An Unnecesarily Necessary Kitchen Makeover

by DIY Maven
Condo kitchen before
Photo: Love & Olive Oil

When a larger unit became available in their condo complex, Lindsay and Taylor couldn't pass it up. But there was only one problem: The kitchen in the new space looked very much like the kitchen in their old space. Now, many people might find the "before" in this makeover perfectly acceptable, but the couple wanted to start afresh. Plus, they were very familiar with the shortcomings of this particular kitchen...

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Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The bones of this kitchen were really great. The kitchen is open to the living room, and just off the living room is a huge deck and beautiful backyard. The kitchen cabinets were not only in great condition but very custom. The only problem was the kitchen was a little outdated.    

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The kitchen cabinets were painted grey. The appliances were updated, and the laminate countertops updated to concrete. Finally, the entire space got new floors. I know people have conflicting views on painted wood cabinets, but I think it can go either way if done well. To me, it all depends on what you want to do with the entire space. So this was the plan...

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The plan was to match the original home's floors. The home is an older home, built in the 1920s. The space you see is an addition. The original living room is the space you see off to the left of the photo. The homeowner wanted to renovate the home based on the original finishes. She also wanted the floors to match the original hardwood in the old living room. This meant the cherry wood was not going to work. The expense of replacing these cabinets way to high, so the plan was to keep them and paint them.  

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

One simple solution to update this kitchen was to extend the bar top. The bar top was not usable as a seating area because the countertop did not extend off the top. The home owner is one who hosts her family and friends often, so she needed a place for people to sit and eat. Simply extending the bar top added room for four chairs.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

We searched high and low for a stainless steel refrigerator to fit in the place. The problem was the black refrigerator was very custom and practically brand new. The homeowner also loved the function of this fridge. Since the style of refrigerator was looking to be a very pricey replacement we decided to keep it so the homeowner could use the money on a new backsplash and countertops.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The microwave over the range was extremely low. So low, that if you put a large pot on the stove you wouldn't be able to stir or pour things into the pot. This was a tricky fix because we couldn't lose the upper cabinet due to how the cabinets were installed.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

Our solution was switching out the microwave for an under the cabinet hood. Finding a shorter "under cabinet hood" was a little harder than expected. The search was worth it because now there is plenty of space for stirring and cooking. We purchased a cabinet depth microwave and placed it in an open upper cabinet on the other side of the fridge. Many people don't know that upper cabinet depth microwaves are an option. They are smaller, but if you only use your microwave for warming, then it could work for you.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The subway tile backsplash with light gray grout brightened the space up. I love how the homeowner hangs her adorable measuring cups on the backsplash with 3m hooks. The bronze cabinet knobs with patina are from Anthropologie.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The countertops were made and installed by a local company that specializes in concrete countertops.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The countertops are unique and give the space character. If you love the look of the concrete countertops just know that over time the concrete will patina a little. It is a countertop for those who love the look of "used" imperfections.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The white tile floor was replace with a wood floor installed at an angle. This wood floor matches the color of original hardwoods in the old living room. 

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

Keeping existing kitchen cabinets sometimes can be tricky in a kitchen renovation but it opened up the budget to transform the entire space.

If you love a good before and after makeover check out these makeovers here on Curbly.

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Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover

by Faith Provencher
Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Twelve On Main

This laundry room looks like most do - functional and not so pretty. But just wait until you see the space after its makeover... it looks so nice, you'd actually look forward to doing a load of wash. Keep reading to check out the incredible transformation.   

 

Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Twelve On Main

So much better, right?! The tiling and new work surface were the biggest changes, while the rest were mostly cosmetic. Make...

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Roundup: 8 Unbelievable Dorm Room Makeovers

by DIY Maven

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It's almost time. Back to school, or college as the case may be. You can tell by the scent of #2 pencils in the air and Bed Bath & Beyond ads for dorm room doo-dads. It's no wonder BB & B and Target and such push dorm room decor this time of year. Back in 2012, the National Retail Federation estimated that dorm room

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