Emily from Decorchick fame really wanted a white kitchen. But instead of going the whole DIY painted cabinets route, she opted to hire a professional to do the job. (Probably the best way to go if your budget allows, especially if you're like Emily and want a flawless, grain-free finish.) Another surprising, and commendable, choice was NOT putting in granite countertops but Formica fx180; that's that very cool high-definition laminate material. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look-see. Those and other choices seemed to have paid off as Emily's kitchen is now the kitchen of her dreams. Visit Decor Chick for tons of pictures and information about the makeover.