Paint These Cabinets for More Modern Look?

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Q: I'm currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts and moved in to a very old house with great bones. It was built in 1857. The previous owner was very much into historical colors and such. I moved here from Toronto and from a very modern house and I'm desperately trying to make this old house modernized...

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I'm in the process of painting the house white and changing the door knobs and window coverings. I'm facing a dilemma, I would like to paint the kitchen cabinets which are currently cherry and high end. I have bit of guilt but can't live with them as they are. I'm going to change the knobs and handles and frost the glass. I already changed the lighting. The thinking is that the solid wood would be a much more durable cabinet than a new say Ikea cabinet like flat front equal. My husband and I where thinking that we could get them sprayed, but:

1) Could this be done in a durable way?
2) How would you go about finding someplace to get this done?
3) Is there a better way?

Any and all suggestions would be great. Thank you

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