Many people have sturdy kitchen cabinets that are practical but are definitely outdated.
Getting brand new kitchen cabinets is usually out of the budget, but there are budget friendly things you can do to update your kitchen cabinets until you can replace your current ones.
Consider replacing your outdated hardware with something a little more current. Brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze are especially popular right now. This can be a very inexpensive fix if you choose hardware in the $1-$2 range. Not to mention it is very quick and easy to do yourself.
Paint your cabinets a clean white or a dramatic black for an entirely new look. With the different products available on the market today, painting kitchen cabinets has become much easier to do. Make sure you do that proper prep work; however, otherwise you will find yourself with peeling paint.
If you have the old flat cabinet doors, you can add molding with wood glue and then stain the wood to match. Adding a simple molding around the border of your door can completely change the look of your kitchen. Look at moldings at your local hardware store for ideas.
If you would like a whole new look but just do not have the money for completely new kitchen cabinets, look into replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts only. By simply sending a company the measurements for what you need and specifying the look and color you want, you can have the look of all new kitchen cabinets for much less.