Our Kitchen Remodel With Paint: The Before

We moved into our first home in November.  Most of the houses in our town are old, and ours is no exception.  However, we were excited because most of our house had been upgraded by the seller just before we moved in.  For the first time in my adult life, I have a kitchen with actual working appliances. In the past, I have used my dishwasher as extra storage, and it was 50/50 whether or not I was going to burn dinner in our 30-year-old oven. It was easy to say that I was grateful for my new kitchen, but I wasn’t over the moon.  While the cupboards were beautiful, they didn’t reflect our style. If you’ve been reading here for a while then you know that I love bright, crisp white with pops of color–a far cry from the kitchen we moved into. So even though we were nervous, and even though most people thought we were absolutely crazy–with the help of Sherwin-Williams and their color selection tools, we decided to strip down our brand new cupboards and paint them white.  Ahhhhh! Here is the beginning of our adventure:





I think the hardest part about painting is actually choosing the color. Our kitchen opens up to our family room, so, in addition to painting the cabinets, I knew we were going to paint the walls in both rooms as well.  The previous wall and cabinet color were very “warm,” while my furniture and decor were “cool.” Everything seemed to be clashing. I needed help selecting a “cool” white for the cabinets and a “cool” wall color to help tie in all my current decor. The way I see it–painting is cheaper than buying all new furniture!  I knew I wanted to go with some shade of gray for the walls, but Sherwin-Williams has so many options that I had no idea where to start. So I turned to their color selection tools: ColorSnap Studio™ for iPad and Chip It!™.  The ColorSnap Studio for iPad app is really neat because it offers all the ease-of-use of a tablet, as well as pinch, zoom and swipe features to interact with images of your own room, or one in the app. I was able to explore over 1,500 colors, get color inspiration from a photo and even virtually paint my wall with a swipe of a finger.

Here is a screenshot of one of the many palettes I created using a picture I liked online:

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The other tool I spent hours playing with was Chip It!™.  Once you download it to your computer, it places a little “Chip It!” button on your browser toolbar (similar to the “pin it” button).  Chip It! by Sherwin-Williams is an interactive tool you can use to instantly turn any image into a paint palette. Select a picture and Chip It! will give you up to ten Sherwin-Williams colors that match.  Anytime you come across a photo on the internet that has colors that inspire you, you can click “Chip It!” and one of these color boards will be created for you.  Be careful, it’s addicting. Here is a sample of one of the many color boards I created with Chip It!.  It does the hard part for you.  No more spending hours trying to place colors together and debating on whether or not they actually match.


After playing with these tools for a few days, I had a pretty good idea of the direction I was going in. I headed to the Sherwin-Williams shop down the street from my house to get samples. I narrowed down to three grays for the walls and a white for the cabinets:


1. Grayish (SW 6001) 2. Pediment (SW 7634) 3. Light French Gray (SW 0055)

After testing the grays on our walls, we decided on Light French Gray.

By the way, did you know that there are like a bazillion different shades of white? Because I had no idea until I started this little project. After using ColorSnap Studio for iPad over a dozen times, it became obvious that our favorite shade of white was Snowbound (SW 7004)–very white, but not too bright.


Now that we had our colors selected, we were ready to get started on the painting. Other than an impromptu bedroom painting session, Ben and I have NO painting experience–let alone any expertise on resurfacing kitchen cabinets.  So we brought in some professional help to show us the ropes and to make sure we were happy with the results.

Here is the breakdown of the paint we selected:

For all the colors we selected Duration Home® (read the description and you’ll know why): With Duration Home Interior Acrylic Latex paint, you’ll enjoy superior durability and washability for your active home. It is ideal for high use areas like kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms. Preferred by parents with young children due to its durability and washability.

Living Room Walls: Light French Gray, satin finish
Kitchen Walls: Light French Gray, semi-gloss finish
Kitchen Ceiling: Snowfall, semi-gloss finish
Kitchen Cabinets: multi-purpose zero VOC latex primer
Kitchen Cabinets: Snowbound, semi-gloss finish

We went with the semi-gloss finish in the kitchen to make it easier to wipe down the cabinets from inevitable food ickiness and kid fingerprints. The next order of business was clearing out all of my kitchen accessories, taping off everything that we didn’t want to get paint on and removing all the cabinet faces and hardware.



That Sherwin-Williams Painter’s Plastic pictured above was a life saver–protected all my furniture and dishes from getting ruined.


While my cabinets are always pretty chaotic, I promise this is an extreme as I was left shoving food from other drawers that we needed to remove.


