Two Tone Kitchen Reveal

With a handful of paint chips and the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer to try out the colors with, I quickly whittled my options down to Peppercorn. But then, the second guessing started so on my trip to buy paint, I decided to ask the Sherwin-Williams staff for their opinion. The girl there was so helpful and asked me questions about the space and what I was after. I wanted a color that could take a beating since little feet sit in this space and leave kick marks. Also, the adjoining room has a lot of color in it. There’s an orange zebra rug that is pretty much an attention hog, and I didn’t want a color that would compete with it. Also, we have light gray bar stools, and I wanted a color that would make them stand out. She recommended using a complementary color, and we settled on Peppercorn (just like the Color Visualizer had). See part 1 of the process here.


I loved that when I described that I was looking for a color that would “ground” the kitchen, she knew exactly what I was talking about. My husband, on the other hand, looked confused when I used the word, but she totally got it! It’s so nice to work with people who speak my language! After I had the color in hand, I needed to make a choice of which line of paint to use. I went with the staff recommended, Emerald™ Paint with a Satin finish, because of the built-in primer, durability, easy clean up and low VOC. This area is going to have to be pretty tough to survive my crew.


It was like painting with butter! It went on smooth and covered well.


In two coats I had the bead-board painted and ready to go around the bar.


Peppercorn added a richness to the kitchen that has been missing, and I think it looks good with the stainless and black appliances in the background. And, our barstools definitely stand out! I love it! Every time I walk in the room I stop and admire what a just a little change of color can do for a room.


Finally, after 18 months, our kitchen feels complete. Like it is here to stay and isn’t floating up, up and away.

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  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the color combination. I’ve used Peppercorn on furniture – such a rich beautiful color! … And I desperately need to give my family room a fresh new look! … And thanks for the tip on the Emerald paint line. I will give that a try for sure!

  2. says

    I love it! I would definitely choose my kitchen for a makeover. So many cabinets and hardware that need to be painted/replaced. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Veronica Glen says

    This comes at the perfect time. We are redoing our kitchen and I have yet to do the cabinets. I’m so nervous I will pick the wrong color. We have black bamboo floors so I’m thinking about doing and antique white, with black stain to “age” them. I will have to see what the visualizer suggests.

  4. Kristy Bingham says

    Your kitchen looks great! I would pick my kitchen, also. My cabinets need some updating, also.

  5. says

    I really love the white cabinets, too. That really makes those great color choices “pop”.
    Our kitchen is stuck in 1980 and needs some serious help!

  6. Bethany says

    I don’t know if I can pick one room, but if I had to I would go with our downstairs family room. It is on big giant rectangle of green walls. Big space, no personality. I would love to redo it.

  7. Hollye K says

    I so desperately need to paint my living room & dining room! We moved in a little over a year ago and the color is horrible! It will be a pretty big projext to tackle and money seems to be going to all of our other projects around the house. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this!

  8. Susan Mitchell says

    I want to do our kitchen so bad! i wanted to go with a two grey combo but can’t get the man of the house on board— I’ll have to show him yours:)

  9. Beth Dodd says

    Your kitchen looks fabulous! Since we did our kitchen last summer I would love to do our master bedroom. After 10 years if the same color I am ready for a change. Thanks for the chance! Smiles-Beth

  10. ColleenB. says

    What a Beautiful kitchen make-over. Love the colors.
    I would make-over my living/dining room area

  11. Stephanie says

    I love it! I have been thinking about painting my kitchen but im not sure I am up for the task. What color are the kitchen walls?

  12. says

    Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love it all, especially the bar stools.
    I have been itching to paint my entire house. I have got to get rid of the builder beige we have going on! The gift card would sure come in handy for that. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  13. Megan m says

    Love the added color! I’ve been pinning like crazy for ideas to redo our master. We hit 10 years married this June and think that would be a nice project to celebrate!

  14. Joyce R. says

    My kitchen cabinets are hunter green and white. Last summer I painted the walls and trim, now I need to update the cabinet colors. Yours looks great.

  15. Tara S. says

    We are moving into a new-to-us home next month and many of the rooms need TLC, especially
    the kitchen.

  16. DorothyH says

    The kitchen walls! It’s been on my list since we moved in but it will get done this summer! I adore what you have done in your kitchen! I would love to paint our cabinets but the hubby’s eye bulged the second I said it…maybe in time, i’ll let him get use to the idea;). Thank you for the chance to win some paint!

  17. Amy Reed says

    I would love to paint my daughter’s bedroom – I erred my allowing her to choose her own paint color = BIG mistake! it is the most horrible shade of tealish, turquoise blue you would ever want to see! HELP!

  18. Amy Reed says

    Your room is lovely! I really need to repaint my daughter’s bedroom – it’s a very bright turquoise, so not at all calming.

  19. Stacy F. says

    I would love to redo our great room. I liked the colors 8 years ago when we moved here but not so much now :)

  20. Tracie Gulit- the bunch says

    I would use the paint to FINALLY paint my beautiful craft table I built. I’d also paint coordinating furniture pieces and the walls in my craft room/daugjter’s play room!

  21. Ashley says

    I would make over our office / guest room / catch all… please tell me I am not the only one with a room that the door always stays shut!

  22. Julianne says

    This looks amazing! I just purchased beadboard for my island and was going to paint it white with the rest of my cabinets, but now that I see this I’m thinking I may go two tone as well! May I ask if you wrapped the beadboard around the side of the island and painted it grey? Or is it white like the rest of the cabinets. Either way, love it!

