Hi everyone. I'm looking to improve my kitchen somewhat since I spend so much time in there (as a housewife) but would like to do it on a low budget and avoid going into debt. I'm not a DIYer, my husband has some skills, but we'll likely get help from a friend when the time comes. Right now I'm just thinking/ planning and have a few questions that could direct whether we can do this at all or not. My house was built in 1908, the kitchen seems 50's or 60's ish to me. It has red formica counters on wood cabinets that are still solid in construction, but the doors on a couple are a mess. I don't believe I can post pics yet, but there was another thread I saw on here that had similar cabinets. Maybe I can link to it: http://www.houserepairtalk.com/f45/what-do-i-do-kitchen-8752/ On most of them the finish is fine. The 3 near my sink are in bad shape. There is water damage and my pup ripped a couple of strips of the facing off them. What I am hoping to do is paint them. Now, I'm someone who actually likes that look. I'd love a farmhouse type kitchen and painting them, changing the hardware and installing a new counter top would make me very happy. I touch-up paint around my house every season, so maintaining them wouldn't bother me. I've been told though, that they'd never last in an often used kitchen (3 kids). My worry here is- what if what I'm hearing is correct and I'll need new cabinets in the near future, would I be able to re-use whatever counter I install on these? (I'm thinking of the 2 cm silestone Quartz at the moment) I have a few other questions but the cabinets/counter are my main concern so I'll just start here. I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!