Good Questions: Should We Paint the Kitchen Cabinets?

Good Questions: Should We Paint the Kitchen Cabinets?

Aaron Able
Dec 8, 2008

Hello! We have a 1930's bungalow home in an historic area of town. While we love most of our home, the kitchen to me is an eye sore. The person we bought it from remodeled the kitchen just before putting it on the market. We do appreciate that everything is fresh and new, but aside from the appliances, there is nothing in the kitchen I would have personally selected. The biggest problem in our minds is the cabinets. She chose an oak that is not our taste, and it also has a bit of a country feel ... which is definitely not what we like. We are not in a place right now to rip out the cabinets and replace them, so the idea for now is to paint them white...

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...Aside from the wood floors, all other wood the house is painted white (this is how it was when we bought it). We feel that painting the cabinets would not only brighten up a very small kitchen, it would make the kitchen seem more like it fits in with the rest of the house. So the question is, do AT readers agree we should paint them white ... and of course add hardware? Attached are two angles of the kitchen. I also attached a picture of our living room to give readers an idea of our style and how the new kitchen would fit in with the rest of the house ... this isn't exactly how the living room looks now, but it is similar enough.

Thank you very much for your help and advice! Leah & Scott

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