Published on February 22, 2018

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK

The heart of the home is the kitchen, and whatever its size, your kitchen should be accommodating and welcoming. When a home’s epicenter isn’t inspired, nothing will do but a total makeover. If you’re stuck in a Pinterest rut without a clear direction, allow these stunning before and afters to start you on the road to renovation. 

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Photography by SWEETEN

Before

Dusty white cabinets and a huge wall separating the living room and kitchen led to a chaotic space.

After

After knocking out a wall to create an open floor plan and let more light into the room, they used the extra space to add additional storage and move the refrigerator. A light eggshell tile and quartz countertops finish off the elevated look.

Check out the complete makeover on Domino.

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Photography by RAQUEL LANGWORTHY (AFTER) AND STEVE DEVITA (BEFORE)

Before and After

The designers were able to convert a drab, dated kitchen in this Hamptons home into an open, airy space perfect for entertaining. They completely transformed the space by raising the ceiling, creating a central island, and adding crisp white oak floors.

Peek the total transformation here.

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Photography by SHIALICE SPATIAL DESIGN

Before

Not only did this kitchen have outdated black granite counters, laminate floors, barely-white cabinets, and “yellowing Swiss Coffee” walls, but the placement of the island kept the family from being able to use the space to entertain.

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Photography by SHIALICE SPATIAL DESIGN

After

With the island repositioned and reduced in size to allow for more walking, the kitchen is more functional and allows for additional seating. The cabinets were upgraded to a blueish gray shaker style and extended 10 inches for extra storage space, and a tile backsplash was added, along with low-maintenance quartz and butcher block countertops.

See the entire renovation here.

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Photography by http://thevintagerugshop.com/

Before

This small space was cramped and void of some much-needed color.

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Photography by http://thevintagerugshop.com/

After

By tearing down two walls and combining the kitchen, dining room, and living area into one open space, this kitchen gained an additional counter thanks to the free-standing island. Dark blue cabinets and gold hardware give the space a stylishly modern feel.

See the complete transformation on The Vintage Rug Shop.

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Photography by Adam Fish via DESIGN SPONGE

Before

This brown and yellow-toned mid-century kitchen was in desperate need of an upgrade. The homeowners took sledgehammers to their old kitchen and prepared it for a complete reno.

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Photography by Adam Fish via DESIGN SPONGE

After

This major makeover proves that sometimes, a fresh start is the best way to go. The new kitchen is brighter, full of character, and has an added island for extra seating and counter space.

Get the scoop on the makeover on Design*Sponge.

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Photography by VIRGINIA MACDONALD FOR STYLE AT HOME

Before

This compact kitchen had surely seen better days. The seemingly antiquated cabinets and countertops were worn out, while the appliances were in desperate need of a refresh. The extended counter to the far right blocked the kitchen off from the adjoining room, resulting in a much tighter space.

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Photography by BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

After

After removing the extended counter, the kitchen was instantly transformed with an illusion of a larger space. The addition of the soft blue cabinets provide the room with character, setting a stylish two-toned effect within the decor. The marble backsplash allows more light to filter throughout the room, evoking a refined aesthetic complemented by the subtle pattern plays scattered throughout.

See the complete restoration on Better Homes and Gardens.

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Photography by VIRGINIA MACDONALD FOR STYLE AT HOME

Before

Situated in Portland, Oregon, the kitchen inside this 1930s cottage home was a bit behind times. To say the least. With its mint green frames, white and wood crusted cabinet, and speckled linoleum floor tiles, it undoubtedly deserved a major revamp.

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Photography by EVA KOSMAS FLORES FOR APARTMENT THERAPY

After

We can hardly believe the space is the same! The duo behind the remodel were in need of additional cooking space – being foodie bloggers and all. Getting rid of the eating nook at the end of the kitchen, the couple extended the kitchen and brought in a vintage gas range to sit at the end. Reclaimed wooden shelves contributed a rustic element to the now monochromatic space, while the industrialized farmhouse sink further accentuated the dynamic feel of the space

The sliding doors were replaced with the windows behind the range!

Get the scoop on the reno on Apartment Therapy.

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Before

Dark hues aren’t doing this tiny kitchen any favors. It looks as though the floorplan was poorly addressed initially, requiring appliances to just fit in wherever. 

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Photography by SMITTEN STUDIO FOR CUP OF JO

After

To start things off, designer Becki Owens took to the cabinets with an unpigmented semi gloss paint. Calcutta marble subway tiles complemented the similar make of the countertops, lending an additional source of a subdued pattern to the room. In addition to the recessed lighting, a trio of glass, globe pendants were installed to provide extra sources of light. With a whitewashed revamp, this kitchen was instantly ushered into a modern point!

See the rest of this kitchen on Cup of Jo

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Photography by VIRGINIA MACDONALD FOR STYLE AT HOME

Before

Perhaps less makeover and more start-from-scratch overhaul, this kitchen space received a whole new frame, from the ground up.

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Photography by l’appartment living

After

To say that we are infatuated with this kitchen would be a serious understatement. From the delicate pops of color to the subdued metallic accents effortless scattered about the room, this kitchen’s whitewashed take on modern minimalism is simply perfect.

Get the scoop on the complete makeover on L’Appartement Living.

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Photography by VIRGINIA MACDONALD FOR STYLE AT HOME

Before

The outdated framework of this 1960s kitchen was more or less overshadowed by the dingy wallpaper and off-white palette that extended along the floor and ceiling.

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Photography by VIRGINIA MACDONALD FOR STYLE AT HOME

After

The stark white refresh could not have turned out better! With a streamlined composition, the contemporary remodel resulted in one unbelievable transformation. Blue-front cabinets add a pop of color to the all-white space while the sleek silver hardware evoke an essence of refined elegance. Clean cut countertops and an intricately tiled marble backsplash complete the look.

Get the complete tour on Style at Home.

This story was originally published on April 21, 2017. It has been updated with new information.

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