My husband and I recently purchased a lakeside log cabin for a family retreat. It was built in 1980. It is extremely dark inside. The room is a fairly large (13X 35) combination kitchen and dining room.The walls are dark stained logs. The ceiling is tongue and groove with log beams in a medium brown stain. The floor is brick tile. The countertops are real butcher block that we have refinished in a light yellowish stain. We have removed the fluorescent lights in the kitchen. There is a small brass chandelier over the breakfast bar that could definitely go and a larger brass chandelier over the rustic table in the dining area that could also be replaced. The appliances are almond color and will have to stay awhile, but I would like to have suggestions for the eventual change. They are still in excellent condition and don't look bad. (Could have been avocado or gold!) The pictures I have were not taken for this discussion, but I hope they will help. There are dark stained shutters on all the windows. I have removed the 2 over the sink and replaced them with a Roman shade. I keep all of the others open to let in light. I am planning to paint the cabinets and I am tryng to decide between a nice gray (BM's new Metropolitan) or a rustic faux finish that I have a picture of. I will replace the hardware on the cabinets and the sink faucet. I am thinking either brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze. The furniture that you see came with the cabin and can eventually be replaced. I would like to have a completed plan, even though I will have to work in stages. My decorating style has always been traditional and fairly formal, so this is a real change for me, but I think we need to embrace the rustic style. Please give me your suggestions.