I can see that there was an attempt to update this kitchen in the past. The counters were nice, the cabinets had received a distressed paint job at some point and the backslash was newish. However, the only explanation I have for the adjoining dining room is this: ketchup-fight.
Luckily J. has a condition known as Design OCD and wasn’t happy until the whole things was gutted and streamlined and gorgeous. And now I reeeeeeally want to paint all my window frames black.