oak cabinets: paint, restain or reface? opinions please!
Our house was built in '77, and our kitchen has oak cabinets. They look a lot like this veneer raised door style, with the arches on top and bottom, plus extra molding around the design.
We want to give the cabinets a facelift and would just replace hardware, but all the cabinet doors have handles right in the middle of the cabinet door PLUS a decorative plate behind the handle. We don't like the handles in the middle and removing the plate leaves an outline.
Do we paint, restain or reface? This is our first home, and we plan to live in the house for at least 5-7 years, but probably not forever. Our dilemma is: painting is easiest/cheapest, but the cabinets seem to be decent quality wood (not the flimsy stuff) - would it decrease the value to paint? or would it be worth the effort to strip and restain it? Or is it worth the cost to reface the cabinets (with wood that is at least comparable quality)?
Any thoughts? Thanks!