Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Makeovers
Before: Dark and Dated
Green painted tile. Laminate countertops. Peeling wallpaper. This tiny bathroom needed a total transformation, starting with the lace curtains that blocked the room's much-needed natural light.
After: Sunny and Bright
The pretty floor tiles stayed, but not much else. Vintage wood flooring inlaid among the hexagonal tiles echoes the floors in surrounding rooms and elongates the tiny bathroom. A sleek pedestal sink replaces the bulky built-in vanity of yesteryear, while a bold wallpaper pattern highlights an accent wall. Little bursts of yellow keep the space fresh and modern.
Before: Cramped Quarters
Even a sloped ceiling couldn't keep this kitchen from feeling cramped. Walls of cabinetry, a tiny island, and a half wall connected to the living area made the space feel small despite its large footprint.
After: Room to Grow
Once a confined room tucked away from the rest of the house, this expanded kitchen -- made possible with an addition -- is now an integral part of the surrounding living spaces. Classic white cabinetry extends into the adjacent room for unity and showcases varying shades of green glass subway tiles. An expanded island provides hidden storage for entertainment supplies, games, and homework essentials.
Before: Lackluster Finishes
More style-deprived than impractical, this master bathroom begged for a decor do-over. A standard store-bought vanity and frameless mirror had potential but lacked character.
After: Plenty of Pizzazz
Turquoise paint, which coats the existing oak vanity, set the tone for this budget bathroom makeover. The color continues in a secondhand chandelier above the bathtub and pops against two-tone tan walls. Chair-rail molding defines a towel area, while ceramic tiles glued to the formerly plain mirror create an inexpensive yet elegant frame.
A Fresh Take on Rustic
See how this dingy bathroom got a modern makeover on a budget.
Before: Oak Overload
It's hard to have a standout kitchen when everything looks the same. The oak floors in this 1990s kitchen blended into cabinetry of the same material, while a white backsplash and countertops disguised the room's depth.
After: Gorgeous in Gray
For about $2,000, this uninspiring kitchen got a fast facelift, including new paint, tile, light fixtures, and accessories. A stone mosaic backsplash enhances the room's neutral color palette, and a yellow easy-sew valance and cheery metal stools add a boost of interest.
Before: Black, White, and Bland
Thanks to a pedestal sink and miniscule medicine cabinet, this small 1940s bath offered little in the way of storage. Broken tile and a claustrophobic shower completed the list of issues in the old bath.
After: Natural Beauty
A calm green color palette with serene nature-inspired accents ushers in a zen-like atmosphere. Durable, eco-friendly laminate dresses a new clean-lined vanity, which provides much-needed storage and counter space. Glass mosaic tile accentuates an oversize mirror and extends into the shower area for a unified look.
Before: Too Much of a Good Thing
We love the look of oak and cherry, just maybe not all in the same room. In this kitchen, red oak floors clashed with cherry cabinets rather than complementing them. Neutral countertops with a similar pattern and sandy backsplash tiles made the room a one-color catastrophe.
After: A Better Balance
The oak floors stayed, but existing cherry cabinets received a coat of white paint to brighten this kitchen. Homeowners faked the look of to-the-ceiling cabinetry with a bulkhead -- essentially a plywood box built above existing cabinetry and dressed with crown molding. A larger island with a birch surface and upholstered barstools provides warmth and softness to the space.
Beautiful Budget Bath Remodel
Working with what they had and smart shopping helped these homeowners create a beautiful bathroom for a modest price.
Before: Tight and Inefficient
With the majority of counter space reserved for a sink and stove, prep space was limited in this 1950s kitchen. Homeowners made a list of what they did not like -- wall cabinets, a standard-height refrigerator, a divided sink, and window treatments -- as a starting point for a total kitchen remodel.
After: Expanded Space
Removing a wall between the kitchen and dining room created plenty of square footage for a large island with concrete and butcher-block surfaces. To save on costs, homeowners installed recycled-wood flooring and stock base cabinetry themselves. Restaurant-style open shelves and a DIY chandelier made with outdoor rope lights balances the room's modern and traditional influences.
Before: Not-So-Pretty in Pastel
Dated pink tile and seafoam green paint create a color combination better suited for a baby shower than a bathroom. A child-height vanity made simple tasks like washing hands and brushing teeth an uncomfortable, crouched task.
After: Fresh Updates
A bold green shower curtain and soft gray-blue paint bring this bathroom up-to-date. A band of penny-round tiles dresses up the shower's square wall tiles, while a new vanity and medicine cabinet boost storage and functionality. A frosted-pane aluminum-clad window replaces the previous wood model to allow for plenty of light while still preventing rot and providing privacy.
Before: Plain Jane
This kitchen had a decent layout; it just needed a lift. The old floor was warped and damaged, the existing island called for personality, and the decor was all but absent.
After: Cottage Charm
An impressive mix of refurbished pieces, repurposed flea-market finds, and new purchases fill this kitchen. A dreamy blue beaded-board backsplash installed horizontally keeps the classic look fresh. Durable beige porch paint helped salvage the wood floors. A larger, taller island replaced the existing model, now outfitted with a pegboard storage system. An old ladder makes a rustic pot rack above.
Before: Blank Canvas
Brown doesn't have to be boring, but it was in this master bathroom. Monochromatic surfaces and lackluster finishes created a true decorating damper.
After: Sensational in Stripes
A better choice for the water-prone room, floating porcelain tile floors replace existing laminate floor planks. Painted stripes in cream and taupe create the impactful look of wallpaper for less. A coat of black paint helps the vanity stand out against the neutral floor while coordinating with the existing countertop.