Before & After: A Dated Kitchen Gets an Update

updated May 30, 2019
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When we first came across Debbie’s kitchen, we thought it looked pretty good for a before kitchen. Yes, the border at the top and the diamond tile backsplash felt a little dated, but there was plenty of counter and cabinet space, and the double oven was an excellent detail.

But once we saw the renovation (and learned that Debbie’s husband kept accidentally bumping his head into the vent), we realized just what a good idea this remodel was.

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Talk about a kitchen shuffle! Not only did Debbie and her husband replace the island counter with one that better suited their needs, but they also rearranged the other appliances in the kitchen. Take a look at the before kitchen again from a different angle.

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See where the fridge was before? By moving it to where the ovens were, and moving the ovens over to the other end of the counter, they set up a better flow of space in their kitchen.

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You can see from this angle that they turned the space where the fridge had been into a coffee station — an essential for most modern kitchens — and were able to fit a bigger refrigerator in the space than the one they had before.

Aside from the rearranging, they also made a lot of cosmetic changes. They replaced the tile floors with hardwood, and leveled off the island counter so they have more cooking and eating space. Plus, instead of having an entirely white kitchen, they decided to go for a warmer, more homey feel with the reddish-orange paint and darker cabinets. All great improvements in our book.

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