kitchen #6: before and after

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Day 6: 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sharing a few of my favorite before and after photos (8 kitchens in all) with ideas on how to bring life back into an outdated kitchen.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!


At first glance, the intense blue tile, garish carpet, and prominently grained cabinets are the main offenders in this kitchen ... but the real problem was an inefficient layout that also squandered a fantastic view.


The homeowner and mother of three active boys is a family cook and she wanted a kitchen that works every day. White appliances, birch cabinetry, and granite countertops are in sync with that spirit. What’s everyone's favorite spot in this kitchen now? The banquette, where -- for now, at least -- this family of five can eat together.

The Details –

Countertops: A butcher-block counter between the prep sink and range lets the homeowner wash, chop, and cook without ever dripping on the floor. Tumbled-marble tiles make up the backsplash; resin receptacle covers to match cost much less than marble ones.

Cabinets: Thirty-inch-deep cabinetry gives the standard refrigerator the appearance of a built-in. Partial-overlay doors on face-frame cabinets sport beaded board panels and satin nickel pulls and knobs.

The Floor Plans

Cut off from the living room by a wall and cabinets, the original kitchen was closed in and congested, whereas the adjacent eating area had space to spare. Removing a wall, gutting the kitchen, and relocating the dining area made way for an island, banquette, and hutch. via