The B's recently purchased a great new home, but wanted to renovate the dated kitchen. The original kitchen had original oak cabinets, Formica/ceramic tile counters and older cooking appliances.
There was no problem with the existing layout (very open, lots of light and tons of counter space), so there no changes were needed there. However, we were able to add a couple things to make improvements: The island was extended to add some room to the bar seating, a drawer was added for garbage/recycling organization (garbage cans under sinks and in pantries are far from ideal), slide-out shelving was added near the stove for easy pot/pan storage, an under-mount sink was chosen for both aesthetics and to eliminate all those crumbs getting caught on the rim of the sink, and the upper cabinets were extended to the ceiling for added storage and a more grand look.
The B's ended up choosing Signature Series maple cabinets (which include full slide-outs and soft-close hinges), with the Copenhagen door style, Sundace stain and a black glaze. For the counters they went with the Sahara pattern on the island and Mesa around the outside (both are Pental Quartz). These two colors were tied together by a full height tile back-splash.
While replacing the cabinets and counters, the B's also decided to replace the laminate floors with hardwood(DIY), replace the window sills/trim in the kitchen - to make them match the updates, and replaced the damaged back door.
All of these improvements have created a beautiful new space for B's to cook, relax and entertain!