Before & After: 2012 Small, Cool Winner Daniel's DIY Kitchen Makeover

As Apartment Therapy's 2012 Small, Cool winner and the man and mind behind the blog Manhattan Nest, Daniel Kanter has an amazing eye - and some serious DIY skills. The kitchen, which you see here in its Before state, was drab and lacking in storage space. A few IKEA hacks later, and you have THIS. (Oh, and did we mention Daniel is only 22 years old?!)

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A close-up of the IKEA-hacked kitchen cabinet and countertop unit.

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If you read Daniel's blog, you know that things are changing and improving all the time, so who knows what's next for his kitchen! I'm excited to find out.

Read More About His Kitchen Projects: Manhattan Nest

(Images: Daniel Kanter for Manhattan Nest; Apartment Therapy)