Our doors have been painted, which brightens things up, but the drawers are collapsing, held together with tape and I dread to think what is down the gaps at the back of the cupboards where the backs have fallen off
I've considered ripping the whole lot out and making do with a table and a sideboard (that we've got). The cooker is freestanding, I guess the dink would need something to support it
Why are they not paintable? If there is laminate over them you can usually rip it off. You can get paint to cover anything nowadays. One of the cheap home magazines has a free booklet in it this month promoting spray paint. It is brushable as well and covers everything.
We took out the drawers, painted tiles and put on new laminate and doors from ikea. Cost £300 for the lot and looks soooooo much better. Not perfect as doors a little bit too small but old kitchen was awful so much improved.
I agree with the others I would do some tarting up and paint or spray the doors, you can paint over any surface these days even cheap laminate. A handyman ought to be able to fix the drawers/doors for you if you cant work out how to and new worktop will make a huge difference.
Try to have some paint on your kitchen wall, Neutral colors are shades of taupe, gray, white and sometimes black. They are great for the base wall color. You can add contrasting colors in either cool or warm tones to add detail and compliment the decor and Paint the cupboards, try to fix the drawers.