A lot of us know the problem. A new house, a perfectly serviceable but very tired kitchen, a limited budget and ... well .. you know you really can't justify a complete gut because even though those cabinets aren't really your taste they are just too good to rip out and throw away. Sydney-sider Sarah from everydaythingsetc had just that problem and being a sensible woman she decided to work around what she had. After all even though she hated those oregon cupboards she knew that whatever she got to replace them, with her budget they would be nowhere near the quality. Paint the cabinets, new tile, a new benchtop (the old one was peeling away), more paint on the walls and done. Done in stages that is :) Thanks for the pics Sarah.