I have always hated the kitchen in our house. Since the first time I walked in the door I disliked it. It made me hate the whole house, for a lot of years honestly. But moving isn't an option for us, due to some awesome (read: terrible) investment decisions we made a couple of years ago. We sat down and had a big conversation about our plans. If we should live with it and plan to move as soon as we could, do something low-cost and plan on leaving in 5-10 years or so. Or really do what we want and plan on staying. We have been here so long now that it really is home. The house I hated for so many years I now cant bear the thought of leaving. After really thinking about it we decided that we both wanted to stay here and make it what we want.
We went to soooooo many cabinet places. (BTW, Home Depot was seriously the 2nd most expensive place and that was for the craptastic cabinets). Brandon's cousin gave us the name of his friend who builds cabinets and he is who we ended up going with. He has been amazing to work with. He made exactly what I wanted. I cannot say enough good things about him. Seriously, amazing! If you are thinking of any cabinet stuff being done, I will give you his info. You should totally go with him. =)
We hadn't planned on redoing the floor right now but when we pulled the old pantry out we really didn't have a choice but to change it out. There was no tile and oddly cut tiles in there. We tried figuring out a way to just fix it up but it wouldn't have looked very good. And Brandon has always hated the tile we had anyway. Even though there were numerous times that he wished he hadn't done it while it was going on, we are both so happy that we ended up doing it. It was such a huge task pulling it out and laying new tile but I think we would be disappointed if we hadn't.
Ok, I think I have rambled enough, I can get to pictures now.....