Originally Posted by Blooming
I'm now confused about the color of the stove (for $ reasons). One thing I know for sure is I don't want to keep the kitchen or the rest of the house in a country style. (even though it leans that way) If I never again see a heart peg shelf or tea pot wallpaper I will be one happy woman!
What you're describing is a really dated, tacky, precious "country" style that has nothing to do with the look or feel of an authentic country home. It was just a bad 70's fad that some people cling to for whatever reason. Distressed paint is a signature "country" look that's being adopted across different styles, so if you like that, you should page through an issue of Country Living (or something similar) next time you're at the grocery store. Modern country can be very light, soft, and sophisticated- think of a beautiful old restored New England farmhouse with delicate curtains blowing around open windows, antique fans, fresh flowers in vases, high ceilings, light colors, and beautiful, warm, wide-plank floors like yours (I almost fell over when somebody suggested you paint them). NOT jigsaw cut outs of 2 ducks kissing to hang your gingham hand towels on.
A lot of people are suggesting you hire a woodworker or refinish the cabinets yourself. I understand the affection people have for wood, but not all wood is valuable or even beautiful. Your cabinets are paint-grade and extremely dated, and I say that to try to make the decision easier on your heart, not to be unkind. I think you are right on target- paint the cabinets, replace the hinges, and keep the pulls if they will match your new appliances and color scheme.
When I painted my old pine cabinets, a lot of the knots bled through (even though I primed and painted several layers) but I was going for an old, semi-worn look, and I didn't mind. If that will make you crazy, you should seal them first.
White appliances and cream colored paint won't look busy or out of synch. Most whites are more cream than pure white, anyway. Only ceiling paint is really white-white. Here's my suggestion if you're really worried about matching: if you end up with white appliances, pick out 2 paint colors. One that is a spot-on match to the stove and micro- use that for the cabinet casing, and another color, maybe cream, maybe the color you choose for your walls, maybe something different that will compliment your scheme- and use that for your cabinet doors.
Have fun, use a tarp, and post pictures when you're done!