An cheap way to completely change your kitchen is to paint the cabinets. Done correctly, they can look stunning and makes a huge difference.
This owner was putting their home on the market and needed to update. They decided to paint the maple cabinets a medium gray. We removed all the cabinet doors and drawers and set them up outside. We used oil-based primer on the maple doors (on both sides) the cabinet sides, and the drawer fronts and insides. After a 24-hour drying period, we hand rolled latex premium paint and followed it with a second coat another 24 hours later.
The result was fantastic.