My very first house was a very nice place, but the kitchen.... It was in good shape, but the previous owners certainly had different taste than I do. They'd tried for a southwestern look, with turquoise laminate countertops and what was supposed to be a terra cotta colored back splash and trim. It was actually pink. Oh the horror! I'll have to find the old pictures and show you. I used to keep a "before" picture on my refrigerator so I could see how far it had come. My aunt and uncle painted the cabinets a nice clean new white, installed a white beadboard back splash, and replaced the pink laminate trim around the counters with nice white wood trim. It looked a thousand times better. With all that done, I could easily pretend that the turquoise was green. I enjoyed my bright sunny kitchen for about 5 years before I made plans to replace the green with a more neutral tan laminate. It was on order when I happened to see that a two-story colonial house that I had admired was for sale. Long story short, the order was canceled, the for sale sign went in the yard, and we moved into that two story colonial.