Kitchen cabinet veneer fading - how to repair?

We have pretty decent Homecrest raised oak cabinets of medium oak stain in our kitchen but the sides are veneer and an upper cabinet in particular by the kitchen window over the sink has considerable fade in the veneer driving my wife crazy. Where can I go to find a iron veneer of matching color or can the veneer otherwise be refinished? Another option I am looking at is to get some matching cabinet doors to attach to the sides if I can get a size that looks good. I see that a lot when I go to home centers. If I go that route what is the best way to attach the doors to the sides. I figure some type of adhesive around the backside edges of the door and then maybe use some clamps to hold on to the side where I can use clamps and maybe a couple finish nails on the other and at the top?? Thanks for any help. --- Steve
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We had the same challenge. Solid oak doors and facing, and plastique photo-impressed woodgrain sides and ends. Just cleaned and sanded the plastic veneer, then primed and painted it a satin finish alkyd pale green paint that went well with the oak and the walls. Looked great. Using solid doors on the ends is indeed a possibility, but the match may be difficult to make, and doing it without it looking somewhat botched is quite difficult, getting the edges and joins well done.. It also changes the style a bit.

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Instead of replacing the veneer consider a gel stain that stays on the surface instead of penetrating the raw wood. Look around at www.refinishwizard.com forum and ask questions as they're very responsive.
On Thu, 27 Oct 2005 20:23:44 -0500, "Steven L Umbach"

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