1940's NZ kitchen - small, awkward-ish layout.
I'm not sure what to do to improve on this kitchen, short of ripping it all out to start from scratch. The stove is placed off center of where there is a hole to vent for moisture/cooking smells so we always end up cracking the window that's on left hand side. We are definitely painting the walls a light shade of robin's egg blue that will also go in the main part of the house and the hallway areas. Eventually I want to remove the wall between the kitchen and the lounge area to really open up the floor plan. But here are the main things I'd like opinions on: Counters - We don't have much of them to begin with and even less when we use appliances. The only way I think we can increase it would be to rip out the original Great Wall of Cabinets which would then require us to put in new lowers which would most likely not match the existing/remaining cabinetry. If we do keep it all, I'll likely paint the counters (although I'm not sure what color other than black or light grey). Cabintery - It's very plain and the doors definitely need fixing as most don't stay shut or are impossible to open and some are even completely crooked. I was thinking of adding a simple wood border to each to cover up the gaps and add some interest. Something simple like a shaker style and then update the hardware in an antique nickel/silver finish with knobs for the cabinets and bin pulls for the drawers and flour bins (which are my favorite thing). As a bonus, my fiance revamped the water heating when he first bought the house to a tankless system which freed up that huge two door cabinet. We have plans to make that a pantry. I'd like to paint the cabinets either a bright white or a shade of green but what makes me hesitate on the green is that it might be too much color, especially with the robin's egg blue on the walls. Floors - There are nice-ish wood floors underneath that awful linoleum but I'm not sure how nice they are as there are lots of digs that go straight to the floor. This same linoleum is also in the laundry/toilet room and the back entrance. The back entrance is the main entrance to the house. My fiance and I found stick-on vinyl tiles (the black and white checkered pattern that are in one picture) that are about $1 each and could cheaply and easily cover the current floor until we can afford to do the major renovations (including putting insulation into the walls). I'd like to keep the house in a 1940's feel because I think it's a selling point but I could be wrong. We might only be living here for a few more years (5 at the most) and I'm leaning towards quicker fixes than completely overhauling the house. Thanks for your time!!