An Alpaca in the Kitchen

Ok.  We don’t really have an alpaca in the kitchen.  Although that would make for some interesting photos.  We do have alpaca colored cabinets in the kitchen though.


Ok.  So that’s not completely true either. We have cabinets that are partially painted in Sherwin Williams Alpaca.  Partially is the key word here since so far I have only worked on the top cabinets and the doors are still covering my dining room table.


I just finished the third coat of paint on the front of all the doors and hope to start on the back side of them later today or tonight.  For the most part painting has been fairly easy and quick.  “Well what is taking you so long?”, you ask.  Finding the time to paint.  The best time for me to paint is during Noah’s naps or after she has gone to bed.  It works well but it kind of draws the whole process out.

Thankfully I (and Michael Luke) am loving the color choice.  I’m not sure Noah has noticed. Kids these days!


Thank you so much for weighing in with your color choices in our little poll.  A majority of you chose Alpaca.  Even with all your Alpaca encouragement I still almost when with Requisite Grey.  Not because I don’t value your opinion but because I was just afraid it wouldn’t be dark enough.

After seeing Alpaca on the cabinets though I can’t imagine it being any darker.  The tonal value is really close to the existing cream color which you can still see on the bottom cabinets.


The difference is in the underlying tones.  The original cream color had a lot of yellow in it.  Too much for our taste after painting the walls yellow.  The new color has a subtle pink tint.  It doesn’t come across as pink at all but it picks up some of the warmer tones found in our floor tile.  And because red and yellow are next to each other on the color wheel they yellow walls work well with the cabinets.


The light grey of the cabinets really allows the counters to shine in all their glory.


Which is totally what I wanted!  And kind of a cool picture as we, the body of Christ (the cabinets) want God (the counter) to shine in all His glory.  Like I read in my quiet time this morning… “He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30

Hopefully, painting the bottom cabinets will move a little quicker than the top.   I’ll be sure to share pictures along the way as well as let you know the process I used to paint and prep our cabinets.

Have you ever painted cabinets before?  If so, how long did it take you?  What do you feel like has been your most labor intensive DIY project?

P.S. Don’t forget that your purchase from Color Created Family helps to cover our adoption expenses as we journey towards bringing our little girl home from Hong Kong.  This month a portion of each sale will also go towards The Sparrow Fund who helps families through the adoption process.

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9 thoughts on “An Alpaca in the Kitchen

    1. Krystle Post author

      Thank you! It is taking forever but I am happy to reporting finished the top half yesterday and got them hung back up. Yay! Progress!

    1. Krystle Post author

      Kelly, sometimes my time is few and far between. And there might be a few household chores that have take a back seat during all of this. Haha!

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