Kitchen Before & After: Dark & Dull to Light & Delicious

This Old House

This is one of the yummiest kitchen renovations we've seen in a while. Take a look at the startling transformation!

Quite a difference, right? So much brighter!

This 1920s Seattle kitchen started out dark, dreary, and dated. The homeowners have three pre-teens and a a busy lifestyle, and they wanted a bigger, more open kitchen. So they knocked out a wall and enclosed a back porch to enlarge the space. The whole family helped hang cabinets and do other parts of the work.

The new proportions still fit the old house and the vintage details make it feel like it belongs. In fact, some of the homeowners' friends thought this version of the kitchen came with the house!

We especially love the floor-to-ceiling cabinets, the wavy old-fashioned glass fronts, and the built-in hutch. Delicious!

See more: A Handsome Kitchen That Handles Hard Knocks, including floor plans, at This Old House

Related: Julie's Cozy & Vibrant Vintage Kitchen

(Images: John Granen/This Old House)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.