Modernize 1922 Kitchen While Keeping Vintage Charm?

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Q: Yesterday, you posted a question from someone who wants to bring vintage charm back to a 1922 kitchen. My questions is just the opposite - how do I remodel my 1922 kitchen to make it a bit more modern and functional, but not lose it's wonderful vintage charm?

We love the wood counter tops, and the cabinets are in good, solid condition (although they need to be repainted, and definitely need new hardware!). We plan on replacing the white counter and the sink - but with what? I am considering a warm orange (adobe) corian, or a bright yellow quartz with a big white farmhouse sink. I am at a loss for what to do about a backsplash, cabinet colors, wall colors, floor, etc. The counter and kitchen sink are the first things you see when you come in through the front door, so I want to get it right! The photos were taken on the day we moved in, a full year and a half ago, and we have unpacked and cleaned, but otherwise have not changed a thing yet.

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