I think I've mentioned that before we bought our house it had suffered a long, long time as a rental property. This area is inner city and has a bit of a seedy past before getting all gentrified (in fact we used to rent around here in our earlier and seedier years).
The kitchen was DISGUSTING and had to be the first thing to tackle (I wouldn't use the oven for fear of hairy beasts may have been living and toileting there).
I've just discovered that most of my "before" shots are really pretty crappy as I took them on the day we were moving in. Perhaps it was a subconscious act on my part to make the "befores" look even more awful. Of course the view onto the neighbour's brick-clad monstrosity is still there (sigh...) So . . .