Just recently purchased this home that belonged to my late Grand Parent's and I pretty much need to update every room. Top priority is the kitchen and the living room-see photo's. As you can see for both rooms I will be dealing with wood paneling, and the living rooms back wall is brick. I want to paint the paneling and brick to lighten up the living room and put hardwood flooring down where you currently see, (I don't even know what color to call the carpet), but it is coming out. For the kitchen I'm looking at the same concept with the painting of the walls and cabinets. Want to replace the countertop with grayish granite or marble?? I am new to this site, but have seen some pretty good recomendations so far and would greatly appreciate the suggestion's!