When we took our first tour of this house, the kitchen looked like this (photo from our realtor). It felt like a cave...dark stained, dated cabinets (and the heavy orange curtains didn't help!) I don't have any close ups, but the stain was applied so thick that there were major drip marks. Rather than replace them (they're solid wood and still in great shape) we decided to paint them.
I did some research and stumbled on Edie's kitchen. Oh my, I'm in love. But Sweet Hubby would never let me paint the cabinets turquoise, no matter how much begging I did or how pregnant I was. So, we compromised...I could choose two different colors as long as one of them was white and the other one was black. :) See how good we work together?
And one more, side by side: