This gorgeous and cheap kitchen remodel from Cottage Living has tons of great ideas. She kept the stock cabinetry that was in the kitchen but painted it and raised the upper cabinets to meet the ceiling. Put beadboard on the ceiling and crown molding on the uppers. Added shelving below for readily accessible items. White subway tile and black granite countertops complete the look. I am planning something similar at my house. Oh, 1980's oak cabinets....you're days of ugliness are numbered.