Here is the kitchen we got when we purchased the house:
Our "little" updates include painting the walls, cupboards, changing floor, faucet, knobs, lights, appliances and window treatment. The biggest of those, of course is painting out the cabinets which we were lucky to get someone to do it inexpensively using oil paint. Almost two years later, I think that paint is holding up well considering the daily abuse it is getting.
What a difference a bit of paint makes?! Kitchen is almost unrecognizable.. Here are before & after side by side:
And here are some of the detailed shots of pendant, upper and lower cabinets:
Hopefully I will be able to show the rest of the kitchen soon.