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.
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.
See more: $300 Later, This Rental Kitchen Is No Longer Recognizable at Apartment Therapy
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.
See more: Before & After: Kitchen Goes From Grossness to Gorgeous for $2500 at Apartment Therapy
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
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.
See more: Before & After: A Teeny Kitchen is Transformed on a Tiny Budget at Apartment Therapy
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.
See more: Before & After: New Life for a Sad Brooklyn Kitchen at Apartment Therapy
Which one is your favorite?