Kitchen cabinets. We're in the camp that says paint (especially if they're made of dark, unattractive wood). Painting instantly brightens up the cooking space--not to mention it's a fairly easy DIY. The hard part is deciding what color to paint them.
Here are a few posts to show you how it's done:
Transforming Dark Wood Panel, Part One, How-To Paint Kitchen Cabinets
How To Paint Plastic Laminate Kitchen Cabinets
How To: Paint Cabinets
(Images: 1. How To: Paint Cabinets, 2. Before and After: Kitchen Remodel from Desire to Inspire, 3. Purple Kitchen Cabinets, 4. Jane & Darko's Cozy Thicket, 5, 6 Turquoise and Blue In A Kitchen, 7. Look! Dark Kitchen Cabinets at Houzz, 8. Charmaine's Painting Projects Before & After, 9. Silver Kitchen Cabinets, 10. Green & Authentic: Milk Paint, 11. Before & After: DIY Painted Colorful Kitchen Cabinets, 12. Good Questions: Thoughts on Black Kitchen Cabinets?, 13. Chloe's Chartreuse Kitchen, 14. Transforming Dark Wood Panel, Part One, 15. HGTV's Design Star: Final Challenge in the Big Easy)