My kitchen is mostly straight out of the early 1970s. Over the years I have replaced all of the "harvest gold" appliances but the floor is an ugly vinyl that is supposed to look like bricks, the countertops are speckled and pieces have fallen off, and the cabinets were rather dark.
On a previous trip my mom painted the kitchen and I made the bistro corner afterward. That was phase 1. On her most recent trip, for a few weeks, she took on the task of painting the kitchen cabinets (phase 2). Phase 3 will be to redo the flooring and phase 4 will be to redo the countertops.
The kitchen is "L" shaped. This is the left side and note that the cabinet doors had already been removed.
This is the center and notice that there is a trash compactor that I never use. It is to be removed. You can clearly see how dark the cabinets are.
And this is the right.
This is the left side and note that the cabinet doors have already been reinstalled. All the hinges and handles are new chrome.
This is the center and notice that the trash compactor is gone. I have purchased a cabinet to go in that space, however, it is a close match but not an exact match. I will make a modification to make the new cabinet a pull-out garbage and recycling bin, and make a new door. Then it will look right and can be installed and painted.
Finally the right side.
Pretty dramatic difference, don't you think? I have a couple of other things to do to finish this phase 2.
1. Modify the new cabinet and install it.
2. Build a pull-out spice rack for the narrow cabinet to the left of the dishwasher.
3. Build a dish rack that will go over the microwave.
None of these are particularly difficult...they just take time.