My quest: finding the perfect paint color

By Sandra J. Hutchinson

This story originally appeared in The Chronicle’s 2016 Summer Home issue.

I’m a woman on a mission — to find the right paint color for my kitchen cabinets. They’ve been a rich, barn red for about 13 years now, and I’m ready to lighten them up.

This endeavor — nay, obsession — has me poring over color charts, paint strips, paint chips, pictures in magazines and books, and wooden boards that have been painted as samples showing what a particular color would look like on a raised panel door, in my kitchen.

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