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Behind the Scenes in 11 Cookbook Authors’ Home Kitchens
Earlier this month we gave you a sneak peek into some of our favorite chef kitchens, and this week we’re giving some of our favorite cookbook authors the same treatment. What’s most impressive to us about so many of these kitchens is that the authors, like Joy the Baker and Anna Watson Carl of The Yellow Table, not only develop their recipes in their home kitchens, but many of them also style and photograph the food for their books right there. Talk about a multitasking space!
Jun 4, 2019
Kitchen Before & After: An Apartment-Sized Kitchen Gets a Quirky Makeover
When Emily and her partner Erica bought their 1900s Greek revival home in Providence, Rhode Island, the house had been divided up into two apartments. Meaning that this small apartment-sized kitchen was in need of a major update. And because they were doing a top-to-bottom renovation to combine the two units into a single-family home, Emily and Erica had to be creative to stay under budget.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Dark 1960s Kitchen Gets a Bright $185 Facelift
We love a good budget remodel, and that’s exactly what Kaitlin and her husband sent us. The newlyweds bought their home about a month after they tied the knot and, like many of our readers, the first project they tackled was the kitchen and the attached breakfast nook. Check out how they took it from dark and drab to bright and clean without spending more than $200. The biggest change to the space is obviously the paint job on the cabinets.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Montreal Kitchen Gets a Major Makeover
Richard and Lili have been living in the second floor apartment of their Montreal duplex for about six months, and one of their biggest projects was tackling a kitchen that was in desperate need of some modern touches. They write that the whole apartment needed some TLC, but that the kitchen called for some smart updates to maximize put the small space to the best use. We definitely think their stellar remodel achieved that goal.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: Open Shelves Are on the Menu in This Kitchen Remodel
Like many new homeowners, the only concern Sarah of Little House Pantry had about her new home, a 1916 bungalow in Seattle, was the kitchen. It had been the victim of a remodel in the 1970s, and wasn’t quite Sarah’s style. A few quick upgrades gave Sarah’s kitchen a fresh new look and feel. While there wasn’t any major renovation — the cabinets are all the same, as are the appliances and the flooring — the kitchen has shed its aura of 1970s remodel.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Fresh Kitchen Renovation for $8000
Jennifer and her family had lived with this kitchen (which she called “horrible!”) for several years before they finally bit the bullet on a remodel. They needed a catalyst to get started, which came in the form of a leaking dishwasher and a failing stove. Because replacing the appliances would require a lot of work anyway, they decided to go for it and replace the green and black faux granite countertops and the linoleum floor that just never seemed to look clean.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A $12,000 Complete Kitchen Makeover
First things first: Dala is a brave soul. When she and her husband were moving to Arizona, she was working on her thesis, and she let her husband purchase a home that she had never seen. Thankfully, her husband has good taste! After living in their home for seven years, they finally decided it was time to update the kitchen into a space that really reflected their style. Goodbye, oak cabinets, white appliances, and gray walls that make everything feel darker than they are.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Tiny Kitchen Gets an Exotic Update
Today’s kitchen remodel comes from the interior design firm, Art of Kitchens, in Australia. Their clients, a semi-retired couple in the town of Avalon, bought a 1950s house that, while perfect for them in many ways, had a kitchen that wasn’t up to par with their love of cooking and entertaining. The kitchen didn’t have great storage, plus it was closed off from the rest of the house, and it was looking a little bit dated.
