We are buying a house and plan to redesign kitchen before moving in. We want to make it a Tuscan style and plan to install wood flooring throughout the house. We plan to remove the L island and enlarge the free standing island and make seating around two sides of it. We would like to replace the upper cabinets but leave the lower cabinets in place but not sure best way to redesign them - either paint a darker color or light color and add 'aging' to corners. For the living room we are contemplating either staining the posts and ceiling darker or installing a faux square facing - not sure what would be best. Also, for the Keva fireplace we want to either paint it or put the stacked stone on lower half. We are looking ways to do this on a budget. Your ideas would be greatly appreciated!