I have to say that overall the project went much better, and faster than I expected. I was a little worried that Hubby would start the project and then just let it go for a while but once he started it was done really quickly. The hardest and longest part was waiting for the counters to be installed- we had no sink or dishwasher at that point so there were a few weeks involving way too much take-out food and paper plates. Now that it's done though we're thrilled- we love the new kitchen, we have so much more space and we've added value to the house which is great too!
Here's another before- Hubby closed up the window to the right of the door (it looked out into our mudroom) so that we could add cabinets and counter space.
And here's the after. Literally everything is new (even the switch plates!) We're just waiting on the light fixture for over the sink.
And a here's a view from the kitchen into the dining area now.
It's definitely a HUGE improvement- and we managed to get it done without too many arguments and without taking forever to make decisions about what we wanted. We started planning in late November and now, in early May it's pretty much finished... Go us...
Think I'll start calling us the Rock Stars of Renovation.