When Kitchn reader Kathryn and her husband found the weekend house of their dreams, it was perfect in almost every way. While it did have a huge garden (great for Kathryn's intense gardening obsession), the kitchen was small and outdated. Six months later the couple decided to fix that problem. Here's what they did:
We've seen so many kitchen renovations move away from wood cabinets in an effort to modernize, but this kitchen makeover —designed by Portland-based architect Michael Howells and featured recently on Design*Sponge—manages to have both. It's a beautiful melding of vintage and modern. See the 'After' shot below:
Are white kitchens classic or trendy? Opinion varies widely, but one thing is certain: we've been seeing a lot of white kitchens lately. So it's a nice to see a kitchen renovation that deliberately goes in the other direction. The owners of this kitchen wanted a warmer, more traditional look to the kitchen, and the white cupboards just weren't cutting it. Here's what they did:
When Kitchn reader Debra bought her apartment in the Marais district of Paris in 2007, the kitchen had not been renovated since the 1950's. Needless to say, it needed a lot work! But because it was small and opened into the living room, she also wanted it to feel integrated with the rest of the house, to have a bit of a bibliothèque feel. Here's what she did:
Let's say you wanted to make over the look of your kitchen (which you detest) but feel, rightly, that it would be unwise to spend a huge amount of money on a full renovation. What approach would you take? What would you do? Well, we should all take inspiration from Amanda Hesser's recent kitchen makeover, which turned what was rapidly becoming a dated space into something more sophisticated and modern, better tuned now for the video and photographic work done every week in this kitchen. Want to see the after?
Two years ago James and his partner bought a ranch house in Dallas. Although they loved the house and the location, they weren't wild about the interior, particularly the kitchen. (It had been cheaply renovated by a previous owner and felt generic.) They didn't have a lot of money to spend on a kitchen renovation, but by "choosing wisely" and doing most of the labor themselves they were able to turn this contractor grade kitchen into something much more suited to their tastes. See the 'After' photos below:
Every once in a while we like to take a look at kitchen renovations done by professional design studios. They're usually more aspirational than achievable for many of us, but they still provide great visual inspiration and ideas. The kitchen you see above once belonged to a couple who, after finding themselves empty-nesters, decided to sell their high-maintenance beachfront home. The Emily LaMarque Design Studio, based in West Hollywood, stripped the kitchen to its studs, knocked down a few walls, and turned the dated design into a glamorous kitchen befitting its covetable waterfront location.
When Kitchn reader Heejoo renovated his Northeast Seattle home earlier this year, the kitchen was a big part of the makeover. Heejoo added a partial second story in order to expand and update the kitchen with a new formal entry and an L-shaped open floor plan—all designed to be "casual and modern." See what it looks like now:
After eight months of prep work, including sourcing, building, and staining new cabinets, Theresa and her husband were ready to gut their old kitchen and transform it. They removed everything from the kitchen, right down to the studs and subfloor, and put it back together in 11 days. See what it looks like now:
Despite a very limited budget, Kitchen reader Cheryl wasn't going to let that get in the way of redoing her kitchen. With the help of her husband and some DIY skills (including building her own cabinets) Cheryl made a kitchen to fit her needs!