A Happy Kitchen

My sister, Torri, has been toying with the idea of giving her solid oak, dated-but-cute little kitchen a mini-overhaul. We are hoping to make it happen during a small break in her schedule in August so I have been brainstorming ideas. We already know we want to incorporate blue, but keep it fresh and happy, and maybe throw a few other colors in there. She is a single girl in her twenties so we can go in any direction she likes which should make it interesting... specially because we are going to try and do it for less than $1000. 

Which needs to include counters, backsplash, sink and faucet. 
And definitely paint. 
And hardware. 
And I'm sure a lot of things I'm forgetting.

The term 'challenge' may be an understatement for this project.

Here are a few awesome small kitchens that manage to have a ton of personality and yet seem functional. Let's hope our project turns out like one of these!