My wish has finally come true, and my terrible, awful, no-good kitchen was actually, for real, demolished yesterday!!!!
Above you see the old kitchen and then it's remains in the old dining room. The plan is to make these two spaces one with an island separating the dining and working spaces.
This was the initial plan. It has tweaked slightly given some structural discoveries found during the demolition. What I'm learning first hand is that even when plans are in place, sometimes function trumps form, and you need to change the design.