This is a rather small and somewhat confusing space, so I'll start with a floor plan of what it was and what it is now.
You can see how little useable space is actually in here.
No. 2 - the sink - a nice composite sink, but totally not our style. It now resides in the shop.
No.4 - the refrigerator - totally blocks the flow of the room. Gotta move! Also, it created a dark gloomy corner by the bathroom.
No. 6 - this is said broom closet. I had nothing against it personally, actually it was quite usable, but it was right in front of a perfectly lovely chimney.
No. 2 - a huge 1940s enamel double drain board sink! Found this baby in the basement. Post to come.
No. 3 - We found this gorgeous and perfectly-sized hutch at an architectural salvage shop in Paullina, IA. It used to be a science cabinet in a school in Ida Grove - more on that later too.
No. 7 - we had to create this stub wall to hide an air duct. The wall does give a nice separation to the rooms, somewhere to put the fridge, and somewhere to put light switches.
So, now that you have your bearings, here are some photos of the "before" nastiness!
When we moved in, the kitchen was by far the most, ah, "colorful" room of the house. It featured not one, but three different varieties of paneling and ceiling tile. We had our faux stone wall (also note the little cabinet I was referring to earlier and in the far left side of the picture - that's the chimney but it's hiding!)
As you can see, there was another door in the kitchen. This eliminated all the usable wall space, and we decided that the entrance to the porch should probably be moved to allow for more kitchen space.