All of the cabinet surfaces were then sanded down.



Here’s Wes, super confused about what’s happening. My cutie pie.


And with all that prep work done…there’s only one thing left to start doing–the painting! Stay tuned for the “reveal” of our new Sherwin-Williams Snowbound kitchen! And more information on the process for the cupboards.

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  1. i love that wes’ sock is stuck in his pants. totally cute!

  2. Danielle says:

    I look at trends in fashion to find paint color inspiration, but I also use nature! Spring is so colorful!

  3. AllisonL says:

    We are in the process of selecting paint for a kitchen reno so your post couldn’t come at a better time!

  4. You are so good at the cliffhanger posts! So excited to see!

  5. I love color. Even though the warm colors are tempting, something that brings me sunshine ~ inside ~ is a color I tend to go towards!

  6. emma kate says:

    love colours! am currently painting our 103 year old house interior and have a similar grey for our lounge.

    but way to leave us hanging for the big reveal!

  7. This is so exciting. We painted our cabinets white about 2 years ago, best decision ever!

  8. I’ve never really had any projects where I’ve had to choose paint colors, but we are hoping to move into a new house soon and will be painting. I’ll probably get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, and I will definitely try that Chip It tool!!

  9. Your son is so cute! I love all of the windows and counters in your kitchen. 🙂 I find painting inspiration from nature or favorite pictures.

  10. When I need to be inspired, I head to the fabric store… With all of the fun colors and patterns, I’ll usually find something to fall in love with 🙂

  11. Can’t wait to see the after! What a nice kitchen you have! I used that Studio as well to help me figure out colors for our rental home and it really is helpful. I too had no clue there are so many whites! So hard to choose! I live in Germany now, and unfortunately, when I went to pick out the paints similar to what I found online, I found about 100 colors total at the store (if that), and only 2 whites. No joke. And this store is huge, it is like a Home Depot (called OBI). What a disappointment. Now I understand why I keep seeing the same color homes everywhere. They just don’t have the selection we do! Maybe in the bigger cities…

  12. Thanks for a great post! I’m painting rooms in my home. Your post helps. Most of my paint inspiration comes from colors I see in gardens.

  13. We are in the process of building a brand new house. We have chosen white shaker style cabinets too. I don’t think you’re crazy in the least. 🙂

  14. magazines and pinterest! we’re getting ready to refinish our honey oak(ew) cabinets.

  15. Can’t wait to see the reveal. We are building and trying to decide between darker wood and white cabinets.

  16. Brittany Nason says:

    My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home, and I recently downloaded the Color Snap app.. Love it! We’re planning on painting our kitchen gray as well.

  17. I can’t wait to see the big reveal. Our kitchen is gray, but needs an over haul… the cabinets are cream and need to be white. Love the picture of Wes.

  18. Heather says:

    I find color inspiration everywhere! I’m constantly taking pictures with my phone, and then trying to find a way to recreate the feeling of a scene in my home. Your post made me laugh, because I have a white kitcchen and would LOVE some warmth in there, especially in the cabinets!

  19. we are in the process of building a house and the builder won’t allow us to put in white shaker cabinets (grrrr) so i’ve been debating whether or not to paint the ones we are putting in. i am painting the house in cool tones and want the white look in the kitchen. i can’t wait to see how your kitchen turns out because i think you have similar granite to us and i want to get the courage to paint everything!!

  20. I can not wait to see how it turns out! I have been wanting to re-paint all the cabinets in my bathrooms (white) for a few years & haven’t had the nerve to do it yet. I am like you – I love cool colors & NEED to pick a ‘cool’ white that will work with our home. Inspiration comes from everywhere – sometimes a photo, a pillow at Target, a paint swatch in a mag . . . anywhere! Good luck with the painting! =)

  21. Color inspiration… Well, I would love to say that my husband and I are great at picking out colors, but it is not true. The new rule is that if it is on Pinterest and we agree to it (along with some other people agreeing) then we are allowed to do it it, haha. We have a 30 year old home that could stand some fresh coats of paint. Would love this!

