in terms of the cabinetry, you'll have a choice of 2-pac paint (also known as polyurethane [aint, a bit like the hard paint jobs you get on cars), vinyl wrap (essentially plastic which is shrink wrapped over the door) and laminate.
2pac is the most expensive option but it's also very popular because you can pretty much get any colour you want. Normally glossy but you can get it in satin & matt finishes as well now (I think). It can chip, but much of that depends on how rough you are with it. It is a uniform colour option so if you want your cabinetry with some texture, this is not the option to go for.
Vinyl wrap is the middle cost. To be honest, I haven't heard a good thing about this one and would recommend you stay away from it.
Laminate is the cheapest option. It used to have a bad reputation 20-30 years ago but laminate processes have improved a lot and now the quality and range is superb. Laminate is very hard-wearing.
Essentially it comes down to budget and what style you are looking for. We had a white gloss laminate kitchen done about 5 years ago (with 1mm white square edging). Loved the look and loved the price tag even more.
ETA : forgot to add that you can go for timber cabinetry as well. Expensive. But can look really good.
Edited by YodaTheWrinkledOne, 27 July 2012 - 03:47 PM.