May 30, 2019
5 Ways to Organize That Dreaded Area Under the Sink
What is it about the area under the sink that makes it so tough to keep organized? Maybe because it’s dark, hard to get to, and contains lots of pipes that you only have to deal with when there’s a problem. Whatever the reason, it generally ends up being a big mess of cleaning supplies, plastic bags, and even the random household essential. (Lightbulbs, anyone?) If you’re looking for a long weekend project, that really won’t take that long.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Builder-Basic Kitchen Goes Glam
We know what you’re thinking: Haven’t we seen this kitchen before? Well, sort of. So many of the kitchen renovations we see here at The Kitchn start with a space that looks like this — white or cream walls, honey-colored cabinets, and bland countertops. Our favorite term for this type of kitchen? Builder-basic. So today’s builder-basic kitchen comes from Jim. He and his wife recently remodeled their kitchen, and now it’s anything but boring. Take a look.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Kitchen Makeover with Stunning DIY Countertops
After living in their house for a little over two years, Amanda, of the blog Simply Maggie, and her husband decided it was time to remodel the kitchen. They’d tried a few stop-gap measures to make the kitchen more to their taste, but it was still in need of a major makeover. Amanda’s plan had always been to keep the cabinets and just paint them, but they had a lingering mustiness that just wouldn’t go away.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Surprise $2,500 Kitchen Remodel
Sometimes a kitchen remodel isn’t in the cards, but the universe has other plans. That’s what happened to Andrew and his wife with their condo kitchen. They discovered there was water damage to the subfloor that had to be fixed, so they used the opportunity to do a budget-friendly remodel and make the kitchen more their style. Take a look at how their surprise $2500 renovation turned out! First things first: they had to replace the flooring.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Hollywood Home Gets a Mediterranean Kitchen
We’re always a little bit torn with kitchens like these in before-and-after posts. For many of us (apartment dwellers especially!) this might look like a dream kitchen. Lots of all-white cabinets, plenty of counter space (albeit butter-yellow tile counters), and a fun checkerboard floor. But that’s the beauty of the kitchen remodel — it’s the homeowner’s chance to get exactly what they want out of their space.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A $2,000 Mostly DIY Kitchen Remodel
Upon purchasing her new home, reader Xan, who writes the blog cirqueduppicadilly, knew one thing for sure — those upper cabinets had to go. Not only were they too low (which cut off a good portion of the counter space), but they made the kitchen feel like a rental. “Superficially, they looked fine, but as soon as you touched them they felt like they might just fall apart,” she wrote. With a small budget in hand, Xan and her husband set out to complete a mostly DIY renovation.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: An Impressive DIY Cabinet Makeover
When we recently spotted this DIY kitchen renovation by Ashley, the blogger behind Cherished Bliss, on Hometalk, we couldn’t believe our eyes. The room underwent a dramatic transformation, thanks to a DIY cabinet upgrade that saved Ashley and her family a lot of money. Take a look at Ashley’s farmhouse kitchen makeover. What an update! We love how bright and cheerful this kitchen is now. And the cabinet makeover is a big part of it.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Beautiful Kitchen Remodel for a Baking Blogger
What’s a baking blogger to do with a kitchen that looks like this? Michelle, the woman behind Hummingbird High, wrote to us about the recently completed gut remodel of her kitchen. After dealing with an outdated space — one that didn’t actually have a proper place for her refrigerator — she finally has a kitchen perfectly tailored to her baking habits. We’re officially ready to call Michelle’s kitchen swoon-worthy.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: Goodbye, Wood-Fired Stove! Hello, Dream Kitchen
One of the first things you might notice about this kitchen is the six-burner wood stove that sits just outside the kitchen in the living/dining area. Needless to say, Kim — who sent us today’s kitchen remodel — didn’t have much occasion to use the wood stove. The rest of the kitchen hadn’t been remodeled since 1988, so it was due for an upgrade as well.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Basic Kitchen Gets a Farmhouse-Style Update
When we came across Taryn’s kitchen on Hometalk, we knew the blogger behind Design, Dining and Diapers had put a lot of thought into her kitchen remodel. The layout was perfectly fine for her family’s needs, but the style didn’t mesh with her design ideas for her home. Take a look to see how Taryn gave her space an upgrade. One of the first things you’ll notice about Taryn’s remodeled kitchen is just how much lighter it looks!
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Tiny Kitchen Lightens up with a $6,000 Remodel
When done right, we love a colorful kitchen. But sometimes having too much color can make a space feel cramped and crowded, like in this kitchen makeover from reader Angie. The peachy-pink walls combined with the floral tile backsplash and honey-colored cabinets make this corner kitchen feel like there’s just too much going on. But Angie’s remodel provides a much more serene cooking space — take a look! What a difference! The first thing Angie did was shop for new appliances.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Granddaughter Remodels Her “Oma’s” Kitchen
When we came across Kristin’s kitchen remodel on Hometalk, not only were we wowed by the transformation of her space, but also by the story of her home. Kristin, who blogs at Yellow Bliss Road, bought her grandmother’s house shortly after her grandmother, whom she called Oma, passed away. She’s now updating the 1950s home to be a modern home for her family. Take a look at her newly remodeled gray-and-white kitchen. Isn’t the result beautiful?
