Minimize Paneled Look in Old Cabinet Doors?

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Q: My boyfriend and I are closing on our first house this month, a 107-year-old fixer-upper. The existing kitchen cabinets are in excellent condition, but very dated. I plan on painting them and adding new hardware to give them a face-lift until we can remodel the whole kitchen in a few years.

My dilemma is that the cabinet doors are paneled, and really not my style. I'm wondering if anything can be done to minimize the paneled look (wood filler, replace with glass, etc), or if I should just paint them and deal with it until we can replace them down the line?

This house will be my first chance to exercise all the DIY ideas I have mentally bookmarked over the years, so I'm hoping to get some good ideas from experienced Apartment Therapy readers!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.