We painted the top cabinets white and the lower cabinets are a very light grey. The color difference is very subtle...you can kind of see it in the pantry pic below. We also mounted the microwave, added a backsplash and upgraded all the appliances to stainless steel.
Sink, dishwasher and fridge BEFORE
This was the view from the doorway to the dining room BEFORE
The view from the dining room AFTER. We kept some of the upper cabinets open. Most of the decisions we made in this house were tests to see how we like things for the eventual "forever" house. I love the look of open cabinets but wanted to make sure we could keep them neat. We have been upstairs for a year and a half and we have never had an issue. I love it and am so glad we did a dry run in this house.
You might remember there were extra upper cabinets between the kitchen and dining room. We took them out to open the space and put in a large peninsula to maximize counter space.
View from dining room toward the kitchen BEFORE
First day of demo
Day three of demo...the floor removal
View from kitchen toward dining room once the upper cabinets were removed.
Same view today. We left out one of the lower cabinets to leave room for the trash can and Molly's food. This was a great decision for how we function in the space.