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A 1980s Kitchen Enters the 21st Century
When we came across this kitchen remodel on Home Talk, it instantly felt familiar. Caitlin and her husband knew from the start that they would be renovating their kitchen that was stuck in the 1980s. From the curtains to the cabinets to the vinyl flooring, it was time to bring this kitchen into the 21st century. What a fantastic modern update! First of all, we love that this kitchen incorporates a lot more color than we see in many of our contemporary kitchen remodels.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A $5,600 Complete Kitchen Relocation
The first thing you might notice in the before shot of this kitchen sent to us by June of My Food Odyssey is that this isn’t even a kitchen at all. June and her husband recently bought a house in Lithuania for $10,000, which means they were able to plan some renovations to the space as well.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: An $800 Complete Kitchen Makeover
When we found this kitchen makeover on Hometalk, we recognized elements of it from many of our kitchen makeovers in the past. The honey-colored cabinets, the dark wall paint, and the laminate countertops. All of those attributes fall into the most commonly upgraded list in the majority of our kitchen makeovers. So how did Erica, the homeowner, tackle this kitchen? Take a look! What a difference! It’s amazing what a little paint can do.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A 1950s Kitchen Enters the 21st Century
We’re all for vintage kitchens. They can be beautiful and charming, but they don’t always have everything the modern cook needs. This kitchen hadn’t been touched since it was built in the 1950s, including the 1949 stove and pineapples painted on the cabinets. But the homeowner, Amy, decided it was time for an upgrade. Take a look at the remodel she completed with the help of Inspired Kitchen Design. What a bright new IKEA kitchen!
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Bright $387 Kitchen Makeover
We love a good budget makeover, and this $387 remodel we found on Hometalk is no exception. Catherine and Bryan moved into their home and knew they wanted to update the kitchen, but kept putting it off for fear of just how much it would cost. Luckily they found an inexpensive solution that enabled them to spruce up their kitchen. What a lovely update! It’s amazing what a few cans of paint and some new tile on the backsplash can do.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: After 10 Years This Kitchen Got a DIY Makeover
After 10 years of living in their house, Cristina decided it was time for a change in the kitchen, which she documented on her blog, Remodelando la Casa. An avid DIY-er (with a somewhat reluctant husband), Cristina decided to tackle the upgrade on her own. Her goal was to give the space a fresher, more contemporary look and feel. Mission accomplished! Take a look at Cristina’s kitchen now. Can you believe this was all DIY?
May 30, 2019
Before & After: An 1840s Kitchen Gets a $640 Makeover
Amy and her family moved into their 1840 colonial last summer, and it had some issues. As Amy writes on Hometalk, “Clearly the previous owner was going for a Tuscan-type look — apple green glazed cabinets, school bus yellow sponge painted walls, and a wood countertop that had been neglected for years.” Luckily, with some paint, a new light fixture, and new countertops, Amy was able to completely transform her kitchen. Look at that!
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Navy & Gold Kitchen Gets a Contemporary Update
Danielle and her husband recently purchased a farm house that has been in Danielle’s family for years. One of the first things Danielle, who writes the blog The Creative Bite, wanted to update was the navy and gold 1970s kitchen that her grandmother designed. The couple needed a more contemporary space, and one that felt more connected to the rest of their home. We think they nailed it. Take a look! What an upgrade!
May 30, 2019
Before & After: Goodbye, Crazy Cabinets! Hello, Dream Kitchen
Today’s kitchen remodel comes to us from Joel. After moving into their new home, Joel and his wife immediately knew they wanted to redo the kitchen. While it had plenty of space, it didn’t fit the layout they wanted. Plus, it was too dark with too much laminate and some funky cabinet doors. Because Joel had worked on other remodeling projects in previous homes, he decided to take on the bulk of the work himself. Take a look at what Joel’s kitchen looks like now.
