Here is my kitchen transformation! Can you believe this island is from Craigslist? We replaced the tile floors and backsplash and stained the cabinets with General Finishes Antique Walnut. I may change the silestone counters but they don't bother me now that the cabinets are darker. Still need stainless steel appliances and am going back and forth on hood designs.
Refinishing my kitchen cabinets cost me less than $100 dollars! It was hard work but worth it. I'm a single mom with a very busy corporate job and managed to do this by myself. You can too! Check out the step by step instructions at http://www.monicawantsit.com/2012/02/staining-oak-cabinets-espresso-color.html
Hubby's hard work finally paid off! Stained our using General Finishes Java Gel Stain. This stain really does work on (our cabinet doors are oak, but the trims are laminate). We highly recommend this stain above the rest. We found it at Lee Valley!