Help! Old tiny kitchen, what to change with tight budget
We just purchased a 1979 house and it came with a tiny kitchen. Hubby said that my dream kitchen remodel will have to wait (at least 3 years) but if I need to knock down cabinets or change the sink, that can be budgeted.
There's not going to be a major upgrade but I would love if you can give me insights and suggestions on what & what not to change given that I'm keeping the current layout.
I haven't tried the Ikea planner so I'm just posting pictures of the kitchen. I apologize for the mess. I took photos during inspection and some of the renters' stuff are still there .
This is it, this is the whole kitchen!
Left side would be open counterspace and fridge.
Right side is flat top range, microwave and oven.
View from living room
I would like to preserve the cabinets. For some reason I love the old cabs. Except for the upper cabinets above the left counter where it's open and looks out to the living room.
Q1: Can the upper cabs that is above the open countertop that faces the living room be easily removed and still keep the other upper cabinets attached to it? This would surely open up the kitchen and I won't feel boxed in when I'm there.
Q2. There's a broken ancient trash compactor to the left of the sink. We are going to remove it but I wonder what do I replace it with? Do we use the knocked down upper cabinets and try to make a cabinet out of it?
Q3. The ancient microwave and oven are working according to the seller. But they are OLD. Should I budget for a replacement or use what we have and wait for the remodel? This seems to be the items that will cost us a bit. If we buy now, I cannot buy a new one once we remodel.
Q4. Should we replace the tile countertops with laminate? Is that a more economical option or live with tile?
Q5. Would appreciate if you give me tips on other stuff that I'm not seeing?
Thank you in advance for your help!