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 After living with the outdated kitchen for 12 years, she and her husband were finally about able to make some changes, most of which they did themselves to keep the project within budget.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When Los Angeles writer Julie Wolfson purchased her house, the outdated kitchen came with a "hideously ugly" tile floor and a barely functioning oven.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.
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 While it did have a huge garden (great for Kathryn's intense gardening obsession), the kitchen was small and outdated.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:
Some acquaintances are about to buy a new (to them) home, one that has been in the hands of one owner since the 50s. They invited me over to give some opinions on the kitchen, and as soon as I saw it, it felt familiar. Why? I realized it felt just like Betty Draper's kitchen on Mad Men. What would you do with this kitchen to update it, especially if you were on a budget?
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?
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.
I'm the first person to admit to a fair amount of fancy kitchen ogling. (Hello Pinterest.) Of course, these are mere dreams for me, but for many home buyers designer detailing—custom cabinets, high-end appliances, swanky countertops—are an essential part of a decent kitchen, and anything less is a remodel-in-waiting. But designer kitchens weren't always the "necessity" people now claim they are. As The Salt recently put it: when and how did Americans come to expect expensive kitchen trends and technology to show up in even modestly priced homes? Why do we think we need designer kitchens?