The 5 Most Popular Kitchen Makeovers on Apartment Therapy

updated Jun 10, 2019
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A black kitchen with a freestanding kitchen island that serves as a pantry/appliance storage
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Our sister site, Apartment Therapy, boasts more than its fair share of gorgeous, quirky, and otherwise inspiring House Tours — but what we really love to see are the kitchen makeovers! From hard-to-believe-it’s-only-paint jobs, to full-on renovations, to the tricks homeowners use to make their old space work for their needs (and within their budgets), we’re always inspired by these stylish and savvy homeowners.

Here are the five most popular kitchen makeovers on Apartment Therapy for your viewing pleasure.

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1. A $300 Rental Makeover

With approval from the renter’s landlord, Apartment Therapy got to work in this tiny kitchen with an even smaller budget. The team painted the cabinets, lowered the cabinet trim, added a checkerboard floor, hung some temporary wallpaper, and slid in a few other accents. Readers can’t get enough of this makeover! To be honest, we can’t either.

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2. A $2,500 Cabinet Remodel

We will almost always support replacing laminate honey-colored cabinets with something more stylish. Here, cabinets got replaced or ripped out entirely. There’s also brand-new appliances, light fixtures, countertops, and more. Two things that readers seem to love: that bold teal wall and the live-edge table.

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3. A Total Overhaul

The before shots of this kitchen aren’t terribly offensive … they’re just not interesting. And the space wasn’t all that functional. The homeowners used a contractor to make big, dramatic changes and the new space barely even resembles the old one.

See more: Before & After: A Park Slope Kitchen Looks Up at Apartment Therapy

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4. A $200 Rental Makeover

This makeover is both oh-so-subtle and yet a huge improvement. The renter simply painted the cabinets, installed a faux backsplash, added an island, and tossed in a few accessories.

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5. A Gut Renovation

To call the before a “sad Brooklyn kitchen” is actually being very, very nice. This kitchen was totally unusable. Now? After a gut renovation, the kitchen is bright (even without windows), stylish, and more functional than the owners could have even imagined.

Which one is your favorite?