Please help me determine if I am fooling myself in that these cabinets can pass for something more modern? I would like to keep the wood and not paint...but am open to staining darker if you think it needs it (like west elm's cocoa brown color), keep the backsplash of stacked rock and change out the countertop to either a white with speckles laminate or quartz. I replaced the hardware with these linear pulls. Also want to change out appliances to stainless.
My original thought when moving in was to put in an island in the center - but now think I should half wall to the living room and put a row of cabinets underneath. I have someone that thought they could get a pretty good match to the existing cabinetry. What do you think about the half wall with cabinets below or island? I am standing in the dining space to take the pictures - so not sure that I need additional stools and island?
Third picture shows wall - where picture starts to the left would be solid wall with stainless shelving - including picture to the right would be half wall to living room. We have a nice view to front of house and cool windows - so think that would make kitchen even more open and brighter. I dislike the countertops - they are too blueish and think that with a lighter countertop the update would be amazing.
Also think I would change out light fixture to six can lights instead.
The kitchen ceiling issue is from a glued on trim that surrounded a pot rack that we took out and are planning to fix and paint ceiling white
I guess my greatest issue is - do you think with some updates, additional cabinetry, new countertop and lighting that this kitchen would shine? Or am I am missing the root issue and slapping lipstick on this pig?
*** My ideabook includes modern kitchens that I adore - really like the streamlined kitchens.