The cabinets and counters were put in during the 50s and look horrid. To save money, we thought we could just paint them and put on new chrome handles and hinges, then have someone replace the countertop. I deferred to my husband on the brick and mortar colors for the cabinets (terra cotta for the doors and a pale 'mortar' color for the cabinet structure) since he's letting me do one parlor in red :-)
After taking off the cabinet doors, we found the original colors of the room were dark green on the walls and a mustard yellow/gold on the ceiling (which now has a horrid blue wicker pattern wallpaper on it). So of course we should use that, right? But then what about the cabinets?
I've been playing around with modifying the look of the room in software and can't decide on a good color scheme. We've decided to replace the linoleum with ceramic tile (terra cotta or sandstone look) because the hardwood underneath is probably too bad to be resored.
We had already bought the paint we wanted (in a paint brand certified by the National Historic Trust), which we could still use and I matched the original colors too. The software I used to try to "paint" the room virtually made the cabinets look darker than I think they would be in reality (it overlaid them translucently, but the same color is on the large door panels and trim and looks better).
Does anyone have any thoughts? Here are pictures. The first (top) is how it looks now and the two under are my "prospective" views.