Three different paint colors later it now looks like this:
From the dining room you used to see this:
But now you see:
My cabinet hardware will be on this weekend (fingers crossed) and then phase 1 will be complete.
Phase 2 will include new countertops, sink and light fixture. The island will become one level with a row of cabinets added underneath. The island size, 8x5 will stay the same. Hopefully that phase will be complete by May.