  23. Amanda K says

    I would love to win the gift card. We just moved into our first house this last weekend. We have 1950s kitchen cabinets that the previous owner painted two-tone. The boxes are beige and the drawers and doors are royal blue. It’s hideous and we need all the help we can get!

  24. Kristen S says

    Your kitchen looks great!! If I have to pick just one room to makeover, I’d say my boys’ bedroom. They are teens now and it totally needs a new paint job!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  25. Krista says

    We are closing on our first home in just 2 weeks! I am so excited to get in there and update some things…the first definitely being the kitchen!

  26. Holly Kolvig says

    I would LOVE to win this! I NEED my kitchen done, but I would use the prize money to paint all the interior doors in my house Sherwin Williams “BLACK FOX” in Semi-Gloss using the Duration line. I just got done testing the color with there fabulous to go color samples on the mudroom and it is SPOT on PERFECT. And you are absolutely right Duration and Emerald are just HEAVENLY to work with and talk about ADEHSION!!!

  27. Rebekah says

    LOVE the look of the newly painted kitchen. I would take down my wallpaper border give my kitchen an update as well.

  28. Elizabeth Strautman says

    I would love to update my kitchen! It’s still just boring builder-grade everything. The pictures of your redone kitchen are inspiring! :)

  29. Whit says

    I love it, but you already know that! I love, love the color you chose. I would redo/paint my kitchen area if I were chosen.

  30. Allison B. says

    I would redo my kitchen cabinets. I know, I know, that is just what you did, but my kitchen has 2 different colors of cabinets pieced together, so it really needs painted!

  31. Lucy says

    I would use the gift card to buy paint to brighten up my basement because this space hardly gets used. I cannot get past the darkness of it, especially in the cold dark michigan winter.

  32. Melissa K. says

    Beautiful kitchen! Given the chance, I’d update our kitchen colors or our family room. They’re joined rooms and could both use it. :)

  33. Katie K says

    I’d make over my bonus room which is the last of my home projects for a complete renovation. This would be a nice start!

  34. says

    I really would love to update my kitchen. I love yours and have been trying to convince my hubby to go with a two tone painted look for a few months now! I guess I need to get him on pinterest! LOL!

  35. Nicole Blackwell says

    Wow! Love the kitchen! My parents had great success with Sherwin Williams as well when they wanted to paint their new house. My husband and I just bought our house in August and have been doing little things here and there. We’re so scared of painting the wrong color! If we won the $100, I would definitely get started and it would have to be our bedroom. I hate the boring paint the home builder used!

  36. Christy says

    I would love a color lift in my family room or living room. When we moved into our home 5 years ago, it was original flat white paint. The kids rooms got painted but the rest of the house…you guessed it…still white. Time for a much needed change and I’ve got the vision, just not the money. Thanks for the great give-away!

  37. Marilyn says

    My husband and I just purchased our final (retirement) home. It was a foreclosure so the entire thing has to be redone. I could choose any room in the house to do 1st, it doesn’t matter.

  38. Brittany says

    My project this summer is to change one of our guest rooms into our office/craft room. This would really help! :)

  39. Katy says

    I would love to make over my kitchen – new cabinets, counter, appliances, backsplash, and color!

  40. Rose Schneider says

    Wow, what a difference. The kitchen looks great!!
    I would love to paint my living room and dining room. Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Rachael h says

    Hey that looks great! I would love to redo my living room! Sherwin Williams could help with that project for sure!

  42. Karen says

    I think what you did to your kitchen looks amazing :) but I think our living room could really use some life.

  43. Lisa M. says

    We are remodeling our entire house. I would be using it towards each room! The first room up is our kitchen!

  44. Teresa Puterbaugh says

    I love what you’ve done in your kitchen. The bead board looks awesome! I have a kitchen with some cupboards that desperately needs some color love. And that bead board idea would work in my kitchen area…hmmm…a classic yellow is what I’m dreaming of. Thanks for this opportunity.

  45. Stephanie Larison says

    I’d love to makeover my daughters room. She’s not a little baby anymore, so I’d like something a little bit more kiddish looking. Something that would look good as she grows older.

  46. Tamara says

    We bought a ‘fixer-upper’ a year ago and have been renovating a little at a time. We still have lots of painting to do and $100 would go a long way. I have been putting off painting our living room because I cannot decide on colors.

  47. Carol says

    I would love to makeover my living room and turn it into a formal dining room with a bar. We have a beautiful fire place so we are planning on mounting our television over it. It would make a wonderful room for entertaining our friends and family.

  48. Lisa says

    The bathroom needs a makeover! It is old fashioned and looks messy because of it.


  49. says

    I love that! The deep plum is such a nice accent color for that bar area. I’d like to work on updating my finished attic – two dull bedrooms and a dull beige bathroom.

  50. says

    For a chance to win a $100 Sherwin-Williams gift card, share in the comments below what room you would like to makeover in your home? my dream would be to make over the kids room star95011atyahoodotcom

  51. Summer K says

    I have been wanting to makeover our guest bath for ages! A fresh coat of paint paired with some new, thick baseboard would make a huge transformation!

  52. Jane H says

    I would love to redo my dining room. Itis still the same awful pink as when we bought the home. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  53. says

    While I love my bedroom/office combo, I would love to redo it just to make it fresher and more up to date. The last time I did anything in the room was in prior to April 2006, so it def is ready!

  54. Liz W. says

    I LOVE the colors that you chose!

    I’d use the Sherwin Williams giftcard to paint a wide horizontal stripe in my downstairs powder room


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