There are many inexpensive ways to remodel or change the look of your kitchen without having to spend all the money to do it. The simplest ways to change your kitchen is to res-stain or paint your cabinets and then replace all of your cabinet hardware. As you are choosing the different stains or colors of paint, you will also want to make sure that you are selecting the right cabinet hardware to match. Your cabinet hardware will make a big difference in how your cabinets appear and how the overall look of the kitchen will appear.
Depending on if you have darker or lighter cabinets already in your kitchen, there will be different methods to go about changing the cabinets and the cabinet hardware. It is extremely difficult to remove an older darker stain and white wash over it because there is always some residue of stain or varnish that will show through the whitewash. It will look blotchy unless you put in a lot more time. A simple way to change the cabinets would be to simply re-stain the cabinets and then add some cabinet hardware that will bring out the new polished look. Lighter and brighter cabinet hardware will make your cabinets more elegant and stylish.
However, if you have dark cabinets already, but you want lighter cabinets, you would have to go through the process of re-facing them and whitewashing that new bare wood. Or you could sand down the top layer of the cabinet and then paint over the cabinet. At that point, you would decide on whether you want to use darker cabinet hardware to bring out that feature or lighter hardware to accent the cabinets themselves. There are many options that you have when trying to change the look of your kitchen affordably. It could be as easy as changing the cabinet hardware.