I recently completely what I am calling a "thorough surface remodel" of our kitchen. We didn't replace much, but did alter some things and refinished just about every surface except the floor. There are a few more things to do, but I need to focus on some other projects while the weather is good!
There are essentially two sides to the kitchen: the side with all the kitchen stuff and the side with the wood stove and a hallway that leads to the laundry- and bathroom.
After on the kitchen side:
I refinished the cabinets inside and out, added a crown moulding to the uppers, raised the uppers, replaced the glass with zinc-plated steel, replaced the knobs and pulls. We did get a new sink and faucet, so reconfigured and refinished the counter for that. It was also way out of level, so had a handyman level it out and build the new part of the sink. I did the refinishing. I added a tile backsplash and replaced all the switches and outlets. I replaced the lighting and painted all the walls. I painted and replaced handles on the refrigerator.
After on the "fire side":
I repainted the walls, replaced the "cap" over the brick veneer, repaired and painted/glazed the brick, painted the stove and added the picture rail at the top of the wall.
Before, the whole deal:
We had added the island last autumn and it made living w/o the rest of the counter for over 3 weeks tolerable! It took about 5 months all told and we're pleased with the results. We like the look a lot more and the function is much improved, too. Whew!
I posted about the island on craftster here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442769.0
And I have roughly a squillion blog posts from just about every week of this process if you'd like to see photos of the process or details. http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results