We have lived here twenty eight years. We had been talking about redoing the kitchen for quite a while, but the cost of new cabinets was more than we wanted to spend. I finally came to the realization as well, that our solid wood cabinets were better quality than anything we could buy and that the cabinets were not out of date, they just needed to be refurbished. I started to look around for someone to refinish them, but I was told that refinishing was as expensive as refacing.
Then we went to the Home Show in February. I found a company call Kitchen Tune Up. For less than a thousand dollars, they came in and cleaned all the years of dirt, repaired loose spots, touched up scratches, and in their own words make the wood look like it did about six months after the house was built. I am extremely pleased with the results and would recommend the process to anyone who didn't want to replace or reface cabinets.
We also put in a new composite granite sink and faucet which we are very happy with too. To tell the truth I didn't realize how much better the kitchen looked until I looked at the photos. The sink is really nice, I almost feel like cooking again.