I was reminded of the lean implementations we started hearing about 20 years ago. Painting everything in the plant was one of the first things that people did, often as part of 5S, often believed to be right place to start. Many people still believe that. Sometimes it's true. Regardless, there are undeniable benefits to painting. Brighter, cleaner surroundings may improve employee morale and make defects more easily noticed. Some people actually understand that the purpose of painting a machine is to make problems visible to operators, who are trained to diagnose it or make a prompt call for maintenance.
How many of those plants are like my kitchen? Could it really have been 20 years since that plant-wide cleanup? How discolored and beat up have the walls, floor, and equipment become? Can you still see the yellow lines? How much STUFF has accumulated? If you thought a makeover was a one-time thing, you are probably in one of those organizations that never really figured out what lean is.
My kitchen's much improved, and I don't have that subliminal