In this kitchen the flooring, cabinets and the majority of appliances stayed in place. But what a difference relatively minor updates can make. Refinished cabinets, a fresh paint color on the wall, the addition of nickel cabinet pulls and a hip pendant and LED canned light combo replacing a time-stamped fluorescent ceiling fixture combine to totally reinvent this kitchen. Lowering the breakfast bar to counter height connects the kitchen seamlessly with the nook and family room. The new White Exodus granite countertops with a curved extension that enlarges the island and a 2×12 staggered Silver Mink glass tile backsplash provide the wow factor.