It took a year from the time we started seriously investigating our kitchen remodel until the last tile was installed. I received a lot of help from all of you generous people, and so I wanted to share my results in case they could be helpful to others. I didn't take all the advice, but it always made me think.
The former kitchen was 14 years old, original to the house. We needed more space at the island, and wanted to make the whole area more kid-friendly. It was also time for the formica to go! The natural maple cabinets were still in decent shape, but had yellowed with sun exposure. We found them a new home, avoiding the landfill.
Cabinets: Schrock painted Pearl on perimeter, and Decora stained Teaberry on island ($17,800) Cabinet accessories purchased separately included wine rack, trash pull-out, shelf slide-outs, cutlery inserts, hanging file folder.
Granite: Leathered Antique Brown ($6,200)
Butcherblock and Bar shelf: Character walnut from Hardware Lumber ($1500) with DIY Waterlox finish
Heath ceramic 3"x6" backsplash tiles in matte Dew ($1,200)
Appliances purchased included U-line bev fridge ($1100), GE Dishwasher ($480), Whirlpool slide-in range ($900), GE Panasonic microwave, Arietta Lazio hood with recirc kit ($400). Fridge is 14 year old GE that will be eventually replaced. We're not into cooking enough to splurge on higher-end appliances.
Pendants are Kitchler Sayre antique pewter ($350) and drum chandelier is Restoration Hardware ($285)
Table and chairs are Canadel ($2200) purchased locally and island stools are Restoration Hardware ($1350)
Franke sinks, including the Oceania with integral ledge, and Delta Cassidy faucets. Pulls are Restoration Hardware adeline in chrome.
Labor was approx. $8000. No major demo was required. The floor was not a part of the reno, having been replaced 2 years ago.
Mostly drawers in my base cabinets, except for corner cab & sinks
Added feet at the last minute
Garbage bags stored above the trash pull-out
Microwave accessible to the kids, instead of above the range
Cutlery insert from Wood Hollow, which I read about on this forum!