Go over color and finish options. Decide if you want to change your wall color at the same time that you paint or refinish your cabinets. Go to home-improvement stores and study wood finishes, ranging from light maple to dark walnut. Envision how you want your finished kitchen to look.
Examine the existing cabinets in detail. Go over all aspects of the cabinetry to make sure they're sturdy enough to keep several years longer.
Paint or refinish the cabinets and doors, according to the look you've decided on. Remove doors and drawers and move them to an area where you can work on them. Sand the surfaces, and apply paint or stain. After you've done the doors and drawers, move into the kitchen and paint or stain the cabinet frames.
Weigh your options for making the cabinets even more interesting. Swap two or so doors for those with glass fronts, for example. Add new pulls and handles.
For an entirely different look, remove the doors from the upper cabinet frames entirely, and keep your upper storage open. Paint both the upper frames and the the lower cabinets black or a similar sophisticated color for an overall contemporary look.