Here's what we started with:
Very woody and very brown. (sorry that second picture is so shadowed, but it does show that the walls were very apricot colored.)
We decided to have all the cabinetry painted white. Here's what that process looked like:
Then we went for about a month with no cabinet doors while we waited for new hardware to arrive and for the cabinet guy to come re-hang them. Some little vignettes were kind of charming as "open shelving" - but on the whole, it was pretty cluttery and I felt obsessive about keeping everything orderly to reduce the visual noise.
Easy access, though :) The kids loved that doorless month for dishwasher unloading.
And finally, here's what it looks like now with cabinet doors and hardware.
So I snapped a few quickies with my phone, too:
I believe in showcasing my childrens' creativity, but I hate a cluttered up fridge -- so we hang all the art on one side of the fridge. I should probably just let them put it on the front -- but this feels like a good compromise.
and to be real: here are the dirty dishes in my sink.
and here is the pile of the clutter I moved from the kitchen before I took these pictures: