24 Dramatic Kitchen Makeovers

We asked you to show us your kitchen remodels, and the outcomes — out of Edwardians to cottages in India and renovations — have been in. All these users wanted a few critical kitchen makeovers, and if they did all the work themselves got a little help along the way, their investments paid in updated spaces that reflect their lifestyle and fashion.

Get motivated to tackle your kitchen remodel with ideas and inspiration out of 24 kitchen transformations out of your fellow ers.

1. Beautiful and Efficient California Remodel

AFTER: user clairedial bought this 1950s house two years ago and remodeled the kitchen right away. Produced by her husband and a friend having a diploma in interior design, the new area is outfitted with each of their must-haves and much more. “We love everything about our remodel,” she states.

New kitchen size:14 by 28 feet
Budget: $65,000. Produced by her husband and a friend who studied interior layout.
Location: Modesto, California

2. Elegant Update in California

user mwillis42 built her home in 1990, when flats were frequently black, white and contemporary. About five years ago, she grew sick of it decided to upgrade the countertops with granite. Of course, the appetite for new cabinetry soon followed, but since she’d placed in new countertops (and did not really feel like ripping them out), she found a painter who painted the old cabinetry in a dark cherry color — a much less costly option to refacing.

New kitchen size:roughly 20 by 30 feet
Budget: $17,000. Updates were done by the owners with time.
Location: El Centro, California

3. Colorful Washington Update

Colorgal gave a bloated and dark 1970s ranch a facelift with painted cabinetry, a high ceiling and replacements such as unflattering fluorescent light. Stainless Steel appliances, new hardware and splashes of green added color to the cool palette, using wicker accent lighting for extra warmth.

New kitchen size:10 by 10 feet
Budget: $15,000, such as eat-in nook. The homeowners did their own layout.
Location: Kelso, Washington

4. Modern Texas Kitchen

user morelights and her husband changed this previously outdated and sunflower-covered kitchen into the modern space she wanted. Glossy black paint covers the oak cabinets granite covers the counter and the island. A gentle blue-gray was chosen for the walls and the island, and a flat slate backsplash and stainless steel accents gave the room a sleek touch.

New kitchen size:14 by 16 feet
Budget: $17,000. The homeowners designed the kitchen and did the job.
Location: Midland, Texas

5. Sweet Massachusetts Lakeside Kitchen

“We did not intend for the home to be a entire gut occupation, but it quickly became one,” states user alilly. The moment the preparation began, it became apparent that they would need to start from scratch.

The kitchen has been completely redesigned with quartz counters, a butcher block island and Kraftmade closets. Best of all, the island has been reoriented to confront the beautiful lakeside view outside.

New kitchen size:8 by 11 feet
Budget: The kitchen has been a part of a full home remodel. The owners came up with the layout, and a builder did the CAD drawings.
Location: Otis, Massachusetts

6. Sleek and Modern in Canada

This condominium was constructed in 1981 and hadn’t been remodeled until user annabauer chose to take it on. Green wall-to-wall cherry and carpeting blossom subway tile floors were torn up and replaced with sleek hardwood. The very small kitchen, limited by a serve-through countertops, was opened by removing the walls so it tied in with the dining and family rooms.

New kitchen size:9 by 13 feet
Budget: $30,000. A fantastic buddy, Samantha Sacks, did the layout.
Location: Toronto

7. Green and White Remodel in India

This kitchen in a small Indian village wasn’t much to speak of initially — the 40-year-old home was rather dilapidated. user srivatsan24 designed the new space himself, focusing on a clean, easy and efficient layout. A local carpenter helped him apply the new look.

New kitchen size: 10 by 12 feet
Budget: Around $4,000. The proprietor did the layout and hired a carpenter to do the woodwork.
Location: Pondicherry, India

8. Broad and Open Utah Layout

Built in 1980, shoyal’s new home happened to be the house her husband had grown up in — sadly, it had never been updated. With the help of a great cabinetmaker, they redesigned the distance to be more open and flow easily. A corner wall has been removed, and a French door has been inserted for more mild and outside access.

