Painted Cabinets in Repose Gray and Gauntlet Gray

This is a large client kitchen with a twist – two toned cabinets.  The homeowner has amazing taste, and has made changes to their home over the five years that they’ve lived there.  The cabinets are another step in the process to the finished product.  They already replaced the countertops and floors, and a new backsplash and cabinet hardware are in the works as well.  I came in and painted the cabinets.  The upper cabinets in Repose Gray and the lower cabinets in Gauntlet Gray (Sherwin Williams colors).


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

Repose Gray and Gauntlet Gray Cabinets

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.

Repose Gray Cabinets

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

Gauntlet Gray Cabinets Before and After

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.

Repose Gray Painted Cabinets

Color Choices

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



The result is stunning.

Repose Gray and Gauntlet Gray Painted Cabinets Sherwin Williams
Repose Gray and Gauntlet Gray Kitchen Cabinets Quartz Countertops
Repose Gray and Gauntlet Gray Kitchen Cabinets Before and After
Gauntlet Gray Cabinets
Two Toned Gray Kitchen Cabinets

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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 @
    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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    October 16, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    I love these two colors. We’re repainting our kitchen walls and cabinets. Since you’ve used both colors, would you recommend using Repose Gray as the wall color and Gauntlet Gray for the kitchen cabinets? Wasn’t sure if they would look too muddy together or if there would be enough contrast. Would love your thoughts!

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      October 26, 2021 at 6:48 am

      I think that would look beautiful!

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