Kitchen Planning

Andy and I are planning a new kitchen for our house and hope not to kill each other. We live in a 1970's vingtage 2-level with one of the ugliest kitchens I've ever seen. As a family we love to cook and eat, and we've had it with this kitchen.

 The ugliest cabinets in all the land

The ugliest cabinets in all the land

There's not enough counter space, the storage space is weird and 1970's sized and the cabinets have at least 10 coats of varnish on them.

As a family we took a quick trip to a big box home store to look briefly at cabinets, counters and flooring.The whole trip took 30 minutes and it was soul crushing.

My great horror was, no one but me likes maple cabinets, they all veer to cherry. What? Do I take you to Ikea for nothing? Maple is fabulous, if not maple then oak, something light. Cherry is so dark and heavy, Voldemort would have cherry cabinets.

I'm not ready to discuss what happened with counters and flooring. It was not good.

We're just starting the process and I'd love to hear from those of you who have remodeled and survived with marriage, family and checkbook intact.