There are the orignal cabinets (house was built around 1930) which are stained a cherry wood color. Although, as you can see in the pictures below, even those cabinets seem to have different color stains.
The other set of cabinets are circa 1970 and my husband got them for free. He added them when he added extra counter space & a peninsula in our kitchen. These are more of a brownish color. Notice the grooves in the cabinets.
The surface on both sets of these cabinets is pretty worn. They could both use a facelift. The cabinets themselves are still pretty solid. And, we can't afford to put in new cabinetry anyway. In our 5-year plan, we hope to purchase another home & keep our current home as a rental property. So, the objective is to give them a fairly economical facelift. And, while we live in our home I'd love for our kitchen to have a brighter, more uniform look. I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. Happy kitchen. Happy me.
This is where my need for advice comes in. Which of these folowing options should I pursue?
1. Paint the cabinetry. I love the look of white or off-white cabinets. I think they look bright, clean, and crisp. Paint would be a good option too because we could use wood filler in the grooves of that second set of cabinets. Then, when painted over they would look like a solid piece of wood, thereby making them like the first set of cabinets. Add some new hardware on both sets and they would almost look like they go together.
Drawbacks to painting? Once you paint wood, it's pretty much going to stay painted without a huge amount of work to reveal the wood grain again. Also, as much as I love white cabinetry, I know my house & my family. I'm afraid it would show a LOT of dirt. Can this be avoided by using a certain kind of paint?
2. Sand, and restain the cabinetry, plus new hardware. The wood filler trick wouldn't work here, so I'd still have 2 different style cabinets, I'd just be making the wood color more uniform.
3. Continue to ignore it for 5 more years and hope that future renters wouldn't care.
I would love to get your thoughts on this project. And, if you have any other options I haven't thought of, I'd love to hear them.