one of the first projects on my list when we moved here, after painting walls, was to remove some of the top cabinet doors in the kitchen and to paint those cabinets white. removing cabinet doors easily opens up the space and allows sight lines all the way back to the walls. pretty things like jars of bulk ingredients and stacks of white plates become focal points. just leave some doors strategically in place in order to cover the things not wanted on display. (i've done this in rentals as well, just put the doors back on before moving out.)
over those months in-between february and now, i've tackled the other surfaces i mentioned previously. the popcorn ceiling got a fresh coat of paint... popcorn and all. i decided to embrace its noise reducing qualities in my mind (it's all perspective, right?). the lower cabinets lost their faux antique paint job in favor of a pale latte color. a color that puzzled all those who know me best, but one that complements the countertop i did not choose (but choose to live with). the simplest wooden knobs painted the same color make them my favorite part of the "makeover" (not sure this is worthy of that word, but oh well).
and then there is the monstrous cabinet surrounding the fridge. my true desire is to rip it all out... wall and all... and to have an open plan living space. that would probably involve some load bearing wall shoring and floor patching and electrical manipulation and cabinet reconfiguring... and a lot of money. so, i painted the thing. six coats of white primer + paint later and well, it's white.
i could envision a lovelier kitchen, but this one is lovely too. i am so blessed to have all that i do. we have so much more than we need. good food flows in and out of here. laughter and good conversation fill this space on a daily basis. it's a really good place to be.