Ok...so on to the KITCHEN...
Here is the scoop: Original cupboards and hardware (HUGE hardware, so if I replace it, this would make things difficult because of the hole placements), updated dark green formica countertops, which are probably outdated now, lol, hardwood floors...sigh...in the kitchen, but they are staying, SOFFITS everywhere, making the room feel much smaller, but they are staying, too, wallpaper and an oddly placed chair rail, that are going...and last but certainly not least...BRICK, BRICK, EVERYWHERE!!!
Now, on to the visual aids, please excuse the mess, it was dinnertime...
Nice big window, notice the Soffits:
A close-up of the cupboards and HUGE hardware:
"La Cocina" is Kitchen in Spanish...our home is Spanish style, at least the outside and foyer are...after that, they stopped :( Oh, see, this is a big old soffit, once again, making the room feel so small:
See the oddly placed chair rail, I think it makes the room seem smaller than it already is:
A close-up of the doorwall, that we use all of the time...my husband wants a window treatment, but I really don't know what kind, since I don't want it to interfere with the use of the doorwall, privacy is not an issue, unless you don't want deer staring at you, lol:
To the left is the Dining Room, the right, a hallway with built-in desk, again, the chair rail is making the room feel 'short' to me:
Utility Closet...and see the stairs...this is a quad-style home:
A close up of the BRICK:
My husband and I saw a picture of a contemporary kitchen with a brick backsplash that kind of gave us an idea of what to do...tell me what you think...fill in each gap between the bricks with caulk and then paint the brick with a high gloss paint and then maybe even seal it with polyurethane (or something glossy if this is the wrong product to use)...
Also, I have seen so many BLACK kitchens lately...I was thinking black paint on these cupboards might look really sharp. My husband is not a fan of black, though, so this would take some coaxing on my part ;) He likes creamy white.
So, there is our kitchen, in all of its brick glory...please help!!! THANKS!!! :)