Miracle of all miracles, we finished putting down our new counter tops. Formica is down. New edging is on and stained. It's finally a functioning kitchen again!
And, we're trying to decide about staining the cabinets. The doors and the fronts won't be a problem--they are solid wood. But the sides of the cabinets...they aren't wood. They are thin plywood covered with vinyl. So, do I paint that vinyl to match my wall color (to be determined. I'm still thinking of leaving it green.) Or do we spend MORE money on cabinets that I hope will be temporary. Right now, Kev's leaning toward leaving the cabinets alone and not re-staining them. I was ready to stain them, until this past Thursday. (that post is above.)
I think we'll worry about the basement, and then we'll come back to the kitchen and make a final decision about whether or not to stain the cabinet fronts. (But I'm always open to advice and ideas!)