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I’m the proud owner of a great house that came equipped with the world’s most hideous kitchen cabinets: 

Horrible, huh? (Yes, that is contact paper peeling off the drawer. I know…ew.) A full kitchen remodel isn’t happening anytime soon, so I’m relying on the budget decorator’s best friend — paint — to make my cabinets more beautiful.

Since I’ll be giving the paneled walls a whitewash treatment, I’m leaning towards colorful cabinets to liven up my kitchen. I’m in love with the cool Caribbean blue of these cabinets designed by TD[S] Furniture + Cabinetry:

TDS Furniture and Cabinetry - Blue Kitchen Cabinets
I’m also considering keeping some cabinets neutral and adding color in key spots, like this aqua island from Austin-based firm Loop Design

Loop D Design - Colorful Austin Kitchen

…or this bold retro oven featured alongside white and gray cabinets in this midcentury kitchen makeover by Savannah-based designer Celestino Piralla.

Midcentury Rancher Kitchen Makeover

With some updated cabinet pulls and a few glass inserts, it will be like a whole new kitchen…almost.

Add Glass Inserts to Kitchen Cabinets
Ready to paint your own kitchen cabinets? Check out our step-by-step cabinet painting project to learn how from start to finish.

What would you do with these kitchen cabinets? Suggestions welcome!

Read Liz’s previous House Diaries posts here and follow her home inspiration board on Pinterest.

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Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...

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