There were 2 pantries in the kitchen on each side of the desk - so we kept one and could do without the other. So where we were losing counter space with the U-shaped area, we gained it back and then some with moving the fridge and adding a "bar" type area to where the original pantry was.
I'm really glad I no longer have a "drop spot" to throw all my junk - the desk was ALWAYS an eye sore.
We added more storage by removing the soffits and taking the cabinets all the way to the ceiling. Added recessed lighting brightens the entire place up! There used to be 2 boob lights in there.
Such. An. Improvement! See the black table? Found some test pots of a soft gray color - felt really crafty for a week, but painting furniture is TEDIOUS. So, when you come over, don't look too closely........ ;-)
Now enjoying a beautiful first day of fall with the windows open!