A couple people have asked me for tips on inexpensively redoing their kitchen. I think that one of the cheapest ways would be to paint your cabinets (here is a good tutorial on how to do that well from Young House Love) and install some butcher block counters, it'll lighten up your whole kitchen. What do you think about these kitchens as inspiration, do you like the lighter or darker butcher block? Which is your favorite?
All of the photos were taken from DecorPad... except for the middle one, which is from IKEA's webpage.