I post this before and after not because it is perfection, but because it is doable! These are our exact same oak cabinets, layout, the works. I hope when E sees this, he welcomes the challenge (under $1,000).
And then I found this amazing do over - a little more extensive, but how amazing that they lifted their cabinets, added shelves, painted everything AND went with butcher block countertops. The kitchen looks amazing and dreamy and I will have to live with that, my dreams...