When we bought our place two and a half years ago, we had zero intentions of staying in the Mile High City much longer. Which probably sounds crazy but, at the time, the rental market in Denver was exploding and we really wanted to lay down roots in the city. Despite knowing that it wasn’t going to be our home for long, I had a laundry list of requirements – top floor corner unit, two bedrooms, considerable storage, hardwood floors, original features, etc. And while our place checked all the boxes, the one thing that didn’t make the cut was the kitchen. The previous owners renovated it just before putting it on the market and, although it was a few steps up from the original kitchen (even that’s a stretch), it was dark, the finishes were cheap, and it just didn’t flow well with the rest of the space. Had we been planning to stay in Denver, the kitchen would have been a deal breaker. But since we weren’t, we signed our life away and got the keys, and I lived with the kitchen but spent a lot of time dreaming about what I’d do if we ever got the chance to renovate it.