What to do with kitchen cabinets, stain, paint, change out
The cabinets in our condo are need of some updating and repair. They are about 10 years old and look decent in these photos but near the sink and other heavy use areas are showing signs of use. Additionally we would like them to be darker, along with the floors. We have had several contractors over to I've us quotes and their opinions on what can be done. Several have noted that the sides of the island and end caps, and the middle sections of the doors are plywood. We would like to have the cabinets restrained but several people have told us that staining won't work or look good because of the plywood. Additionally we have talked about painting the cabinets white or maybe gray, but can't seem to agree on a color. Obviously new cabinets are possible but with the additional costs of new countertops, it may make that option to costly.
I'd love some opinions and feedback on what we should do. Our place generally speaking is a loft style condo. Exposed, 14 foot ceilings, and our taste is modern, simple, and comfortable.