In my case, the cabinets are of very good quality with veneered laminiated material where it should be and solid birch where it should be. Doors are all RP, drawers solid. Hinge hardware excellent. Cabinets came from the best shop in the area. Every thing is structurally sound.
However, they are showing the wear and tear of twenty years of use. Some nicks, bumps, water stains and touch wear from skin oils, etc. Not that bad, but standing out a little now that rest of the kitchen has new solid surface countertop, new ceramic tile floor and back splash, new paint, etc.
Finish, according to the shop that made them, is walnut stain with NC lacquer over.
Rather than taking them all the way down, I'm thinking about doing a light sanding to break the top coat, then using a walnut glaze or toner, and maybe a burnishing material, to cover spots and blend, then go back with a sprayed pre-cat lacquer, or possibly a water based poly.
comments or relevant experiences?
And I apologize for the absence of political content.