We got rid of the dark wood look by painting EVERYTHING white and putting a pale yellow on the walls.
For some reason, we didn't paint the window frames white. I don't know why, we just never thought about it. So the first step in our kitchen renovation was painting the window frames. I think it looks a lot cleaner already!
Next step will be installing the new white cast-iron apron sink and the new faucet. Then we will install the new countertops. Check out Step 2 and Step 3 of our kitchen renovation!