We also chose new handles that weren't 30 years old. They make a big difference.
This side of the kitchen is completely new. Because there was only a 24" stove there before and the fridge was a different size as well, nothing really fit together. So Ryan took out all of the old cupboards from this side and moved them around to different parts of the kitchen. So these cupboards don't have any of the issues that the other ones did!
We went with track lighting since the light that Ryan hated didn't work out. It is much brighter and works perfectly.
There is so much more counter space now. We can both work comfortably in the kitchen without getting in each others way.
Ryan also built the microwave shelf to give us some extra room on the counter. He's super handy.
We are really happy with the overall result. There is a lot more room and it seems pretty fresh considering that the cupboards are still original to the house. Moving the peninsula really opened up the room. And we actually have more cupboard space then we know what to do with! What more can a girl ask for.