May 30, 2019
Normann Copenhagen’s Wall Pockets Are the Easiest Way to Add Storage to a Small Kitchen
Even though my kitchen When you’re dealing with a small kitchen (or any small room, really) thinking tall can really expand your space. That’s why we’re excited about these new wall pockets from Normann Copenhagen. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can organize in these plastic pockets. The smaller sizes are perfect for utensils you use often, or even small spice jars.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Condo Kitchen Gets an Era-Appropriate Makeover
Petra and her husband, Patrick, bought their condo in 2012, knowing they had their work cut out for them. The kitchen in particular needed a major update. The couple knew they wanted to stay true to maintain the light in their top-floor condo without disrupting the character of the 1920s home. Take a look at what their condo kitchen looks like now. This kitchen might be in the running for our most-improved list of 2015.
May 30, 2019
6 Smart Ways to Make Use of Your Cabinet Doors
When you live in a small space, you have to get creative. One of the most underused spaces in our kitchens might be the insides of our cabinet doors. There are any number of ways to put that space to use — from organizing pot lids to keeping your plastic wrap under control. Here are six ways to make the most of your newfound space. Measuring Cups – My So-Called Home: Keep your measuring cups and spoons from banging against your cabinet door by adding a layer of cork.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Dark Kitchen Gets a Family-Friendly Makeover
When reader Marina and her family moved into their home five years ago, she always knew she wanted to redo the kitchen. As you can see in the photo above, the kitchen was very dark, and even though the cabinets were painted a light color, they seemed heavy. Plus, as a mom of young children, Marina wanted to have the kitchen open to the family room so she could cook while still keeping an eye on her kids. Take a look a Marina’s kitchen now — it took a turn for the lighter!
May 30, 2019
Why Carpet Tiles Are the Right Rug for the Dining Room
We love the look of a rug under the dining room table. If you have a dedicated dining room, it can make the room feel finished and well-designed. If you are carving a dining space out of a larger open-plan home or apartment, a rug can help the dining area feel more distinct. But rugs can be expensive, and the occasional spill is inevitable, which is exactly why we’re in favor of using carpet tiles in the dining room instead.
May 30, 2019
8 Ingenious Organizing Ideas for Corner Cabinets
Corner cabinets have to be one of the trickiest areas in a kitchen to figure out. They generally end up having a lot of space, but they aren’t very easy to access since the opening is narrow and the cabinet is deep. Luckily, there are a whole host of solutions that can help you make the corner cabinet easy to access and organize. Here are eight of our favorites.
May 30, 2019
Go to New Heights with These 7 Bar-Height Dining Tables
Whether it makes extra counter space in your kitchen or acts as a room divider in a loft space, there are plenty of reasons to choose a bar height or pub table for your dining table. Here are seven of our favorite ways to use a taller table in your home. Expanding Table with Red Stools – Rad Design: This smart dining table saves space by folding into a console table when not in use. Plus, the red stools work equally well at the kitchen counter or the table.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Kitchen Stuck in the 1980s Gets a Modern Update
When shopping for a new home, Laura and Jason had a hard time finding one they loved, so instead they looked for a home that had good bones and the potential for a full renovation. When they found the home they ended up purchasing, they knew the kitchen would be the first thing they wanted to update. Their kitchen before the remodel was hopelessly stuck in the eighties with outdated light fixtures, warm brown cabinets, mauve countertops, and a particularly dated linoleum floor.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: An Eichler Kitchen Gets an Era-Appropriate Remodel
When Karen and John moved into an Eichler home (a mid-century modern home in California built by real estate developer Joseph Eichler), they found a kitchen that had been overlaid with more traditional architecture instead of maintaining the mid-century look. Karen and John set out to update the kitchen and restore it to a more era-appropriate style. Take a look at how it turned out. Now that looks more like it!
