Good Questions: How Can I Spruce Up My Kitchen?

Hello AT,

A year ago I bought a house with a dreadfully generic kitchen.

It has a decent granite countertop and a fairly inoffensive backsplash, but looking at these drab cabinets everyday has become quite painful.

I can't update my appliances just yet, as it's not in my straight-out-college budget, so I need some way of turning this space into something less boring without spending a fortune...

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I was thinking about painting the cabinets a dark gray color and making my kitchen monochromatic with colorful accents, but everyone tells me how much of a pain in the neck that would be (personally putting in a little elbow grease doesn't scare me).

Any ideas about how to go about this transformation?

And if painting is the way to go, what paint and materials should I use?

Thanks! Aneta