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We would like to repaint our old very dark (almost like walnut) kitchen cabinets, to something lighter and fresh.  We cannot afford to replace our countertops. They are a dark brown and cream, marble effect looking, laminate.  We were thinking a two-tone effect as the doors have a larger border trim.  We could match one of the colors with the facing of the cabinets.  HELP!  ugly and dark!  P.S. The flooring in the kitchen is a lighter oak laminate.

Hi Robert,
I would try to stay away from a two-tone effect on the doors.  I would instead paint them a very warm lighter cream color.  This will help lighten up the room, and even make the countertops fade into the background.
I would then accessorize the kitchen with some brighter color artwork or iron work to give it an updated look.
Thanks, and good luck with your project.

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