There was a whole lot of brown. I don't dislike brown, but for me this just wasn't my vision and idea for a kitchen space. I prefer bright, white and light.
We replaced the countertops with granite, added oil rubbed bronze hardware and (duh) repainted the cabinets. We weren't able to do this all at once and spread it out over a solid nine month period due to time and budget. We still need to tackle the backsplash - I'm thinking a glass beige subway tile with white grout - but for now, it's pretty complete.
Everything flows color-wise, and the whole space feels lighter and happier. It is my favorite room in our house right now and I love cooking in it and spend way too much time trying to keep it overly clean (thanks OCD.)
Now that you have seen the before let's get to the after...