I’ve been fighting the gray for seven years.
Where some women turn to dyes, I turn to paint.
This was a serious job.
It was my kitchen.
Our original laminate countertops were primarily cream but had a little gray in them. I really wanted our main floor to be shades of brown, so I painted the kitchen 4 times trying to find a color that made the countertops look more cream than gray and settled back on the original ivory when all was said and done.
Six years later we upgraded our laminate countertops to granite and as G and I walked through the warehouse picking out slabs I said, “I just don’t want it to have any gray in it” about 258 times.
Turns out there’s a lot of gray in granite!
We decided on a slab that had the light creamy colors I was looking for and the dark brown and black colors G wanted, with the least amount of gray veining I could find. Once it was installed I loved it, but couldn’t help but notice my kitchen still had a case of the grays!
Our most recent kitchen upgrade was our DIY tile backsplash – and even that had some gray undertones taunting me!
Finally, I decided it was time to embrace the gray:
My decision to paint our kitchen (again!) came a few months ago when I was at Sherwin Williams looking at light gray paint samples for my friend Jill’s living room. I was drawn to this one particular shade that I knew would be too dark for Jill’s taste, but I couldn’t stop going back to it. Suddenly I realized, “This would look gorgeous in our kitchen!” Sherwin Williams was having a big sale that ended that day, so I threw caution to the wind and bought myself a gallon.
The color is Sherwin Williams’ “Anonymous.” It wasn’t a super huge risk, considering the other main paint color in our downstairs open floor plan is also Sherwin Williams, so I was able to compare this gray swatch to the Sherwin Williams Whole Wheat color in our living room. One wall in our kitchen runs all across the back of our house into the living room, so once I knew it looked good with our living room wheat color I whipped out my wallet.
I also wasn’t worried about going too dark with the gray because our main floor is almost entirely windows so we get a ton of light. I did, however, decide to just paint two of the kitchen walls and leave the third one ivory so it wouldn’t feel too closed in. Plus that third wall meets up with the dark orange paint color in our entry and hallway. I knew the gray and orange would look great in the same space, but I didn’t want them touching.
Here’s a look back at the progression of our builder basic kitchen to the space it is today!
After 7 years of fighting it, I’ve finally decided to embrace the gray – and I love it.
I like to consider it a sign of adulthood.