kitchen #3: before and after

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Day 3: I've seen my fair share of Kitchen Renovations & I LOVE KITCHEN REMODELS. I am sharing a few of my favorite before and after photos (8 kitchens in all) with ideas on how to bring life back into an outdated kitchen. 
I hope you enjoy!

The makeover plan for this ranch-house kitchen was modest, but it quickly grew. The homeowner just wanted to change the cooktop and reface the cabinets but they ended up ripping the room down to the studs.

Entertaining is easier than ever in this warm, welcoming space, with one hitch: Now the homeowners have to drag people from the kitchen into the dining room. No one wants to leave.

The Details

Backsplash: Black granite tiles 12 inches square are set "on point" to comprise a bold backsplash behind the six-burner cooktop.
Prep sink: A prep sink at the breakfast bar counter comes in handy when both cooks are in the kitchen; the gooseneck faucet with brushed-chrome finish matches the cabinetry hardware.

Countertops: Honed granite in shades of cabernet and saffron flecked with black links the wood tones with the black accents used throughout the room.
Shelving: Display shelves in the base cabinets facing the fireplace help provide a transition from kitchen to eating area.

The Floor Plans
Standard-width openings into the living and dining rooms made the original kitchen and eating area feel closed off from the rest of the house. Widening them enhanced the flow from room to room.via