Kelly, I just got done painting my kitchen cabinets white. They were a dark stain and the thing I would stress is prep work is everything.I should know, I ended up repainting them three times before I was satisfied with the results! Make sure you eliminate all the gloss of the old finish with your sanding. I would not suggest trying to restain them a lighter color as some pigmentation from the old stain and the acid in that stain will seep through and you will notice a reddish discoloring over time. degrease them , sand thoroughly,paint with an oil based primer (zinsser works well), sand again with a finer grit paper, tack them well to remove all dust particles, apply your topcoat. Use a catalized paint. What you are looking for is a very hard, durable and washable finish. I sprayed mine with an air compressor and paint gun. Some of the smaller ones, I had a paint company put the paint into aerosol cans and used that. I think you get a much smoother finish using spray than brush or roller. Hope this helps. Remember..wash, sand, tack, prime, sand, tack, paint.