Stripping is a pain. You can do it, and if you're only doing the boxes, your results should be reasonable. Staining the boxes and new doors will be tricky because it will be hard to match the stain colors. You'd have better luck with darker stains, but you probably don't want a dark stain.
What are your reasons for updating the kitchen? If you're basically seeing this house as an investment only, then you need to put in whatever gets the best value for sale. If it's just for you, that's a different matter.