Clever DIY Updates That Made This Kitchen Look Brand-New

A do-it-yourselfer keeps most of her kitchen cabinets but gets rid of their dated look.

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Before: Cramped and Characterless

Ashley Thurman, whose kitchen makeover was featured in the June 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens and on her blog, Cherished Bliss, gave her cabinets a new look using a combination of simple fixes and more involved reconstruction.

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1. Alter Awkward Spaces

First, removing the doors above the microwave and refrigerator created instant open display areas. To fix a tall, awkward cabinet next to the range, Ashley shortened it to counter height, then added on to the short cabinet above it so that all her upper cabinets aligned.

Get the How-To: Altered Cabinets

2. Add Interest to Cabinet Doors

Ashley gave her flat-panel cabinet doors Shaker style by making them look like traditional recessed doors. She attached strips of oak plywood along the edges of each door.  

Get the How-To: Trimmed Cabinet Doors

3. Boost Storage and Prep Area

The biggest change in Ashley's kitchen came when she removed a traffic-blocking peninsula. She still needed storage and prep space, so she built an island from scratch.

Get the How-To: DIY Kitchen Island

4. Upgrade Countertops

After painting her cabinets and island, Ashley topped them off with butcher-block countertops. She purchased 8-foot lengths of unfinished butcher block, cut them to size, applied a food-safe sealer, and installed them.

Get the How-To: Install Butcher-Block Countertops

After: Farmhouse Fresh

The changes Ashley made give her kitchen a clean, classic look and loads of function. Now, there's plenty of work space on both sides of the range and a convenient path into kitchen. The white cabinets and butcher-block countertops team with subway tile and a wood-look laminate floor for long-lasting style.

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