Before & After: First-Time Home Buyers Give Their Kitchen a Facelift

Before & After: First-Time Home Buyers Give Their Kitchen a Facelift

(Image credit: Rachel Selwan)

Rachel and her husband were so excited to become first-time home buyers, but they were less excited about the state of the kitchen in their new home. While the layout was perfectly functional and provided ample counter and cabinet space, the color scheme and style weren't to their taste.

But they were able to give it a budget-friendly facelift that made it feel like a brand-new space.

(Image credit: Rachel Selwan)

Here's Rachel's kitchen now. At first glance you wouldn't even guess it was the same kitchen, would you? But most of the changes the couple made were cosmetic, and didn't involve a lot of demolition.

Rachel writes that they knew replacing the cabinets would be cost-prohibitive, and wouldn't allow them to upgrade their appliances. So they chose to sand and repaint the builder-basic cabinets a soft shade of dove gray and add contemporary fixtures.

(Image credit: Rachel Selwan)

The biggest project was replacing the countertops. The speckled formica had to go, and Rachel and her husband had it replaced with a brand-new quartz countertop and a coordinating checkered backsplash. As you can see above, the kitchen was a work in progress for a bit, but the results speak for themselves.

(Image credit: Rachel Selwan)

Here's a look at the before and after side by side. It's amazing how much more chic the black, white, and gray color scheme makes the space. And the stainless steel appliances really bring everything up to date.

(Image credit: Rachel Selwan)

And finally, here's a close-up look at the new countertops and tiled backsplash. Such an upgrade!

Thanks for sharing your remodel with us, Rachel!

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