New kitchen size: 575 square feet
Budget: $40,000. The owners did the design.
Location: Orem, Utah

9. Major Massachusetts Remodel

Bonmio’s original kitchen has been unbelievably outdated, to say the very least. There were not any built-in closets in this area — only a dual 4-foot standing sink in a back pantry and a random freestanding hutch. Everything required to be redone, so she installed Ikea countertops that she sanded and stained. The appliances were where she ended up splurging, and she installed easy open plywood shelving for extra storage.

New kitchen size:21 by 7 feet
Budget: $18,000. An architect checked the owners’ layout. They hired a plasterer and a plumber but did everything else.
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

10. Tennessee Ranch Kitchen

Although she had been intent on renovating the flat attached to her stable, user prtiris understood she needed to work on a tight budget. Buying salvaged cabinetry and reusing and replacing virtually everything in the original space helped her save some serious cash. Some of the flat’s original cabinetry was used to rebuild and build the island. Leftover poplar planks from the ceiling were painted, waxed, stained and nailed on top of their older cabinetry.

New kitchen size:11 by 12 feet
Budget: This DIY kitchen cost $5,000.
Location: Wild Heart Ranch, Sewanee, Tennessee

11. Simple and Clean New York Space

user bpharber wanted a conventional look for her 1950s house, using a clean, contemporary feel. Since she’d lived in her home for eight years and understood its quirks indoors and outside, she decided against hiring a designer and instead worked with a buddy who made cabinetry. The smart cabinet designs gave her room and extra storage without any interior walls being transferred.

New kitchen size: 120 square feet
Budget: $25,000. She did the layout herself gave the drawings to a buddy who owns a custom cabinetry firm.
Location: Buffalo, New York

12. Cozy South Carolina Kitchen

After their refrigerator leaked and destroyed their heart-pine floors, Christie Thomas understood it was time for a remodel. It’s about 90 percent completed right now — and precisely what she wanted. “I had no idea how difficult some of the decision making would be,” she states. “I have an appreciation for designers today and can surely see why folks hire them!”

New kitchen size:18 by 21 feet
Budget: $62,000. Thomas did the layout; her husband awakened the kitchen and did the painting. They worked with a cabinetmaker and a builder.
Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina

13. Midcentury California Bungalow

This 1945 California bungalow’s kitchen was originally closed off from the rest of the home, with small counter space and virtually no storage. Ten years after moving in, user dragonfly95354 was able to remodel it. Opening up the wall into the living space, replacing counter area and updating cabinetry created to get an outstanding transformation. ” this room makes me happy every time I walk into it,” she states.

New kitchen size:10 by 17 feet
Budget: $40,000. A builder did the remodel.
Location: Modesto, California

14. 1907 San Francisco Kitchen

Initially, this 1907 kitchen had an exposed water heater and plumbing, so sharonsf needed a tankless water heater set out to eliminate unsightliness and add square footage. The kitchen’s original stove was kept, and the rest of the kitchen has been completed around it.

New kitchen size:11 by 11 feet
Budget: $20,000 over several years with the Support of a builder
Location: San Francisco

15. Beautiful British Columbia Kitchen

This midcentury kitchen had good character but just wasn’t practical for h2bourne’s lifestyle. The initial cabinets were so reduced that microwaves and other appliances could not be set on the counter tops. New upper chimney, quartz countertops and a new wall shade made a major difference. The oak laminate floors were ripped up to expose the original hardwood floors beneath.

New kitchen size:11 by 12 1/2 feet
Budget: Canadian $15,000. Their update was designed by the owners .
Location: Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

16. Cabinet Facelift in Virginia

This consumer’s original “stick built” custom chimney match the previous style of her 1960s ranch, but she was searching for something somewhat different. To save money, immaggiemae salvaged cabinets once possible by repainting them and incorporating new hardware, setting the money she saved into new appliances and light. She scored a free stove in the kind neighbor.

