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Ideas needed for improving small, dark kitchen on a budget

3 years ago
last modified: 3 years ago

We just bought this house and want to renovate the kitchen on a budget. We plan on having a new island built without a bar top. I want to refinish the cabinets but cannot decide on a color or whether to sand them down (they are cherry) with a more natural oil finish. The kitchen is very small and dark, with only one window mostly blocked by the cabinet, so I want to lighten and brighten it up. It is an open concept with the living and dining room in a 50s ranch. I want to avoid anything too trendy and would really appreciate any advice or ideas for the space. I added photos in the comments because I couldn't figure out how to add them here. All the furniture is the previous owners'

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