My mom's kitchen is a typical 1970's alley kitchen with a short, narrow footprint and dark cabinets. Since this photo (below) was taken, new wood floors have been put down but the rest of the space is still living in its dull, brown glory. The plan is to remove the wood valance above the sink, replace the existing cabinets with new door fronts and paint, put in under cabinet lighting and install a new countertop. Since it is a small space and no walls can be moved, creating a light and airy feel is vital to adding more visual square footage.
This is my solution to the problem... white cabinetry with glass fronts to extend the visual space and dark stone countertops for dimension and durability. New hardware in a timeless nickel finish is also a must. And I've always envisioned putting in schoolhouse lighting (like shown here above the sink) to compliment the rest of the traditional pieces in her home. Outdated fluorescent lighting and beautiful antiques just don't mix. But wouldn't this be lovely?
Here are a few other small, white kitchens that caught my eye. To view the sources, please visit my Pinterest page.