Thank you, Stacey, for commenting on the color scheme post. We have not yet made a decision. J.C. painted some swatches on the wall so we could get a better idea.
And then we made a happy discovery. The gold curtains are not long enough to cover the French doors.
And so, the moral of the story is: Although the gold curtains were a good deal ($62 for 5 matching pairs), when compared to the time and effort and expense of painting, the formula changes. We can still use the gold curtains elsewhere in the house, or sell them on Trade Me. The key features of the kitchen will be: the Shacklock coal range, the lead light cabinet doors and the large hutch.