There will be a small counter on the right. I'll use a lighter color. The original dining room was traffic signal red. We painted it lime green. That was ugly too, so I painted it this earthy brown. I like the brown but it's too dark. One thing about paint, it can always be repainted.
We'll keep the cabinets and counter for the garage workshop / workbench. That will be a big improvement too. Recycle is good.
It looks bright in the photo but is really cramped, difficult to maneuver around, and not so pleasant for cooking. I like cooking and I think I will enjoy the change a lot. It's really for Ning but it will be a real luxury for me too.
Baigou is sitting in the approximate location of the planned island. That currently non-working oven will be replaced with a free-standing gas range with oven. I've been waiting to replace the oven for 3 months. The current oven quit working, but was never completely predictable. The wall behind refrigerator and oven will go, that is the wall that divides kitchen from mudroom.
The fridge will be in a similar location, but in what is now the mudroom. Also against that wall, a second, small sink for coffee machine and smoothie station. Those are my luxuries. I use them several times daily. The smoothie blender is also the coffee grinder. Having their own sink will be a nice touch.
Piña Colada Smoothie: Start with one cup frozen pineapple chunks. Full the cup to the top of the frozen pineapple with orange juice. Add a couple tablespoons of flaked coconut. Add 1/2 cup of silken tofu. Blend about 10 seconds. Check for big chunks and blend a few more seconds if they are too big. I like small chunks. It's like a piña colada ice cream or milkshake. The exact amounts of ingredients don't matter.