We also decided to have Rob and Franklin remove the upper end kitchen cabinet. We wanted to let in more natural light. That happened yesterday, along with finishing the last of the drywall. The "classic" stove hood will also be replaced, and the soffit removed above both spaces, allowing a more "uncluttered" visual to the room and outside.
As seen in this view from the cooking area.......
It truly is amazing how much larger the room "feels" with the dark paneling and end cabinet gone. The drywall is up and the first coat of "mud" on. They'll return this AM to put on another coat of mud.
As intrusive as this updating has been, it is worth every inconvenience. We have to keep our eyes on the prize at the end of it all. :)