Good Questions: How To Update Kitchen?

Heather and Johnny sent in a good question: We are moving house next month and while our new kitchen is MUCH larger and more functional, it's ugly! I am particularly bothered by the pennisula and the dark wood cabinets. Without painting the cabinets (we will be painting every other square inch of the apartment), what could we do to make it more live-able?
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Should we remove the cabinet doors to create open shelving above the countertops, like we did in our current kitchen (photos 3 & 4 above)? Would changing the hardware be enough? Should we paper inside of the beveled cabinet doors?

Thoughts, ideas, and suggestions would be much appreciated!

Please share your thoughts with Heather in the comments below...thanks!

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