Oh my, those prices to resurface are just as much as a new kitchen - outrageous!
Paint is not bad if it's done professionally. You could have a real slick shiny
paint put on the cabinets and you'd never know. Plus, what do you care if the
paint holds 5 years or 10 years - you want to sell anyhow. An outdated kitchen
is a deterrent for many, more so as an old carpet. You always could stipulate
that you'll give an carpet allowance to the prospective buyer so they can choose
whatever they want.
Here are painted kitchen cabinets