A few views of our kitchen in years prior...
1.) Our Home Inspection - Boy was it lovely. Dark Maroon paint, white cabinets, gold hardware, white counters, white and maroon tile work and dated applianced. It was so dark and dreary. The lighting was horrid with only one working light which was a huge globe/fan combo made for a living room which hung at my head height, ha!
2.) After Moving In - We hated the maroon so we started with some paint, the green surely brighten it up some. The over abundance of white was to much so we removed the cabinet doors and painted the back wall to make the space look a bit larger. You can see that lovely globe/fan combo in this photo. ;)
3.) Mini Makeover - We decided to invest a little bit into the kitchen to get it to more of a place we could live with for the time being. We replaced the lighting (globe/fan) with something more practical and the mister added a pendant lighting over the sink. We took down the mini blinds, replaced the window with an all new side sliding window. Changed the backsplash which is actually a plastic faux metal looking large tile (12 x 12) that you adhere with glue over tile. Also invested in a new counter top for under $100 which totally helped to start changing the look of the kitchen. I don't have a photo of it but we also added a dishwasher shortly after.
4.) Full Kitchen Remodel - We gutted the kitchen and removed all but the drywall. Changed the layout to add more cabinets, we only had one wall prior, now we have an L (2 walls). Ordered all new custom cabinets by Kraftmaid thru Home Depot. Cabinets all installed by the mister and my dad (thanks dad!) New cabinet hardware thru Home Depot. Looked into butcher block counters but found it more practical to ordered a new Formica faux wood custom (square cut & butt joint mitered) countertop. Swapped out a double sink to a single deep (10") basin, which I so love our sink, it's huge! New over the stove microwave (thank mom and dad!), new fridge thanks to Sears Outlet in the scratch and dent section... plus the dent is hidden by a wall so who cares. And new backsplash tiles (subway style) from Home Depot which was then installed by the misters mom (thanks you mom!) All in all the transformation has been huge! It looks so different and we love it. We are hunting for a small table to sit in the corner near the door (area not pictured) but we'll find one eventually.