This kitchen project came about as a result of a leaking dishwasher, which lead to new flooring, painted cabinets, new countertops – your typical Kitchen Project Snowball that I see so often when customers undertake renovations. One thing always seems to lead to another, even if that wasn’t the original plan. This kitchen came a long way from the mess they were dealing with when I arrived. I think you’ll appreciate the transformation, and some cabinets that aren’t painted white for a change. This kitchen as painted kitchen cabinets in Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray. Let’s take a look at where it all began, shall we?
You can see that things were in a state of chaos when I got started. Flooring was partially pulled out (which made it kind of nice for me from a painting perspective, as I didn’t have to worry about messing up the floors).
Like I mentioned, the homeowners ended up replacing not only the flooring, but also the countertops and backsplash. The countertops they chose were actually a laminate, and looked spectacular when everything was put together. A key part of the countertops looking so finished was that they had added undermount sink and had them cut so that the there was no “lip” that infringed on the space for the backsplash like the old countertops did. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the end look. I know I was.
You know I love painting cabinets in colors other than white, and I think you enjoy seeing something other than white as much as I like sharing them. Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray is a mid-tone gray that’s not too dark, not too light and not an overly cool gray either. It’s a nice gray to contrast with a lighter counter, backsplash, wall color, etc…
All of the work wasn’t finished when I finished painting the cabinets, but you can still see the transformation starting to come together.
After – Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray Cabinets
The homeowner was kind enough to send me photos as the other pieces of the kitchen makeover came together. It’s really a great transformation that doesn’t kill the budget! Here you can see it in it’s “almost finished state, with the new laminate counters, undermount sink and flooring. Small things like that really change the overall design aesthetic.
And here it is with the hardware and backsplash installed.
Would you paint your cabinets gray if you had the opportunity? What do you think of this transformation?
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CarinOctober 7, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Hi, I’m trying to understand how they were able to add an undermount sink with laminate. Can you please explain how or what was cut for the undermount sink? How they were able to install this on laminate. I love the cabinet color! Thank you!
JennyOctober 7, 2019 at 8:33 pm
I’m not sure how they did it, but it really makes it look custom, doesn’t it?
WendyOctober 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm
Love the colors and great job on the cabinets. The Dorian gray goes so well with the other changes they made, Can you share the countertop name? I really like the look of it.
JennyOctober 7, 2019 at 8:34 pm
I’m not sure of the countertop name – let me see if I can find any notes on it.
Monte PerezOctober 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm
MRP Painting here. We have chatted before.
We paint a fair amount of cabinets in color SW7030 Anew Gray. Great color against very neutral wall color.
JennyOctober 7, 2019 at 8:32 pm
I *love* Anew Gray! I did a kitchen in that color, and it’s truly one of my favorites. A really great versatile color that is still bright, but a nice alternative to white!
Traci BrownOctober 7, 2019 at 9:07 pm
Looks fantastic!!!!!! Yes, please explain the undermount sink…I’m very intrigued!!
Jorge c.October 7, 2019 at 11:54 pm
I want to know What kind paint? Conversion , lacquer??
JennyOctober 8, 2019 at 9:11 pm
On this kitchen I used PPG Breakthrough (250 VOC), but I have started using 2k poly products recently and really love them.
perpetualWAROctober 8, 2019 at 12:46 am
So so so tired of GREY!!!!
This color combo: grey/white screams dated already!
NancyOctober 8, 2019 at 1:37 pm
I ALWAYS thought you had to buy a special kit to paint cabinets. Can you really just paint them?
JennyOctober 8, 2019 at 9:10 pm
It’s not quite as simple as just painting them – I follow a very specific procedure and use products made for cabinets. More details available on my blog!
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CarlaOctober 9, 2019 at 9:38 am
We also have laminate countertops and an undermount sink. I believe it is a Wilsonart product. We have had it for well over 5 years and everything is holding up great. Maybe too good as this was our short-term plan until we can completely redo our kitchen!
JennyOctober 9, 2019 at 10:03 pm
That undermount sink and countertop combination are game changers!
lisaFebruary 12, 2020 at 10:15 am
I’m about to paint my cabinets in dorian gray. In your pictures it almost looks green. I’m worried about that undertone. Do you think I should go a shade darker or lighter on that color swatch? I have to decide by today!
JennyFebruary 13, 2020 at 7:48 pm
My suggestion would to get large scale samples so you can see it in your house, your lighting, etc… Hard to tell from a small paint swatch.