Should I Paint My Dark Kitchen Cabinets?

Q: I’m in the midst of making over my very dark, dated 60s/70s-era kitchen on a tight budget. So far I’ve painted the walls and backsplash a pale gray-green (Sherwin-Williams Willow Tree) and my next step was to paint the cabinets and soffit (a remnant of the old green is visible in the first photo), but after doing a photoshop mock-up with my original color idea of taupe lower cabinets and cream upper cabinets, I’m not 100% sure it’s the right thing to do.

I’d like to hear some Apartment Therapy readers ideas on what my next move should be — to paint or not to paint? Other options for updating the cabinets? They’re solid wood, but pretty beat up. I’d love to replace the countertops and flooring, but that’ll have to wait for the big reno which is at least a year away… right now paint, hardware and accessories is pretty much all I can afford.

Sent by Melissa

Editor: What do you think — should Melissa paint or not? Share your advice and ideas in the comments below— thanks!

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