Cheaper granite countertop options: Engineered Granite Overlay Countertops--Budget friendly granite surface that installs over the top of old counters & doesn't have grout lines like granite tile! Also perfect for quick installations.
Before and After: 25+ Budget Friendly Kitchen Makeover Ideas
After a disaster with "Polyshades" I found my new best friend- java gel stain. I refinished my kitchen cupboards, several end tables, a crate and even a laminated dresser. Love this stuff! (Best Paint For Kitchen Cabinets)