I bought my house in the summer of 2016. There was poor lighting throughout the whole house, dull paint colors, and just a very depressing vibe. I couldn't wait to throw some light, natural paint colors on the walls and replace all the lights with LEDs. Here is a before picture. I did a very poor job taking project pictures along the way. Hopefully the before and after pictures speak for themselves.
One of the first things I did was took off the cabinet doors in the middle section to keep an open concept. I filled the holes and gave the whole thing a coat of black chalk paint. I updated the countertop by painting it. I threw a layer of polycrylic on top of the countertop for easy clean up!