Kitchen Remodeling Pictures
Find design and decorating inspiration for your kitchen from the smart ideas in these real-life makeovers.
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A sliding butcher-block cutting board is a small but ingenious addition to this kitchen's new marble island sink. The specialty item requires a cut-in basin, so it must be chosen early in the design stage.
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Work with It
Removing the old radiator in the middle of this kitchen would have been pricey. Instead, the homeowners embraced its charm and installed an island around it, using the open area for barstool seating.
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With so much cabinetry in this large kitchen, a semicustom option proved most economical. To avoid a cookie-cutter look, however, the homeowners created a focal-point island with custom cabinets in a muted green hue; painted moldings give the cabinets an old-world look.
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Rather than investing in pricey new cabinetry, these thrifty homeowners painted what they had and removed the doors from some cabinets to display pretty dinnerware. The money saved was used to splurge on new granite countertops.
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Fresh Floor Plan
Gutting a kitchen gives you the freedom to completely rethink the floor plan. This kitchen has an entirely new look and functionality thanks to a large peninsula that includes a sink, storage on one side, and a small desk area on the other.
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Smart planning makes it more affordable to include special features such as this useful pot-filling faucet above the stove. Its special plumbing requirements were accounted for in the initial design so there were no surprise costs.
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Rather than spending big dollars to eliminate an existing skylight, these homeowners decide to highlight it. They installed a same-size island directly below the skylight and used pendant lights to connect the two features.
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In the same home, creative thinking also helped the homeowners add space-saving functionality to the new island. A pastry board on wheels slides out from inside the island when it's needed.
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Knowing the oversize range hood would be the focal point of their remodeled kitchen, the homeowners chose to frame it with green subway tiles in a hue that matches the island. To set off the hood, they mixed up the look with square tiles in the same color, punctuated by a few decorative tiles.
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Countertop clutter once plagued this small kitchen. The remodel eliminated the problem by incorporating plenty of smart storage solutions, including an appliance garage in the cabinetry.
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To be certain an updated kitchen would still look natural in an old home, this remodel focused on incorporating plenty of vintage-look features, including an apron-front sink, honey-color wood cabinetry, and metal-grate door fronts.
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Remake & Reuse
Rethinking how to use existing space is a cost-effective way to maximize a kitchen's footprint. An underutilized storage cabinet adjacent to this kitchen was easily converted into a hidden wet bar during the remodeling process.
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Replacing cabinets isn't the only way to remake a kitchen. For a low-cost facelift, this remodel focused on other surfaces within the room, such as new countertops, appliances, sink, lighting, and backsplash, while a new painted design on the existing floor turns it into a unique feature.
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Another budget-friendly approach to kitchen remodeling is painting the existing cabinets. These homeowners gave their rich red paint an aged look by roughing up the edges with sandpaper. Modern stainless-steel pulls complete the new look.
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Gutting their existing kitchen to start from scratch was a big investment for these homeowners. They decided to stick with classic finishes for the most expensive items in the room, including cabinetry and appliances. Bold, dramatic elements were used in smaller areas, such as the backsplash, which could be an affordable update later.
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Very often, kitchens have small or awkward spaces that don't get much use. This remodel turned that negative into a positive by converting a tiny corner into a useful wine bar, complete with a cooler.
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There was no room to add an island to this small kitchen so the homeowners got creative and added a rolling cabinet that can easily be moved into the space when needed for meal preparation.
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To showcase this kitchen's beautiful new hardwood floors, the homeowners selected a furniture-look island with legs that raise the cabinets off the floor.
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In the Details
Sometimes small details can make a big difference in a kitchen. Layers of interesting trims were used to beef up this room's moldings for dramatic effect.
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