Dear Regina, You have too many things on your counter. I can't make some things out. I see a loaf of bread, you can put that in a nice bread box. I see canisters, put them in a closet or pantry. You paper towel could be hung up under your cabinets, in a convenience place. The cabinets can be painted like the butcher block. Put the watermelon in the frig. Looks like mail, find a small basket, no handle for it, find some place to put it.
Thanks for your observation, and thanks for no help at all. Aloha!
Have you tried proxcide and soda. Make a paste put it on the stain for a couple of hours.
I like your kitchen counters! I would paint the cabinets white and maybe fresh hardware.
Paint the cabinets (white will soon be on its way out, though, so some light color - maybe a light gray?) if you are allowed and able. If you can't paint (because you rent), attaching something like light colored beadboard panels (Have them cut to size at the hardware store from the sheet products) to the doors and drawer fronts using Command strips would at least make it look brighter without causing damage.
Add sleek hardware like door and drawer pulls (assuming you don't rent - if you rent, get written permission before drilling holes). Spend the extra few bucks and get the template. Trust me on that - I learned the hard way.
Add some undercabinet lighting - the LED strip kind can be either hardwired or plug in (some are even battery operated) and attaches with staples and is inexpensive.
Add a rail and hanging baskets along the wall or some shelves to get stuff up off the counter so you have more space at your disposal. If you can't attach anything to the walls, get or build some of those "over the sink" shelves to raise stuff off the counter.
Utilize the space above the cabinets for storage by adding large baskets for things that aren't so pretty like paper products or infrequently used utensils (for example, special occasion napkins that you drag out only once a year, the cookie press you use only at Christmastime - put stuff in bags so it stays clean) and large decorative items that are not frequently used. If you can tuck some additional LED strip lights up there pointing up, it would brighten the space for night time. If you are allowed to install stuff on the backsplash wall, install a magnetic knife holder so you can get the block off the counter.
You can update the backsplash easily and relatively cheaply with either stick on tile or Fasade products that are inexpensive and easy to install. (Just google Fasade - you will find a whole new world of possibilities - I used one of the stainless steel looking kind on my backsplash.)
Use Command hooks inside the cabinets to store things that you can hang up (like measuring cups and such). You can even use Command strips on the outside of the cabinets to hang smallish decorative stuff like interesting picture frames painted to match or coordinate with the cabinet doors.
Whatever you do, post after photos, please.
Paint upper cabinets white and bottom cabinets a pop of color. All new hardware. I would keep butcher block. Too much clutter on countertops create a coffee zone, small appliances not in use daily put in lower cabinets. Hang a paper towel holder underneather upper cabinets
I would do shaker doors and paint it all white... and Spreadstone or Ardex feather finish for the countertops. I don't think white ever goes out of style and if you have a small kitchen it can look incredible. The uppers are still a work in progress but eventually it will all come together.