Kitchn reader Jim's 1970s kitchen was due for an overhaul — something that, as he told us, would "bring [it] into this decade." So with a budget of under $10,000, Jim set out to give his kitchen a contemporary new look:
When we saw photos of Kitchn reader Sarah Galender Meyer's Bay Area kitchen renovation, we were stunned! This small, dark 1970s kitchen ("horrid," as Sarah said) underwent a complete gut remodel, which included knocking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room and adding French doors to bring in more light. See what the kitchen looks like now:
Kitchn reader Erin recently completed a cosmetic overhaul of her 1970s kitchen, and she was kind enough to share her project with us. The original kitchen, as seen above, was "not a functional or warm space to work in," says Erin. But unlike a lot of kitchen projects, Erin didn't gut the space. Instead she made "every possible cosmetic change [she] could" all while staying within the room's existing dimensions, and within her budget! See the transformation below:
I'm sure someone somewhere has an intelligent, sobering thesis on why we as a culture are so drawn to makeovers (something about dissatisfaction, a need for transformation, etc), but that's not what I'm going to talk about today. No, today I will just say this: these 20 kitchens were once lost, and now they're found. And it remains just as thrilling to click through and see the 'after' photo as it ever was, if for no other reason than you know you're curious! So go on. Take a look.
We adored this kitchen when we first saw it, what with its impeccable details and sleek yet traditional design. Love the look? Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. Fill in the blanks in the comments!
A Stately Traditional Kitchen
Architect: Hollywood Sierra Kitchens Cabinets: ______________ Cabinet Hardware: Chrome latch hardware from Hollywood Sierra Kitchens. All other hardware from Restoration Hardware. Countertops: Caesarstone Dishwasher: Viking Faucets: ______________ Flooring: ______________ Lighting: Vintage pendant lights from Cisco Home Paint – Cabinets: ______________ Paint – Walls & Ceiling: ______________ Range: Viking Refrigerator: Viking Sink: Mitrani Apron Sink Tile: Waterworks ceramic tile backsplash
If you've ever wondered whether the super-styled kitchens in IKEA's annual catalog could actually work in a home like your own, wonder no more: here are 20 real-life examples of IKEA kitchens, as seen in reader homes published on Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn.
Our readers are pretty crazy about IKEA kitchens, and we think the hype is justified. From sleek all-white cabinets in a Birmingham loft to warm wood veneer in a classic Eichler home, these spaces prove that IKEA's budget-friendly kitchens can work in just about any space. Read on to see all 20 — each of them a visual reason why we think an IKEA kitchen can be a smart, personalized choice.
In 2009 Kitchn reader Debbie and her husband bought a classic 1920s Chicago bungalow in a short sale from someone who'd been unable to flip it due to the recent housing crash. When the owner couldn't sell the place for what he was asking, "he ripped out everything in the kitchen and just slapped stuff on the walls, including cheap cabinets that were literally attached to the walls with a few screws," Debbie tells us.
Now Debbie has renovated the kitchen, and added details to give it a turn-of-the-century vibe:
When Kitchn reader Deepthi and her husband bought their 1966 Bay Area home two years ago, they knew a kitchen renovation would be their top priority. As purchased, the kitchen had limited cabinet and counter space, old appliances, and no dishwasher! But with the help of a kitchen designer, the couple now has a sleek new space:
This classy, all-white kitchen feels so glamorous, with luxe details like marble countertops and sparkling chandeliers. Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. If you recognize other elements, please fill in the blanks in the comments! See another photo below:
Susan's kitchen was in bad shape: "Every surface was starting to break down," she wrote to us, like "loose light fixtures, slipping wallpaper, places where the vinyl floor was shrinking away from the walls, scarred Formica, and badly battered doors on the lower cabinets." So with her house fully paid off and a home equity line sitting unused, she and her husband jumped into a renovation. Check out her kitchen now, and a detailed look at what she did and how much it cost!