I'm not sure why I didn't turn to CH first but please help me make some important decisions!
First, a little about my kitchen: I guess I'd describe it as a fat galley style. It's actually rather square but essentially all the work spaces and appliances/sink are along the perimeter.
The first things we've done have been to remove slate and limestone windowsils and blacksplash, remove the bulkhead above the cabinets, move the appliance configurations (moving the gas lines, water lines and electrical outlets!) and blow out a wall between the kitchen and dining room. I'll add a bar top here (looking for a cool slab of live edge wood for this). The side with the bar has the range - I splurged (for me) and ordered a 36" 6 burner BlueStar range and a Zephyr hood (man, hoods are much more expensive than I had anticipated). I'm thrilled with these decisions even if it has meant living in a construction zone!
Things yet to be decided that I could use some help on:
1. Wine rack - the previous owner had a wine rack. We're not huge wine drinkers and the hanging rack for the glasses doesn't accommodate all of our glasses due to the width of the bases. It is storage though and I suppose if we put it back up we could always take it down later. My better half happens to like it too. I was considering leaving it open though to have it feel a little more airy. This is an upper cabinet.
2. Pot storage - I don't have a great place for a ceiling rack. I did consider getting an enclume rack to hang where the wine rack had been. Another option which i had in our apartment was the Ikea rungs that are a bit like towel racks. I do have an open wall where I could have two levels of these.
3. Counter tops - this might not be a right now thing but an down the line thing. My current counter tops are limestone tiles (!) with a slate border. I find them to be pretty hideous however they seem to be nearly indestructible. I have dreams of marble but I feel like we're just not careful enough for marble. I have thought of temporarily using ikea wood butcherblock countertops but I'm not too sure that we're careful enough for that either! There is a gap where the previous backsplash was removed (since it was thick tile) so I'm concerned about finding a solution. It's not really in the budget to do much with the countertops - that's why I'm thinking temporary solution or out of the box solutions, remnants, etc.
4. Paint - what finish paint do you recommend? I'm not wanting it to be too shiny but I do want it to be washable?