Quite honestly, I was cooking less and just didn't like to be in there, so it was a no-brainer to at least do some easy low cost updates to make it a space to enjoy. The first step was the counter top update last spring. You can read the blog post about that process here.
I purchased this tile paint product online and although it was super smelly (open the windows!), it only took two coats to make the beige tile and grout bright white!
Next was new hardware. Cup pulls for the drawers, for a little cottage/industrial feel. Knobs for the cabinets doors meant filling in the current handle screw holes with wood filler. That process took all of 5 minutes to fill them in, and an hour later sanded them smooth. So easy!