A Splashy Makeover for a Dated Kitchen (You Have to See the Tile!)

Drab to fab is the definition of this amazing kitchen flip. See how the fixer-upper gained space and style to become a vibrant Mediterranean-inspired hangout.

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    Before: Outdated Details

    Vintage kitchens can be packed with pretty accents and old-school charm. That was not true for this space, tucked into a 1926 Spanish Revival home. An inefficient layout coupled with old appliances, worn cabinetry, and ceramic tile countertops signaled a necessary remodel.

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    After: Mediterranean Masterpiece

    Tucking the cooktop into a space formerly occupied by the refrigerator and framing it with colorful tiles turns the once-lackluster window wall into a focal point.

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    Impactful Tile Treatment

    A colorful ceramic backsplash featuring decorative Mediterranean tiles makes a dramatic statement and reflects the home's vintage style. The tiles act as a transition between the different colored cabinets, pulling in hues from both green base cabinetry and white upper cabinets.

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    One-of-a-Kind Backsplash Ideas

    In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

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    Before: Lack of Storage Space

    Wall cabinetry provided a place for pots, pans, and dishware, but a center island for additional prep space and storage was at the top of the homeowners' wish list. 

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    After: More to Love

    Removing a wall and reconfiguring the layout made room for an island and a host of pro-style appliances, including a six-burner gas cooktop, double wall ovens, and an undercounter beverage refrigerator. A second sink in the island allows for separate cooking zones.

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    Central Station

    The island's mahogany countertop adds warmth and serves as a refreshing counterpoint to the perimeter's cool marble surfaces. The lively green base cabinetry complements the medley of warm colors seen on the backsplash.

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    A Place for Everything

    Open storage breaks up the island's expanse and keeps cookbooks, bakeware, and serving pieces within reach. Glass shelves within reflect light and are easy to clean.

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    Pretty Patina

    A prep faucet on the island features a living finish, which means it has no protective coating and will continue to patinate over time. The small undermount sink is discreet but ideal for rinsing produce or filling pitchers.

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    Modern Mix

    Pro-style appliances were worthwhile splurges. Mixing modern stainless-steel appliances with vintage accents gives this kitchen an appealing built-over-time feel.

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    Before: Frustrating Flow

    Prior to the remodel, the oven and range were contained to a corner away from prep surfaces. A rolling cabinet served as a portable pantry and extra countertop, but the homeowners wished to improve traffic flow.

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    After: In the Zone

    Double wall ovens cozy up to a functional counterop area flanked with two-tone cabinetry. Both colors -- grayish-green on base cabinets and creamy white on uppers -- keep the kitchen's palette soft, simple, and warm. Glass door inserts create attractive display space and visually expand the room.

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    What's Old is New

    The kitchen had beautiful original details that were considered when bringing in new materials and creating a sense of integrity. Keeping the existing casement windows preserved some of the home's 1920s heritage.

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    Darling Details

    Cup pulls with an antique burnished finish add vintage appeal to base cabinetry. Carrara marble countertops keep the look light and airy.

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    Hardworking Pantry

    A roomy pantry closet provides storage outside the primary work zone. A door with reeded glass allows light into the small room and helps it coordinate with nearby glass-front cabinets.

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