Our house was renovated some time ago (1990's) and it is all reproduction - no original features. The kitchen is outdated and not my style at all. Our initial thoughts were to replace the whole kitchen but it seems so wasteful. For environmental reasons I'm reluctant to throw everything away and start again. Also I've taken to asking myself, do we need this (a new kitchen) more than I need to retire early. Most days the answer is no!
I love many of the kitchens on houzz but really I don't NEED to have a beautiful new kitchen, I would just like to make a few changes that would make me feel more positive about the kitchen I have.
The things I really hate are the pattern on the floor tiles, the counter top, the patten on the splash-back tiles, the dark cupboard with the dark floor, the top shelves are too high to use without a step ladder, the pantry is not well set out, no dishwasher, poor lighting.
Some of the things that have been suggested already are: replace the bench top (it's currently pink), paint the cupboards, new splash back, take off some of the doors (but the insides are stark white), take off the top cornice. It would be nice to have a work list in priority order for when we have a bit of extra cash.
My style is eclectic vintage MCM. I love things like linoleum, laminex, cork tiles.
I'm really interested to hear your opinions and suggestions on this topic. I find the discussions here very useful.