Color Choices for Painting Kitchen Cabinets?

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Q: I’m having trouble deciding what to do with the kitchen cabinets in my (rental) house. When we moved in, the cabinets were the (horrendous) hunter green that you see in the photos, and there was some vinyl wallpaper with grapes and trellis detailing. The paper went in one weekend of furious painting, and I love the aqua blue wall color. The only problem is I’ve been stuck on the cabinets for months.

As I said before, the house is a rental, and while I’d love to have antique white / cream colored cabinets, priming with oil based primer (and waiting for it to cure) then 2 coats of paint seems like a slightly bigger under taking than I’d like to be a part of. My boyfriend and I have thrown around different dark paint ideas (ben moore’s raccoon fur and farrow and ball’s off black are the top contenders) but I’m concerned about the kitchen feeling darker because of it. Any tips or ideas from the wiser, more confident Apartment Therapy readers would be greatly appreciated.

ps – the hardware is going as soon as we pick paint, I have some lovely antique bronze knobs that I got at a salvage yard, that fit with the age of the house (1830)

Sent by Elle

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