Before I even moved in, I painted the cabinets, following a TOH
step-by-step, how to paint kitchen cabinets
. I changed the hardware to hidden European hinges and modern silver pulls. Over time, I also replaced the old dishwasher
with a newer one I got for $20 on eBay, and I picked a fruity green color for the walls and backsplash to play off the orange counters rather than trying to fight them. The result is a brighter, happier kitchen.