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Help!! Kitchen(Cave) Remodel/Update on a BUDGET

10 years ago

As a single mother of three, I recently purchased a Victorian home that needs significant updating.This picture is from the first week after I purchased the property. Please excuse all the cleaning supplies and bags of stripped wallpaper from the adjoining family room. The only difference from this picture and today is the purchase of a black side-by-side fridge. Continuing right of this picture, I have even more dark green laminate and dark cabinetry. It is almost never ending. :)
Usually, I'm able to find a color pallette and transform a room from drab to fab; however, my new kitchen has thrown me for a loop. As you can probably see in the picture, there are dark green laminate contertops and backsplash continuing up the wall.....not to mention the hideous wallpaper I will be stripping asap!! The laminate is in excellent condition and I would like to design my color pallette around it.
I do not have it in my budget to install new appliances to brighten up the dark cavelike appearance. I have already purchased new matte nickel drawer cup pulls and knobs and plan on spray painting the hinges. I've also recently purchased a Delta high arc stainless faucet to tie into the tiny bit of stainless I do have in the kitchen. I spend most of my time in this kitchen and I'm not afraid of color.......but what color should I paint these dark cabinets??
I love color and refuse to paint the cabinets white. I've thought butter yellow with a slightly darker shade of yellow on the walls....and painting the kitchen table bright orange and accenting with orange pieces. I don't want a totally retro feel. I am seeking a more modern approach with a traditional feel. I'm lost!!! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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