When i bought my house, the worst part of the kitchen was a near-total lack of cabinets. I mean, besides the 4 doors to the kitchen and the lack of home for the refrigerator. But aside from that, cabinets.
Built in 1909, the house likely had free-standing cabinets for most of its life. By the time i bought it the only cabinets aside from the pantry were on the wall around and above the sink.
This is how much storage and counter space we had around the stove: