Okay, remember this?
Like anyone could forget such an atrocity on the eyes.
Well, money is tight. But seeing that this is the dream home and all, I think it's okay to have short-term, and long term plans.
Rip out the back splash. Paint the walls. Paint the cabinets a deep espresso brown/black. Paint the doors cream, pop some color in a few of the blocks. Wash them with a brown glaze (just to tone down the color). Possibly replace the floors with a medium-toned wood.
It's kitchy, a little retro, maybe cool. I don't know. The Businessman doesn't like it. Of course, he likes the old kitchen.
Put Martha Stewart on speed dial.