Pretend you are me & Jeff (okay, if being two people is difficult, pick the one of us you like most. I'll wait... Seriously? You all picked Jeff? Figures.)
Okay, so you are Jeff and this is your situation: you and your adoring, competent, beautiful, hilarious wife - who, coincidentally, is a FANTASTIC mom - have recently purchased a home that is 20 years old. It needs a little updating and you are financially committed to X total dollars for said updates. One of the projects is your kitchen because the cabinets are in okay (but not great) shape and because your aforementioned wife cannot fit all her necessary kitchen accoutrement into the existing space. Therefore, you are set on adding an island but are running into a few snags in the form of cannot-match-old-cabinetry-to-new and these-cabinets-are-looking-worn-in-a-few-key-spots. You had really hoped to update the kitchen by adding granite countertops, which you can do with your current budget. However, you worry that granite+mediocre cabinets = BIG MISTAKE but do not particularly want to finance/do not particularly think the market can make worthwhile a real kitchen overhaul. What do you do?
Option 1: for original budget plus a little bit, redo all the cabinets so all are new and put in laminate countertops.
Option 2: stay within your budget and go for the island in a different color (supposedly is a trend now?) and put granite on everything hoping that mediocre cabinets+granite = ooh! pretty countertops and now I don't even notice those cabinets!
Option 3: Go big or go home. For roughly double your original budget, redo the cabinets and the countertops and keep all digits crossed in hopes of somehow, someday making some money out of this house.
This is the part where you comment. Be anonymous if you want, but really! Please comment! We need guidance and will take it in whatever form it avails itself. Thanks. And I hope you had fun being Jeff.