  22. I think I pull inspiration from everywhere I look! Obviously pinterest fuels a lot of it, but sometimes just walking through the craft store & seeing the fabric pieces will inspire a color scheme for me! I’m so excited to see the after pictures 🙂

  23. can’t wait to see the big reveal! i loathe brown cabinetry… white/gray is definitely the way to go 🙂

  24. That looks like it will be awesome! I recently painted my whole house- and it took me a long time to pick colors, I did a lot of Pinterest-ing to find inspiration, and 10 gallons of paint later I’m happy 🙂

  25. I currently find color inspiration for my home projects on pintrest. I am currently trying to decide what color to paint our living room 🙂

  26. I CAN’T wait to see the After!! 🙂 good luck painting!!! 🙂

  27. Becca L. says:

    I can’t wait to see! I’m trying to convince my husband that it is OK to paint our cabinets white.
    I find color inspiration for my home projects either at the paint store (I live right next to a SW!) or on pinterest…

  28. I find inspiration through DIY blogs and pinterest. One link leads to another and I have been online for hours!

  29. Sarah Vincent says:

    Thanks for a great post! I’m painting rooms in my home right now also. Most of my paint inspiration comes from colors I see on Pintrest or at Pottery Barn.

  30. Pinterest and House Beautiful magazines and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. 🙂

  31. Love it! I have cream cabintets with grey walls and love it.
    Although there is a little more cleaning to be done (because like you,lots of sticky hands around my kitchen!) the light cabinets seem to show the dirt more then the old, wood ones. However, it’s still worth it. Such a light, fresh feel. I’m sure you will be smitten. Looking forward to seeing the results!
    Oh, and good for you doing such a big paint job yourselves with two little ones around!! you’ve inspired me to buck up and get to some painting projects around here finally. I mean, I can’t wait until their all gone and grown up, right… There’s no time like the present! Off to my Local Sherwin Williams I go!

  32. Can’t wait to see how it comes out. I love the color choices!

  33. We close on our second home on May 17th and I have been trying to decide how I would like to paint and decorate- so perfect timing on this post! I’ve already installed the “Chip It!” app and am going to “chip” myself crazy all over pinterest. I can’t wait to see your new cabinets, I would also like to paint ours white so I’m excited to see how yours turn out!!

  34. I am currently getting ready to paint our nursery and this would be a HUGE blessing =) Yay for giveaways. And nurseries. And babies. And paint =)

  35. Ahhh!!! I love make-over, and reveals!!! They are my my most fav. I would have never thought to paint the cabinets. What a great idea!!!



  36. Kelly D says:

    I find color inspiration from nature. I like greens, blues and browns so I usually go for these types of shades.

  37. kelly D says:
  38. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    I read decorating magazines and take home many color swatches.
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  39. there needs to be that one inspiration piece…a fabric, painting, photo, etc

  40. I can’t wait to see the after! I find my inspiration by finding pictures of things that I like on Pinterest and then go from there.

  41. I tweeted about the post and giveaway https://twitter.com/trishabdesigns/status/329703211617357826

  42. Danielle King says:

    The number of shades is crazy isn’t it? It can be a little overwhelming… or at least comical when it comes to picking shades of white lol.

  43. ColleenR says:

    I find my color inspiration in fashion, design/diy blogs & tv shows and magazines. The Chip It! tool from SW will help a lot, thanks.

  44. JoEllen says:

    I find my color inspiration in fashion trends. I’m usually drawn to greens and turquoises. I choose colors that catch my eye and make me feel happy =)

  45. Wendy Orme says:

    Can’t wait to see how your kitchen turned out! I moved into “new” old house last fall and it needs some serious updating. Winning this paint would really help!

  46. Margaret Smith says:

    I usually find inspiration from home decorating magazines.
    Thanks so much.

  47. Margaret Smith says:
  48. Can’t wait to see it in its final form!

  49. Awesome! I love Sherwin Williams, and we’re about to repaint half the house including kitchen and bathroom cabinets!

  50. Hayley says:

    Pinterst of course!

  51. This is awesome! I will definitely be referring to this post when we are brave enough to paint something! You’re kitchen is beautiful and has so much potential. Good choice on the cabinet color and walls. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  52. I usually find my inspiration on (where else) Pinterest! There are so many great ideas out there thanks to all the amazing bloggers sharing with the rest of us!

  53. Lindsay F says:

    I look for my inspiration in home magazines and quilts. I love whites and grays with a bold pop of color (aqua! salmon!). I can not wait to see the big reveal!

  54. I get lots of inspiration from blogs and Pinterest. Love all the windows in your kitchen!

  55. For our latest project, our son’s nursery, I was lucky enough to come across a crib sheet and changing pad cover that I fell in love with in the beginning. I took a picture of the fabric and used Chip It to help with the rest. So easy!!

