So I begin our journey! I drag my family with me. They aren't as excited as I am about it, but that's okay, they'll dig it when I'm done. I figure this will take me a few years.
I have been promised new kitchen counters -- they will be black, I just don't know if they'll be Corian, laminate, or (I HOPE I HOPE) Silestone. Silestone isn't exactly period, but it IS pretty fabulous. Especially if I get the color I want - Stellar Night. I am also contemplating doing a mosaic backsplash behind the stove myself. Many ideas will be expressed than discarded.
I am planning on photographing a lot of the progress. I've been doing exhaustive research before taking this on - that's the kind of nerd I am.
This weekend I'll be taking all of our vintage signs and other decor off the walls of the kitchen and taping up the edges and woodwork in preparation for spackling/sanding/priming. I'll also be washing the curtains.