A few tips when preparing for a kitchen update:
Use it as is for a while if you can. This will enable you to see how the space functions, and whether or not you need to make major changes to the layout. You’ll also have a better idea of the finishes you can live with and the ones you definitely want to change.
If you’re working with a budget, decide what changes will make the most impact for you. Do you like the cabinets, but hate the countertops? Do you wish you had an island or more workspace? Make a list of what’s most important and start there.
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice! Many people are hesitant to reach out to a designer with questions if they haven’t hired them, but a lot of us are happy to help if we can.