We purchased this home close to 13 years ago and I never liked the builders grade cabinets and 80's style light fixture. So over the past couple of years I have continually made updates/changes to the kitchen as budget allowed. The backsplash is made out of alluminum roofing flashing and push pins in squares turned on the diagonal and small circles set in a subway pattern. I have ripped out the ceiling and done a tray ceiling with track lighting and added some simple molding to finish off. I have painted the cabinets two-toned with a white on the uppers and black on the lowers. I am a woodworker by heart so, I built a moderate sized island for additional counter space. The counters used to be a butcher block laminate. Although they are still laminated, I used an epoxy based garage floor paint and sealer and painted them black. I replaced the builder grade faucet with a goose neck and painted the appliances a stainless steel. I added new hardware to the cabinets and replaced the white tile with black grout with a 16" indian slate tile (which I continued through the entire lower level). For a whimsical touch I added the word "COOK" to the uppers above the stove with wooden raised letters that I made with my router.