I'm in the planning stage of a remodel of our 25 year old kitchen. One option I am considering is refinishing our existing cabinets, which are cherry, raised panel, solid plywood, and in good condition on the inside. The outsides are mostly sound but shabby, and the refinisher thinks he can make them look good again. He quoted us $2600 versus $10,000 I priced out for new. I'm happy with the layout and the kitchen functions well.
The problem is, I want to eliminate the cabinets overhanging the peninsula, which would then necessitate swapping our 24" corner upper for a flat 12x24". I also want to rebuild a closet into a pantry cupboard. I'm concerned that he won't be able to get the woodwork to match. Since it's cherry, it darkens considerably with age. If he stains the new wood to match the old, it won't match well in a year or two.
Is this problem one that a good furniture guy could deal with? Or should I just bite the bullet and go with new?