In this update, original cabinets were painted, granite counters were installed, and the backsplash is a mix of ceramic and glass tiles.
In this house, the kitchen was done a few years before I showed up to remodel their bathroom. However, after eating a few lunches with the homeowner in the kitchen, we came upon the plan to add a corner bench with drawer storage underneath. The heat source was moved out to the face of the bench, and the homeowner made cushions for the top. We used maple, and I had stained to match the stock kitchen cabinets.