Kitchen Before & After: A Dark, Dated Kitchen Gets a Fresh Start

Kitchen Remodel

After buying a new home last fall, Hana of The Mom Tog Diaries knew immediately that the first project had to be renovating the kitchen. "The house had great bones, but it was dark and dated," she writes on her blog. "We actually called it the granny house because that's what it looked like."

There's nothing dark, dated, or granny-ish about it anymore. Check out the update.

Would you believe it's the same kitchen? A few things actually stayed the same. Most of the cabinets remained since they were in good shape. To lighten up the space they just got a fresh coat of white paint.

The L-shaped counter was removed and replaced by a 9-foot kitchen island complete with storage and bar stools. Similar to her previous remodel, Hana used a light turquoise blue for the island counter, which is repeated in accents throughout the kitchen.

It's amazing just how much brighter and more open the kitchen seems after the renovation. We especially like the contrast of the dark floors with the white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

Finally, because this was Hana's second kitchen remodel, she knew which details were important to her. Case in point: this under-cabinet cookbook holder that helps keep counter clutter to a minimum when cooking.

Read More A New Year, A New Home! Kitchen Remodel: Before & After at The Mom Tog Diaries

Thanks for letting us share your remodel, Hana!

(Image credits: The Mom Tog Diaries)