We live in a 1905 rowhouse with a galley kitchen. The previous owners' redo of the kitchen is not to our liking, but we can't currently afford a complete makeover. We are trying to make do with the existing cabinets and put in new floors (hardwood to match rest of house and replace cracking tile) and countertops (probably granite). My lovely wife is concerned that this will highlight how shabby our dark wood existing cabinets look and she would like to paint them a creamy white and attach new hardware. I am very worried that dark wood stained cabinets cannot be repainted creamy white and look nice and finished. I worry they'll just look like we tried to get by on the cheap. I'd prefer to do something to spruce up the look of the wood on the cabinets without repainting since there is no going back once we commit to that.
Our inability about how to proceed with the cabinets is preventing us from moving forward at all with the renovation. Please help!