off of the new ones.  But I still think the final look is beautifully polished.

Gray Kitchen Cabinets - Kitchen Makeover

Painted Gray Cabinets

Painted Gray Cabinets - Kitchen Makeover

Light Gray Painted Cabinets - Kitchen

As always, it’s a privilege to do this work, and I always love it when homeowners take the time to send me finished photos of their spaces, even after I’m long gone.  What do you think of these painted kitchen cabinets in custom gray?  Would you go this route as opposed to white?  I most certainly would.  Totally on board with this look.

I hope you’re all staying sane during this challenging time and can appreciate some prettiness like this in your day.  I think we all need some pretty right now.

Do you want to see other popular gray paint colors?  Check out this post.  If you’re interested in how these transformations are done, check out this post here. Do you want to see kitchens in other shades of gray?  Check out these beauties:

Painted Kitchen Cabinets in Sherwin Williams’ Mindful Gray

Painted Kitchen Cabinets in Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray

Two Toned Kitchen Cabinets in Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray and Gauntlet Gray

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    March 31, 2020 at 9:48 am

    I LOVE IT! My husband and I are both having to work remotely for at least another month due to the quarantine so we have plenty of things to do around the house. Hubby is now on board with painting our cabinets. I’ve been leaning towards gray as I am not a white cabinet person at all. I actually would love to do navy but my 85 year old Mom lives with us and I think that would throw her over the edge to do that to oak cabinets. Your kitchen transformations have been my inspiration!

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      April 1, 2020 at 9:47 am

      I’m so happy to hear that! I really love the trend towards neutral greiges and it’s what I would do if I could completely start over!

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    March 31, 2020 at 10:47 am

    It turned out so pretty!!! Looks like her home from the tiny glimpse of the other room is beautiful!!! I want to see more of it. Our Parade of Homes up here in the Twin Cities was thwarted by this flipping virus.

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      April 1, 2020 at 9:45 am

      It is gorgeous. She has wonderful taste!

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      April 1, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Her home is beautiful – she has amazing taste!

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    Pamela Bolton
    April 1, 2020 at 2:19 am

    I love this kitchen. It is one of your best. The new backsplash works so well with the cabinet color. The only thing that I wish your homeowners had asked for is for you to paint there china cabinet the same custom gray.

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      April 1, 2020 at 9:44 am

      I love this one too Pamela! It helps when the homeowner has amazing taste! 😉

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    April 3, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Love this! Do you know the counter top info? We just finished painting our cabinets Gauntlet Grey and an trying to narrow down our choices! Thanks

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      April 5, 2020 at 11:09 am

      I don’t know the details of the counters – just that it was quartz. So gorgeous though.

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