) Putting in brand-new countertops is not a small change.
So to improve on what you have, try one of these tips.
Wire shelves and under-cabinet baskets make sure you're using all the space available in your cabinets, and even your fridge and freezer.
Switching out an overhead light fixture is much easier than it sounds. I bought a vintage light fixture for on Etsy, but before that I was eyeing a few options at IKEA. That might be all you need to feel like you've seen the light, literally.
When was the last time you changed those shelf liners? Putting down a fresh nonstick liner will give you an opportunity to take everything out of your cabinets (and put them back in an organized way), and clean the cabinet or drawer so you start out fresh. I used to have ugly, gray laminate floors in my kitchen, and it made a huge difference when I first put down a red 4x6-inch cotton rug a couple years ago.
Instead, we deal with our kitchens' quirks and inconveniences on a daily basis.
Thankfully, your kitchen can still be a place that you love and cherish — a place you enjoy, and not merely tolerate.