New kitchen size:13 by 10 feet
Budget: $20,000, working with a builder
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia

17. Modern Layout in the U.K.

Initially, tanyae23’s 1935 cottage kitchen was pine, using a washer/dryer, a display cabinet and an awkward half fridge taking up precious space. This section has been knocked down to put more cabinets, a full fridge and a breakfast bar — all while switching up the style to a compact and contemporary look.

New kitchen size: 3.75 by 3.3 meters
Budget: 10,000 British pounds. She did her own design.
Location: Fleet, Hampshire, U.K.

18. Antique Ohio Remodel

Although the bones of her 1920 home were great, user julia1362 needed a kitchen upgrade. But she wanted it to seem and feel like it had always been there. The cabinetry has been custom made to match the house’s authentic pantry doors, the poplar countertop was refinished and the pantry cabinets were painted a charcoal gray. New green glass tiles also wallpapered accents finish the look. “We mixed the old with the new and are thrilled with the results,” she states.

New kitchen size: 9 1/2 x 14 1/2 feet
Budget: $50,000. She designed the remodel with the help of a friend who’s an interior designer.
Location: Shaker Heights, Ohio

19. Open and Bright in Manitoba

Leslie Kreger purchased this 1968 two-story house in summer 2011 and immediately knew she would have to upgrade the 1990s oak and black granite kitchen. In eight months she reworked the room into a bright and spacious contemporary kitchen.

New kitchen size:12 by 17 feet
Budget: Under $40,000. Kreger designed her own upgrade.
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

20. Vintage and Clean Cape Cod in Georgia

This Cape Cod was stuck using its 1980s kitchen, also lizwparks wished to take it in the 21st century. Everything was updated, including new granite countertops and a layout that more than doubled the original storage and counter space. The island has been even outfitted with a concealed docking station for digital gadgets.

New kitchen size:16 by 18 feet
Budget: $40,000. She worked with two painters, Angel Murr of JMT Builders and Terry Crockford of Rosewood Custom Homes.
Location: Milton, Georgia

21. Broad California Remodel

“We purchased this home with all the vision of what could be,” states user Pam Garcia. Her old kitchen was small and dark, but she and her husband removed the wall so the new area had a very clear view to the backyard. Reconfiguring the layout allowed them to snag a few unused space from one of their garages to make a walk-in pantry with a wine room in the end.

New kitchen size: 13 by 20 ft)
Budget: The kitchen has been a part of a home made remodel. The owners listened to their own contractor and got assistance from friends in the business.
Location: Novato, California

22. Gorgeous DIY Chicago Kitchen

Paulinas bought her first home with her fiancé this past year and renovated it with her dad — saving a great deal of money. The kitchen layout is her own and makes use of every inch of room. The cabinetry was created by her dad, a self-taught woodworker. The couple also got convenient and made the chandelier to the dining room themselves.

New kitchen size: 13 by 9 1/2 feet
Budget: A little over $5,000. Paulinas designed her kitchen with her dad and fiancé
Location: Suburb northwest of Chicago

23. Pretty and Practical Upgrade in Illinois

Stlouisgaltoo moved into this 1930s farmhouse a decade ago and could not stand the kitchen’s outdated style. Stuck with a tight budget, she aimed for functionality and installed inventory walnut cabinets, white appliances, laminate counters and wood-style sheet vinyl for simple cleanup.

New kitchen size:12 by 15 feet
Budget: $12,500. She worked with a Home Depot designer and had everything professionally installed except for the cabinets, which her husband worked.
Location: Lincoln, Illinois

24. Frumpy to Contemporary in Washington

Although user synergylw was able to make do with a mini makeover of her kitchen a couple of years ago, she understood a full remodel wasn’t much in the future. While she loved the layout, the substances needed an upgrade, so she gutted the entire space, keeping up the layout but replacing the chimney, counters, appliances, backsplash and floors. “From frumpy to state to contemporary contemporary,” she states. “We love it.”

New kitchen size:19 by 14 feet
Budget: $35,000, working with a builder to upgrade the distance using the existing layout.
Location: Ferndale, Washington

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