I’ve been wanting to redo this kitchen for 15 years and we’re about ready to take the plunge! Hoping you all can help me transform this into a functional, welcoming and pleasing room. I think I’d like to take cabs to the ceiling and add molding (yes? no?) Maybe add a pantry cabinet on the wall with the archway. Microwave above stove (?) This is our only dining space and the benches are valuable storage space so plan to keep that corner the same. I think I’ve decided on cream walls, soapstone counters, stainless appliances, ripping out laminate floors and refinishing hardwoods underneath. Undecided on cabinet color or stain - what do you all think?