Before and After: Good to Great Kitchen Makeover

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 08, 2012

created at: 11/08/2012

I don't know about you, but if I walked into this kitchen, I would assume I was looking at the after. Everything looks good already. There is lots of light, nice cabinets and appliances; but this was only the beginning.   

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Norwegian blogger, Nina Holst, has taken her kitchen from good to great on a budget and the whole process is documented on her blog Stylizimo.

created at: 11/08/2012

In the 'during' phase, you'll notice that the floors have been changed out, which I think makes a big difference, actually. The room feels even more open and bright, without the dark vinyl tile. The floor that you are seeing in this phase is a white, vinyl coating.

Now for the after...

created at: 11/08/2012

This latest makeover from Nina is more of a transformation. The cabinets, pulls, and countertops are completely different, the flooring has been updated once again, and the appliances have been camouflaged behind built-ins. Another beautiful look.

What do you think? Which version of this kitchen is your favorite - the before, during, or after?

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OMG!  I have to agree with everyone else - thought it looked nicer to start with.  I loved the cabinets - they were so modern and gorgeous!  I can't believe she painted over them!  Yes, the floors are nicer, but I am shaking my head with almost everyone else here on what she was thinking.... I guess that's why everyone is different and everyone has different taste.  She has to live there, so I guess as long as she is happy with it, that's all that matters in the end. 

If you were to replace the backslash on the "after" with something more interesting/colorful/textural/luscious it would look great. But that backsplash with the white cabinets looks like a quick rental turnaround or something. It doesn't look special like "during" does, it looks cheap.

The before. The wood cabinets and tile give the kitchen a warm, inviting feel. All white? Cold, institutional, and a pain to keep clean. Especially if you cook curry at least weekly.

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Oh my god, no!!! The kitchen was beautiful before and during, what did she do???? Shakes head, cries a little.

This is a Kitchen make over done on a small budget this is a minimalist approach to a small space, this gives a feeling of light and airyness.

Hey, lets reno a nice looking kitchen and make it look like a cheap rental! Yea! I love wasting time and money!  

'During' looked great! What a bummer.

"During" was awesome. Should have left it there. Bummer.

I'm with you, Andy. Cabinets don't ALWAYS have to be white. She should have stopped at the during. The after is so sterile and boring.

I love the end product best.  And I'm curious what the counter top material is in the final version?

I like the during floor, but the before is beautiful and the after is pretty nondescript. Off to pin the before...

The "during" is my fave!

I think it looks worse after....this all white thing is a fad that is going to go away sooner than later. It had nice contrast earlier with the wood.....aaah why do people do this to their kitchens??

I actually like the "during" best. I was a little sad when I saw the after. It's beautiful in all three stages, though.

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