When we moved into this house, we knew the kitchen would have to be redone at some point in the (hopefully) near future -- that was about 6 years ago and the time has come.
The cabinets are metal and were probably installed in the 40's or 50's, and while the last owner re-painted them (they were a pale, rosy-brown color originally), the paint did not stick to the metal very well and they are looking pretty awful.
When we attempted to replace the ancient (and nasty) wall oven, we discovered that they didn't make one small enough for the opening. This led to the cave like opening and resulted in the purchase of a range that sits next to the existing electric cooktop.
More photos of our current kitchen are over here.
So, it's time to rip it all out and start fresh. We have decided on IKEA cabinets, which I've found get great reviews -- even better than pricier cabinets -- and cost a good deal less. The new floor plan includes an island, which will be a nice change, and since we are saving money on the cabinets and also some appliances (IKEA fridge, dishwasher and microwave) I'm putting the money we save into a fancy range. (Anyone have a Wolf? GE Monogram? Electrolux or Electrolux IKON?)
I'm excited, but nervous -- it's a big investment, but very much needed. Plus, I know the actual destruction and construction will probably be hellish. I'm already planning my temporary kitchen which I'm going to set up in the dining room.
Any tips on kitchen remodeling? Things you love about your kitchen? Things you wish you had done when you remodeled? We are pretty much going down to the studs, so this is my chance to make any and all changes and I welcome ideas and input!