One of my guilty pleasures is to look at homes for sale in my home town (I don't currently live there, but hope to move back in a few years). It kills me when these gorgeous 1920-40's homes have these horrible kitchens from the 80's or 90's. You just know some couple came in and ripped out all the old beautiful cabinetry and tile. Every once in awhile you see one that has been correctly restored and updated. It can be done, but most don't have the imagination or desire.
There's a commercial on for Lowe's right now showing a young couple demolishing a kitchen. Irritates me every time. How much better had it been if they had shown them donating the old stuff and then buying new at Lowes?