Questions about replacing cathedral arch oak doors before paint
Before painting my oak cabinets, I'm considering changing out the upper doors that have a cathedral arch. They're solid wood, raised panel, and are in good condition but I thought changing them to match the lowers might give the kitchen a more updated look (along with new ss appliances and possibly a new countertop). I was quoted between $25-45k for new cabinets and that's not in the budget right now.
I have 17 upper doors and half of them are 42" tall so even replacing doors might be a more expensive update than I thought. I have 2 questions:
Do you have any sources for less expensive oak replacement doors? I found a few places online that sell doors that look like mine, but at 42" tall they're over $100 each before shipping costs. I don't want to spend thousands on doors only!
If I do buy replacement doors, should I buy paint grade maple or oak? The goal is to try and cover the wood grain as much as possible in the painting process, but I was thinking I should buy oak so the final paint finish on the replacement doors matches the other doors and bases. Does that make sense or should I buy maple to save work in covering the grain for these doors?