Don't let previous owners' questionable decor choices stand in the way of your dream kitchen. These total transformations prove that some white paint and new lighting can erase even the biggest interior design sins.
A maze-like first floor left Taylor Kaye's living, dining and kitchen areas dark and cramped. The TV personality recruited designer Jo Alcorn of Whitewash & Co. and engineer Yu Ching Lai of YCL Structural Designs to reconfigure the split-up space.
Knocking down walls — including one behind the stove — made the entire floor more airy, not to mention family-friendly. A new island with cabinets on both sides helps keep clutter at bay.
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Victoria Hunt, interior designer at Ash Bradbury Design, was determined to fix up the cringe-worthy kitchen that mimicked an ugly Christmas sweater.
To make the room feel airy, Hunt opened the space by pushing the counters to the edges of the room. She painted the walls in Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter (a classic paint color designers often choose), which expands the room while offering delicate warmth and freshness.
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Tanya — the blogger behind Dans le Lakehouse — described her kitchen cabinets as "small and awkward."
Open shelving isn't a risky choice when you have all that great bakeware to show off. "The lower cabinets were painted turquoise (to match my Pyrex collection, naturally)," Tanya wrote about the renovation.
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Blogger Kaylor Little of Fisherman's Wife Furniture was stuck in a kitchen with builder-grade cabinets, simple laminate countertops and not-so-soothing lighting.
The butcher block countertops (which Kaylor installed herself) and light blue glass backsplash subtly contrast with the white cabinets and stainless steel.
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When Jen — the blogger behind Tatertots & Jello — bought a cute 1905 cottage, she knew she'd need big plans for its tiny kitchen.
New white cabinets and tile, a poppy yellow chandelier and a more open layout immediately brighten what was dingy before.
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Christina (the blogger behind Christina's Adventures) was determined to make her dark, cramped and seriously dated kitchen lovely again.
Wood accents impart a farmhouse-friendly theme while remaining refined and polished.
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A kitchen without sunlight is just plain depressing — especially if you spend the majority of your day in it. This is what Cami, the blogger behind Tidbits, faced when she moved into her new home.
The nearly all-white palette is hardly stark, thanks to wooden accents and French country-style details. Cami also corrals similar appliances (like wooden utensils popped into a canister), imparting a tidier feel to countertop storage.
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DIY Network's show Kitchen Impossible had electrician Marc Bartolomeo team up with Good Housekeeping to help newlyweds Eric and Kathryn Hollenbeck update their seriously old-fashioned dining space. That all-over wall pattern pretty much speaks for itself.
Selecting a serene paint color makes for a calming backdrop behind basic white appliances.
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Alysha Findley, blogger behind Old House New Tricks, thought her kitchen's red wall was an eyesore, and she also craved a more cozy room for her family.
A breakfast nook and island now fill out room that once had little counter space. Alysha covered the red wall in paneling that is much easier on the eyes.
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