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Can this be done?

I am throwing a going away party for my cousin/best friend on June 12th. Please note, the day before that, June 11th I am helping with my friends baby shower. This weekend we are swamped with graduations and next weekend we are headed to the lake. That means, I have about 12-15 days that I could spend painting my kitchen cabinets in order to debut them at the going away party. I think it would be great to have a timeline, but I am scared it is cutting it too close. Especially because I don't have any of the supplies yet. You all know I was planning on using Rustoleum's Cabinet Kit, but after doing my research, calling HD, and emailing Rustoleum, I sadly report that you are not able to custom tint the paint. Therefore, I will be doing my cabinets the ol' fashion way. It would be great if my husband was on board with this project and would offer to help me out, but I am on my own on this one, "If you want to paint the kitchen cabinets, fine, but I'm not helping you!". How rude (he actually works 10 hours days at the office and I am sitting at home all day, so I guess I understand where he is coming from!). It might actually work out better, he isn't very detail oriented and I want the cabinets to come out lookin' perfect! 

I am stuck between two colors...

Chelsea Gray:

I was actually rather surprised by this color when I picked up the paint chip at Ace Hardware. It is a variation of green! I am scared that painting orange, oak cabinets this color might turn the color from a subtle greenish/gray to hunter green. 

The other option is Fieldstone:

With this color, I am worried it is going to blend in too much with the surrounding color in the dining room.

Seen here:

Tough choice, right?

Our kitchen currently has white laminate countertops and a white backsplash that will be staying for a while...

If you have any advice/input on color choices or techniques I would love to hear from you!

Have a great day:)

After I published this post I went and got out ALL of my paint swatches and hung them up on the cabinets.

This one is close to chelsea gray, but doesn't seem to have any green undertones.

Martha Stewart Cement Gray:

This one has a little bit of green in it too...

AcePaint Medium Gray

FYI: The reason I liked Chelsea gray in the first place was because I saw Genevieve on Dear Genevieve use it on kitchen cabinets. I am starting to recall that they did look a little more brown than gray.

I have noticed (since I started putting up all the paint chips) that the brownish/green grays actually look best with the wall color. I think if I can find one that is a gray/brown and less green than it would look great. The cement gray above might be the best choice yet. We shall see!


  1. I really liked the first one until you said it was a shade of green! I agree the 2nd may blend too much with the DR. Is there any way to get a color similar to #1 without the green undertones?

  2. We're in the middle of painting our cabinets. It's going really great! I recommend CabinetCoat for the final paint. It can be tinted to any Benjamin Moore color. Call around to your BM stores to see if they can order it for you. I think it's definitely a better option than Rustoleum. All of your hard work will be worth it!!

  3. Meredith,

    I checked out your blog and I think I will follow your process, too! It seems fairly simple and I am glad to know I can come check out the finished process! Thank you:)

  4. I saw the same episode of Dear Genevieve and I just bought a sample of Chelsea Gray for my kitchen cabinets. I have to say the color really changes with the sunlight you get. In the morning I get then sun from the east and mynkitchen is bright. So the color looks light and really does not show the green undertone. In the afternoon it darkens a bit and you can see a bit of the green side. In the evening the only light is the recessed lighting hitting it. So it seems much darker. I only did one door as a tester. I havento say I really love it! With a light color on then wall and some lighting and good accents it will be perfect. I think you should try it!

  5. Good to know! Please let me know when you finish yours, I would love to see a pic of them when they are complete!


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