When Ana and John decided to sell their 3-bedroom house, they knew they'd need to spruce up their tired, dated kitchen to attract potential buyers. The original 1927 kitchen was still intact for half of the space, but there were issues: modern sized plates didn't fit in the vintage cabinets over the sink, and the appliances and open shelving (which necessitated demolishing the original cabinets on one side of the space) made the kitchen look cluttered. Visitors, Ana said, always found the original farmhouse style sink charming, but it was much too shallow to be practical. And the linoleum floor? "An eyesore and hard to keep clean."
So with a return investment in mind, the couple worked with a kitchen designer to give their (partial) 1927 kitchen a fresh, new look and make it appealing to potential buyers. Read more about the renovation and see 'After' photos below:
In 2000 Kitchn reader Sue and her husband moved into a charming circa-1905 New Jersey colonial with a kitchen that was still firmly living in the 1980s, complete with mauve Formica countertops, sleek particle board cabinets, and a DIY backsplash tiling job. The couple saved and planned for nine years before they were able to expand the footprint and create a mind-blowing kitchen any serious cook would dream to work in. Check out the story and 'After' photos below:
Prior to its renovation, the kitchen in this 1,200-square-foot Austin fixer-upper suffered from poor design and a lot of wasted space. The boxy cabinets fit awkwardly on the wall, and the muddy grays were tired. The owners knew they'd need to "put the walls to work" when they overhauled it, and did they ever! Check out the stunning 'After' photo below:
When we first saw this dramatic kitchen transformation in Portland, we knew we needed to share it! As you'll see below, the designer did a modern tweak on the classic English scullery. The kitchen has an English flavor to it, while the materials are very local (and American-made) where possible. If the thought of Heath Ceramics tile and lighting and hardware from Rejuvenation gets you all excited, then jump below to see the 'After' photos!
Breakfast nooks can't help but be charming, cozy quarters and all. But they risk feeling a little too dark, drab, or cramped. That's what SF-based interior designer Cristin Priest thought of the nook around the corner from her kitchen, so she decided to give it a fresh, springy makeover. See the 'After' photo below:
From dark and gloomy to bright and cheerful; from painfully outdated to stunningly chic—the year's kitchen transformations were a sight to behold! So many Kitchn readers submitted their own projects and shared their tips and design strategies, a number of them on a budget. Here are 15 favorites from the year.
All Brande wanted was a kitchen that felt clean, inviting and bright. But as she tells The Kitchn, that was not what came with her house. After living with the outdated kitchen for 12 years, she and her husband were finally about able to make some changes, most of which they did themselves to keep the project within budget. Jump below to read more and see the 'After' photos:
When you're remodeling a kitchen, how do you pick appliances? If you're Kitchn reader Piper, you take two raw chickens to your local appliance store, cook them in two different ovens, and the oven that presents the best cooked chicken wins! (First of all, we'd like to know what appliance store agreed to that!) But this was just one of the tasks Piper tackled while updating her Napa Valley kitchen. Read more about her project and see 'After' photos below:
What do you do if you have an "awful" old kitchen with a low popcorn ceiling and no surface space? If you're Kitchn reader Faith, you knock out a wall between the bedroom and dining room and build a new kitchen! In this budget $6,000 kitchen renovation, the bedroom became the kitchen and the old kitchen became a sitting room. (We assume another room in the house became the new bedroom!) Read more about the project below:
When Los Angeles writer Julie Wolfson purchased her house, the outdated kitchen came with a "hideously ugly" tile floor and a barely functioning oven. Julie and her husband Steven wanted to remodel the kitchen before moving in, but it ended up being too big a project to tackle at the time. Now, thirteen years later, they finally have the kitchen they dreamed about.