Will not be able to remodel for a few years - all of the appliances are old (except the dishwasher which we had to replace) and will stay (unfortunately). We just moved into this house and I think the former owners renovated it like this in the 80's (hence the brick/orange colored countertops). They left those valences (which I don't like and have been meaning to take down) and painted the whole room and ceiling a pretty ugly light brown/dark beige. I am SO open to any ideas.
I was thinking of painting the walls but am unsure of a color since that brick orange is kinda serious. I hate the backsplash tile which they used some texture paint (?) to cover the original ones. I also was considering building more shelves above the white ones so that the shelving unit goes to the ceiling - any thoughts on that?
I uploaded the pictures in order as you would look around the kitchen from immediately walking in from the dining room. I really look forward to any help! I have a budget of about $400-$500 on this since in about 3 to 5 years we are hoping to save enough to begin a very serious renovation of this room. Thanks again!