Revamping well made cabinets is one of the best things you can do to update a home.
It is so sad to tear out sturdy cabinets. If you are pondering how to spend your kitchen remodeling dollars, consider a new finish before you demolish. If you don't like the look of paint, let me show you the beautiful selection of restain finishes I offer. This isn't an off the shelf rub on wipe off stain. It's a complete process using products designed for professional cabinet and furniture finishes. These products along with thorough surface preparation insures a reliable, consistent finish that is easy to clean.
For a thoroughly contemporary look, consider different finishes for upper and lower cabinets. Start with a special finish for your kitchen island and go from there.