Right now we don't have the time or money to completely redo the kitchen, but with a few changes it is so much brighter and feels quite spacious.
We expanded the opening between the kitchen and dining room and laid the same flooring in both.
I decided to pain the cabinets white and I added brushed nickel hardware. We painted the walls the same barely there gray that we painted the rest of the house.
This is what it looks like now. I would really like to change out the counter tops and back splash and get a farmhouse sink. I still need to paint the island, but just haven't wanted to make another mess or start another project.
Also, I'll just admit it, I love the white cabinets, but I don't think they will stay clean and they are already chipping in a few spots... So I think I will paint them a very light gray when we actually redo the kitchen, but who knows when that will be!