This picture really encompasses how the kitchen felt. If you can't tell, this picture was taken in the middle of the day - you can see the light trying to come in the windows. Dark, dungeon-like with florescent lighting and 60-year-old linoleum flooring. Also, you can't see it from this angle, but across from the fridge was an unusable area that was desk-like with the counter top and nothing underneath.
Everything was taken down to the studs and replaced! New mudroom with a bench and pantry replaced the odd desk area. Kitchen was moved forward and opened up to the living and dining area.