Simply White and Chelsea Gray Kitchen

Lately I’ve been working on a lot of different kitchens, in different stages of the remodeling process, and I always enjoy seeing things come together.  This kitchen had great bones to work with, but the homeowners were looking to give it a lift.  They were updating the floors, the counters, the cabinets, paint, backsplash – everything.  I stepped in for the cabinet portion of it and it turned into a beautifully updated Simply White and Chelsea Gray Kitchen.  I have said it before – I love a white kitchen, but also enjoy changing things up and doing something different.  This kitchen gave me that opportunity.

The Before

Like I said, this kitchen has great bones – a nice layout, lots of storage, and sturdy construction.  No reason to break the bank and replace all of the cabinets in this kitchen.

Maple Kitchen Before

Kitchen Makeover Before

Kitchen Redo - Before

Kitchen Makeover Before

The Updates

Lots of great updates have taken place since I first visited this kitchen.  New floors, beautiful new quartz countertops, new sink and faucet, new hardware thanks to D. Lawless Hardware, and the backsplash is going to be installed soon.  The knobs for the doors were off when I reinstalled them, thus the reason they’re not on the upper cabinets.

Chelsea Gray Cabinets with Bronze Hardware

Even cute new barstools that look like they were made for this kitchen.

Simply White and Chelsea Gray Kitchen Quartz Counters

You may remember me talking about having a kitchen where the paint was mistinted.  This was the one.  You can see by comparing these two photos that the white was definitely not right.  The homeowner had painted the soffit to match the cabinets, and once the doors were up, we noticed how off they were.  The homeowner was very sweet, and I know she would have made this color work if she could have, but with the beautiful white quartz countertops, it just wasn’t going to work, and I don’t blame her in the least.

Gray and White Kitchen Mistint

Mistinted upper cabinets – oh no!

The After

So, I resprayed the doors and repainted the frames, and now it’s finally right.  You can really appreciate the beautiful new floors here too.  I love how they pair with the Chelsea Gray paint color on the lower cabinets.  And the Simply White is a great, clean white that is a go-to for me.

Gray and White Kitchen Makeover

In the area with the desk, we debated on how to do the two toned look, since there isn’t a logical break for it to happen.  

Desk Area Before

I think painting the desk area gray worked out just right.  And how cute is that chair?  Really changes the whole vibe of the space.

Gray and White Two Toned Kitchen Cabinets

Let’s get back to some side by side before and after photos to full appreciate the change, shall we?

Kitchen Makeover Before

Simply White and Chelsea Gray Kitchen Makeover

Maple Kitchen Before

Two Toned Gray and White Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Makeover BeforeChelsea Gray Cabinets

Kitchen Redo - Before

Gray and White Two Toned Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

And how about this as a side by side comparison?

Gray and White Kitchen Before and After

What do you think about two-toned kitchens?  I’m really happy with how this one turned out, even with the mistint mishap.  It has a whole new look and is ready for guests.

If you’re looking to paint your cabinets, but don’t know where to begin, check out this post for a step by step tutorial.  If you want your cabinets painted, but don’t feel up to the task and are in the Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio area, contact me for a free quote.







  • Reply
    Cassie Bustamante
    September 12, 2017 at 7:54 am

    what a difference! it looks beautiful and love the more modern hardware.

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    September 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Looks amazing, great job! Any idea where the cabinet and drawer hardware came from?

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    September 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Looks beautiful! I love the white cabinets on top and gray on the bottom.

    What trend are you seeing in flooring in kitchens? I am in Wisconsin and at the last parade of homes in my area, so many homes had luxury vinyl plank throughout the first floor. Are you seeing this too in your area? Or are people putting in engineered hardwood or something else?

    Thank you!

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      September 12, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      I’m seeing a little bit of everything around here. At our Homearama, there was a lot of engineered hardwoods in the basements, and hardwoods are still very popular (wider planked, mid-tone). I’m seeing some vinyl plank flooring, but not in the high end homes quite as much. But it’s really come a LONG way! I’ve been really impressed by some of the vinyl plank flooring that’s out there these days!

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    September 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    This two toned looks great! I really, really want to paint my cabinets Simply White but having a hard time pulling the trigger.
    I know you weren’t involved with the flooring, but it looks like it was hardwood in the before and hardwood again the after??
    We have hardwood all over main level but after 20 years the color has gotten soooo golden. I’m not sure if I want to invest the $$ to completely sand, re-stain and re-seal just to have the kitchen get all scratched up again in a couple years. We have a floating “wood” plank laminate upstairs that I adore and wears like iron. It would actually be much less expensive to install that ourselves downstairs to float over the orange-y hardwood and give me look I want. Of course my husband thinks I’m crazy to even consider putting laminate over hardwood!! Would that be insane?! I’m sure you know the 20 year old hardwood color I’m talking about!

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    February 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I’m painting my kitchen cabinets and when I sanded , I took it almost to the bare wood because I really wasn’t sure how far to go and didn’t feel like I was getting the of.. I’ve primed with kilz 2 which is water based and already painted. Reading through your blog, I am now concerned that I used water based on a lot of bare wood. It is a maple wood. Do I need to be concEarned that I am going to have problems? Thanks

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      February 23, 2018 at 7:47 am

      How does the wood grain feel? Thats the main issue that I’ve seen with raw wood is that the wood grain raises. If you don’t have an issue – I wouldn’t worry about it. 🙂

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    October 13, 2021 at 9:40 am

    What is the wall color?

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      October 26, 2021 at 6:49 am

      Sorry – I don’t know the color. I was only tasked with the cabinets.

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