Our kitchen was very typical before with light wood cabinets and granite counter tops. We wanted to update our kitchen by opening up the space and having a more updated, airy feel without breaking the bank.
This overall venture to change up the look of our kitchen was a two-fold project where we took down our top cabinets and repurposed them for basement storage (here's the link: http://www.hometalk.com/28453883/repurposed-kitchen-cabinets), and now putting up open shelving.
*Note: obviously there's going to be some leg work for this project. After we took down our top cabinets, we had to fill in holes, sand, primer and paint the walls. We also purchased a new oven hood to go with our new gas range. We recommend that you hire a professional to install your oven hood if you get a new one as it can be a hazardous task.