I have a nice 15 year old house I bought a year ago. Tile floors, tile counter tops, built-ins, etc. My problem is that while the entire house is very nice, it looks like they ran out of money when they got to the kitchen. My major problem is that I really don't like the look of the cheap, light oak cabinets in the kitchen. The shelves and interiors are 1/2" particle board covered with laminate. the outsides is pretty straight forward light oak colored wood. I don't think it is real oak. My problem is what to do to up grade them. I can't afford the rip them all out and replace with something nicer. Looking for ideas.
Here is my main question - I've seen cabinets get painted on shows. Is this a viable option that will at least make the out side look nicer and higher quality than it really is?