Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of the kitchen when Ben first moved in. I will have to describe it quickly - wall paper floor to ceiling white w/ blue horizontal & vertical bisecting lines with a faded border of Victorian houses. The cabinets were painted white and had baby blue doors with white ceramic knobs. Linoleum white flooring remained the same in the orange and blue scheme pictures. Cobalt blue linoleum counter tops. Sheer cafe curtains adorned the aluminum windows (which were replaced with new windows in the these pictures). The original kitchen did not have a dishwasher, so we added the stainless steel dishwasher with the dream that someday all of the appliances would be upgraded. The best thing going for this kitchen was the gorgeous cobalt blue wall/back splash tiles. In an attempt to work with the tiles and to modernize the kitchen I used a complimentary color scheme and boldly painted the walls orange. The color was a bit nauseating so a complete DIY kitchen makeover was in order. We attempted this refreshing re-do while I was in my 3rd trimester of my pregnancy with my first daughter.
Solution: I carefully removed enough tiles from behind the refrigerator and placed them one by one on either side of the window to make the back splash complete. It was not really completed until several months after Olivia was born though.