To modernize the kitchen and open up the space, the owners install open shelving, repaint the lower cabinets and replace the counter with a hand-me-down butcher block. Even with a splurge on vinyl floor tiles, they keep the budget to $3,400. See more before-and-after photos of this kitchen at Christina's Adventures.
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butcher block island with overhang, stools (something taller for nick) and storage underneath (but no handles to knock knees)