Before - this is a really bad builder grade kitchen with cabinets you practically had to crawl into and no place next to the stove to put anything. Sorry I thought I had more pics, but can't find them. Darn it. Anyway there was white 4x4 tile on the counter so cleaning grout constantly. On either side of the stove was a counter 9", so worthless, and the cabinets below, the same.
Here is the window wall. Not much changed, but I added the lazy susan and appliance garage, bumped the sink out as well.
We decided on Corian counter tops with an integrated sink, which I totally love. Since it is a small kitchen I couldn't see getting a cool granite we would never be able to enjoy!
I love the Corian, we went with Matterhorn which really looks like stone. It is easy to clean and I have trivets and cutting boards next to the stove for hot plates.
Here are pics I took today after 6 years.
This is my counter next to the stove. We hung a spacesaver microwave under the cabinet I use for baking items. It frees up the area over the stove where the microwave had been leaving no room to work at the stove.
The only other thing we have changed is the floor. Last year our 2nd dishwasher since the remodel started to leak. Sears was great though and we discovered the model was defective. They replaced the dishwasher and the floor. Pays to have a warranty!
Here are a few pics from that. Before::
Remodelaholic Budget Kitchen Project