May 30, 2019
5 Enlightened Ways to Use Table Lamps in the Kitchen
Sometimes overhead lighting just isn’t enough in your kitchen. If that’s the case, you’ll probably consider task lighting, spotlights, or another hardwired solution. Unless, of course, you’re a renter — then you’re stuck with whatever extra light you can work into your space. We love the look of table lamps in the kitchen.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: 1902 Victorian Gets a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
When Christina, of the blog Christina’s Adventures, wrote in to us about her kitchen remodel in a 1902 Victorian home, she called the before kitchen a “pit of despair.” While it might not be quite that desperate, we do agree it was in need of a serious makeover. Fortunately, Christina and her husband are old pros at kitchen remodels after completing their first remodel in 2014. Take a look at how the kitchen looks now.
May 30, 2019
5 Lessons We Can Learn from This Minimalist Kitchen
When we came across this kitchen, we were immediately drawn in by the elegant simplicity of it. The cool blue of the cabinets combined with the natural wood and copper create a welcoming look that is still very serene. And we’re going to guess this room would pass the KonMari test with flying colors; the minimal aesthetic means everything is deliberate and has a designated space.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Vintage Stove Spurs an Entire Kitchen Remodel
When Terri first bought her 1950s-era home, this is what her kitchen looked like. Thanks to a remodel in the 1970s by the previous owner, the kitchen felt out of place with the rest of the house. Terri’s number-one priority for her remodel was to be able to include her vintage Kelvinator oven she found on Craigslist, but she also wanted to have a kitchen that had plenty of modern conveniences. Terri worked with Inspired Kitchen Design to complete the remodel.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A $1,500 Kitchen Makeover
While this “before” kitchen we came across on Hometalk definitely has a few things going for it — ample counter space, decent natural light — we can understand why Suesan of Frou Frugal wanted to give it an update. The cabinets, while plentiful, have that builder basic look, and the mishmash of green tones and textures makes the kitchen feel dated. After a long remodel, Suesan finally finished her kitchen. Take a look! Doesn’t it look great?
May 30, 2019
Before & After: First-Time Home Buyers Give Their Kitchen a Facelift
Rachel and her husband were so excited to become first-time home buyers, but they were less excited about the state of the kitchen in their new home. While the layout was perfectly functional and provided ample counter and cabinet space, the color scheme and style weren’t to their taste. But they were able to give it a budget-friendly facelift that made it feel like a brand-new space. Here’s Rachel’s kitchen now.
May 30, 2019
5 Things We Can Learn from This Contemporary Country Kitchen
We share a lot of modern and contemporary-styled kitchens here on The Kitchn, but we don’t want to give more traditionally styled kitchens, like this one, short shrift either. We love the bright simplicity of this country-style kitchen, and no matter where your interior design preferences land, you can learn a thing or two from this beautiful space. Whether you love or hate subway tile, we can all appreciate fresh ideas in this classic material.
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Budget Kitchen Remodel with Vintage Touches
After buying a brownstone in Brooklyn, the owners knew they needed to upgrade the kitchen — stat. Not only was the design outdated, but the cabinets, floors, and appliances were all a little worse for the wear. They hired Jane Rosenbaum of Jane Interiors to help reimagine their kitchen — on a budget (they did just buy real estate in Brooklyn, after all). Luckily, the after looks anything but budget. Isn’t it a stunning upgrade?
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Bright Blue Kitchen Gets a $900 Makeover
What do you do when you love the color blue, but your blue kitchen is all wrong? You do exactly what reader Timisha did — you remodel your kitchen and turn it into the kind of blue oasis you want instead of the 1980s disaster it was. Timisha writes the blog Toolbox Divas, and knew she needed to give her kitchen a makeover, but only had a limited budget to turn it into a room she’d love cooking in. Take a look at what she was able to accomplish for just $900. Bravo, Timisha!
May 30, 2019
Before & After: A Dark Kitchen Gets a $340 Makeover
We love a cheap makeover — especially when it turns out as wonderfully as this one did. We couldn’t believe that the total remodel cost less than $400. It’s further proof that you can save a lot by doing it all yourself. Take a look at the kitchen now! Doesn’t it look great? We love how fresh and spacious it looks, and we never would have guessed that it cost so little. But even more impressive might be that they did the whole remodel in just two weeks.
May 30, 2019