  56. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I get inspiration by looking outside or by watching shows on TV

  57. I would use it to paint my baby girl’s room. After 3 boys I can’t wait to decorate with pink, cream and brown.

  58. Mara Yager says:
  59. Mara Yager says:

    I look to Pinterest and bloggers for inspiration!

  60. I find inspiration in everything, especially artwork.

  61. I find color inspiration from nature. The bright blue sky, the leafy green trees; all these inspire me!

  62. Can’t wait to see your finished kitchen!!

    I’d really like to hear how you care for your wood floors. My new home has very similar floors and the dark finish
    shows everything! Would love to hear any tips you may have.

  63. my ideas usually stem from the social psyche! Pinterest is a big one, but my friends are pretty useful too.

  64. shannon Baas says:

    I find fabrics I like and go from there.

  65. Jessica Blood says:

    What kind of floors to you have laminate or ceramic? What is the brand and color?

  66. I’ve been trying to convince my husband to paint our oak cabinets. Can’t wait to see your finished ones!

  67. Jhoanna says:

    Can’t wait to see the after. I always find inspiration on design blogs and pinterest.

  68. I find inspiration from nature. Pinterest helps to but can leave me with to many ideas! I can’t wait for your reveal seeing that i love your home tours! Good luck!

  69. Holly S says:

    Oh my goodness! I can’t wait to see your kitchen! I get inspiration from blogs and my friends.

  70. Becky s says:

    I find color inspiration in all the home decorating blogs I read! You guys all make it look so beautiful by the amazing pictures you take:)

  71. I love to ask others or search on pinterest! When we bought our house we drove around some neighbor hoods, and I found the color we loved! We knocked on the door and asked! ( My husband and the people we asked probably thought I was crazy!) Paint is a hard thing to decide!

  72. Shavone says:

    I look to nature and to pretty things I find everyday for inspiration. I have colors that I picked out for my new home two years ago, but I chickened out and didn’t spend the money. Big mistake! I have paint test stripes on the wall hidden behind my sofa and a coffee table lol. These bland walls have got to go, and this giveaway would def do the trick.

    Also, you have a beautiful kitchen for your beautiful family! Looking forward to the big reveal.

  73. Stephanie Larison says:

    I use pinterest and country home type mags to find inspiration. I like a lot of blues, greys, and whites at home.

  74. Gretchen says:

    I usually decide which general color I want then load up on color swatch cards and hang them on the wall. I will narrow it down until we have a winner. 🙂
    BTW, we used SW Light French Gray in our bedroom and LOVE it! Fantastic color!! 🙂

  75. Lorena Keech says:

    I save magazine pages with colors and designs I love in a folder and go to it when I need ideas.

  76. Nature. Farming. Creation.

  77. We find inspiration for color by combining our favorite colors (a kind of gross neon green {sorry Darling!} and yellow) and then finding middle ground colors that work well with both.

  78. Rebecca Graham says:

    When I need inspiration, I go through the home decor magazines for ideas.

  79. Erica Best says:

    i look online for ideals

  80. Erica Best says:
  81. I find color inspiration through browsing Pinterest.

  82. I would have done the exact same thing!! I love a crisp white kitchen!!

  83. Julie Bledsoe says:

    I love to browse in magazines for inspiration. When it comes down to the final colors I buy the “sample” size and try them out first.

  84. rachel says:

    Wow, what an ambitious project! You’re braver than me. haha I look at friends’ homes for inspiration.

  85. Miranda M says:

    That “chip it” feature? AWESOME! I’m now going to take pics of every room in my house and use it!

  86. I love a good kitchen makeover- when we finally buy a house I almost want an old kitchen to completely re-do! I use the Chip It! button as well to find inspiration- usually chipping nature photos- they are usually the best color combos!

  87. I find inspiration from the bloggers I read the most!

  88. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Look through magazines to things that catch my eye

  89. Amy Lynn says:

    Color inspiration for my home usually comes from nature. I look outside and see the combos I love and run with them. My bathroom is from a stormy day (grays and blues). My living room is from a tulip I saw that was red with a yellow center. My sons room from his favorite food ( avocado and he chose the paint color). My daughters room is a warm spring day, wisteria and new green grass, sunny yellow and white puffy clouds. Our bedroom, well that is what could use a new update it is WAY outdated!

  90. Angel Jacklyn says:

    Browsing a candle shop…. there’s always so many pretty colors!

  91. Angel Jacklyn says:
  92. Bridget Vanover says:

    I love surfing Pinterest to get ideas on designs I like. I have a hard time visualizing how a finished room will look. It helps me to actually see the colors in a home.

