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QUESTION: I would like to paint my dull dated oak cabinets.I feel that they clash with the new brazilian cherry floors, my table is an espresso color , walls are light green & red accents.I thought about painting the cabinets a dark color to match my table & adding silver pulls.i'm worried about making the room too dark & will it lessen the value of my home.I'm open to any advice ...i need help!

ANSWER: Thanks for writing.  I do not think that updating your cabinets will lessen the value, I think just the opposite.  I love the idea of blending more with the floor shade, and while it does not have to be as dark, it will be beautiful in combination.  

THe silver pulls are a great idea as well, and if you can afford to do it, using the "bar" pulls are more up to date than most anything else.

Good luck with your project.  


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QUESTION: Do you have any color of paint suggestions? oil vs. latex? If I don't go with the dark espresso color? would you go a light color? My husband suggested white. I didn't think it would go with the cherry floors - that's why I'm asking the expert's!

I would use a latex paint versus oil for clean up and drying time.  The dark espresso would work for you, but it may tend to be too dark.  I'd try to find a shade of brown that has a good bit of red in it - a color that matches your flooring more closely.  If you want a close-to-perfect match, take a sample of your flooring into the paint department of your favorite home improvement store and have them "match" it.  

White is fine, if you like white, but I get the feeling you don't care for it, and actually neither do I from a design standpoint.    


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