I was so eager to get going that I started today! Sean kindly helped me remove the upper cabinets on one side of the kitchen. These are what created the dark hole feeling since they blocked a ton of great light from the bay windows in the eat in nook. This is the wall that will have a new window when the final renos happen, but for now I am going to paint this wall and put a shelf up. I know that most aren't fans of open storage in a kitchen but I am one of the few who have always liked it!
Step 1 in many to come, but a big difference already~
p.s.- the dishwasher isn't peeling, it is new and we have yet to remove the plastic protecting the stainless steel