Unless you designed your kitchen from scratch, with a custom layout and cabinets, it's probably not perfect for your needs. But new cabinets can quickly eat up a small remodeling budget, and re-designing the kitchen isn't usually an option if you rent. I won't even get into the environmental impact of trashing old cabinets and producing new ones. Fortunately there are a lot of clever DIY ways to make the most of your current kitchen cabinets.
After painting our oak cabinets cream I felt like they needed a glaze but didn't want to take them down and hassle with the glazing process. I picked up a stain marker by Minwax (lowes, wal mart etc) for less than $5. It took me about an hour and a half to basically draw a line in all the crevices on the doors and drawers and I love the outcome. The stain is oil based over oil based paint. I used the dark walnut stain marker for this look. The left cabinet is the before pic.
I am freaking out! For less than $50 I can get rid of my oak cabinets in my kitchen and bathrooms! This is a great tutorial on how to gel stain your cabinets. Before this I thought my only option was to paint the cabinets white, but now I'm excited that I can have the espresso cabinets I crave. Yay! Yay! Yay! ::happy dancing::