  93. Lindsay says:

    Can’t wait to see the reveal!!!

  94. I always get paint inspiration from pinterest hhahaha! so cliche! im a big fan of blue greys and greens right now.

  95. Kristi Larson says:

    We just bought a house and I would DIE if I won a gift certificate!! Cute pics by the way!! 🙂

  96. I find inspiration from all different sources. Mostly rustic outdoor places, barns, and old country houses. I love all the tans and browns with pops of colors all over. I want to revamp my kitchen with blues and grays and make it more homey than just moved in.

  97. I get color inspiration from the outdoor places that I love….forest, beach

  98. I am drawn to colors I find in fabric. There is just something about the texture of fabric that makes the colors just come alive.

  99. From Hgtv! Love it!

  100. I usually find my inspiration from a piece of artwork that I want to hang in the room. Or if it’s my bedroom I find my inspiration in a comforter I love. And then I match the paint to that.

  101. Wild Orchid says:

    I find inspiration in my favorite decor accessories.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  102. Wild Orchid says:


  103. From magazines, most of the time.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  104. ky2here says:

    We have an Eastlake Victorian so it’s easy to find color inspiration from other Victorian homes. Thanks for offering this.

    ky2here at msn dot com.

  105. ky2here says:
  106. I look at model homes or magazines. Also Pinterest!

  107. I can’t wait to see the Snowbound kitchen! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been thinking about painting our cabinets for awhile now. It’s very daunting!

  108. I usually collect a bunch of pictures that I like – and then look through them to see what color tends to be repeated. Generally I can find a similar trend running through my pictures.

  109. Marcia Goss says:

    I get inspiration from decorator magazines, and from things I see when I’m out shopping.

  110. Marcia Goss says:
  111. Margot C says:

    I have always been a collector of ideas; Pinterest is my current favorite source. I love your kitchen!

  112. Margot C says:
  113. Heather D says:

    I find blogs and Pinterest (so predictable) to be the source of most of my inspiration.

  114. I LOVE that you chose grey for a kitchen color! I usually see it as a family room or bedroom hue, but in a kitchen it will look sleek, modern, and have a tid bit of country chic! Can’t wait to see the results!

  115. I look at different DIY magazines to find color inspiration for my home projects

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  116. Jennifer says:

    I look for timeless colors that flow well with the rest of the home… but with a great color pop for fun!

  117. Taylor Maggi says:

    I find inspiration by touring new apartment buildings or recently renovated homes for sale to get an idea of what styles are new and fresh!

  118. Sadly, the last time we painted our house was pre-Pinterest and pre-cool internet tools that show you entire color palettes. We picked the colors for our walls based on what caught our eye in the vast sea of paint chips at Home Dept! I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants crafter, so my inspiration comes from whatever I’m into at the moment.

  119. Hoping to paint some rooms in my house this year and will look for inspiration online as well as at people’s houses.

  120. maria cantu says:

    I look through magazines to find color schemes I might like.

  121. Diane baum says:

    I find inspiration from vintange shops

  122. i like to look at blogs and watch hgtv

  123. by searching pinterest!

  124. Pinterest and decor mags!

  125. For inspiration, I love looking at fabrics (pillows, curtains, anything really) and seeing how colors work together

  126. I find color inspiration by browsing Pinterest.

  127. s riches says:

    I look at color samples at the paint store.

  128. I find inspiration through my husband

  129. We always just go with our favorite colors or base it on something in the room we really love.

  130. I find my color inspiration in light, warm tones and bright, trendy colors! We’re getting ready to buy our first home and I want to paint the walls a warm, stone gray and have fun color pops throughout the house! I can’t wait to be started!

  131. I find inspiration from my garden! Can’t wait to see your kitchen reveal. I have been wantimg to paint my cabinets white ever since we moved into our house 3 years ago.

  132. Brenda Elsner says:

    I look at magazines and browse the internet for ideas.

  133. susan smoaks says:

    I am inspired by colors that I see in nature!
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  134. Betty C says:

    I find inspiration in nature. Sometimes it’s a beautiful flower in spring and other times it’s a painting of a landscape.

  135. Betty C says:
  136. cassandra says:

    I find color inspiration by watching home design shows on tv or online.

  137. I find inspiration through magazines.

  138. Stephanie G says:

    I like to look at other people’s projects online and at home improvement websites for color inspiration!

  139. Stephanie G says:
  140. These days, I get my color inspiration from blogs mostly 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  141. laura ari says:

    I find color inspiration from magazines.

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