Loved the kitchen from the first time I saw it. Love the layout, love the ample counter space, love the central location. Once we moved in, I found a few simple, cheap and fairly easy things I could update to make the kitchen better reflect our style.
1. installed a new faucet, with a pullout handle for better reach in the sink. If we could just increase the water pressure, the spray feature would work better!
2. sassy 2.5yo grew into a 3yo that doesn't like her picture taken anymore ;)
3. spray painted the cabinet pulls and fan. Seriously cheap at $7/can, mostly a time issue in removing, painting and letting dry, and then reattaching. My mom and I did this together, so it was a fun project. Fan worked great for a recolor, pulls work moderately as the paint gets rubbed off with use. We will end up replacing the pulls at some point, but for now, spray painting them made a nice additon to the overall look w/o much investment
4. repaired the walls which had gaping holes from replumbing we needed to do when we moved in - thanks, Dad, for repairing them! - and typical wear and tear from use/hangings. Repainted to a warm and welcoming yellow. My favorite big impact change!
5. painted the accent line on the backsplash. It was pink and turquoise and I used acrylic paints in three tones of brown to give the accent a more updated color scheme. Very, very easy and made a big difference to me in the overall look
I've enjoyed working on these small changes and smile when I go into the kitchen these days. I spend a lot of time in there, so it's nice for it to be a place I enjoy. We still have some kitchen projects including repainting the ceiling. Now, to make some decisions about pictures and wall hangings and this room will really start to feel like home!