To Paint or Attempt to Clean Dark Kitchen Cabinets?

To Paint or Attempt to Clean Dark Kitchen Cabinets?

Q: We are moving into a house this Friday and have been doing massive renovations for the past couple of weeks. Everything should be mostly done before moving in except for the kitchen. It has ugly woodpaneling on the walls and behind that is ugly wallpaper...

The cabinets are quite dirty and the former owner lined them with some sort of strange sticky corkboard that is also filthy. We are getting new granite countertops in Summer Sage. The floors will be a matte black ceramic tile. I'm thinking about painting the walls Wildflower Honey from Behr. My first instinct was to paint the cabinets white and get some sort of hardware from Ikea (perhaps the Lansa handles). So far I have had a couple of comments from people that think I should leave the cabinets the way they are and just attempt to clean them. Which has me second guessing whether I should paint them. I think leaving the cabinets the color they are might make the kitchen too dark. What do you think? To paint or not to paint? Sent by CB

Editor: We have some experience here (see related posts below). Cleaning is a necessary step even if you decide to paint the cabinets so let us recommend a thorough cleaning of the cabinets (inside and out) and then take another look. If you're not as put off by them, then the work is nearly done or, at the very least, it'll buy you time to get the other finishes in and make a more informed decision. If, on the other hand, you think they're still too dark, you're nearly done prepping for the big paint! Just keep in mind that painting cabinets doesn't always mean going white!

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