9 Kitchen Makeovers That Will Make You Swoon

Who doesn't love an ugly duckling story that ends in a beautiful new space?

Don't let previous owners' questionable decor choices stand in the way of . These total transformations prove that and new lighting can erase even the biggest interior design sins.

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Jason Hartog
BEFORE: Divided Layout

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 . and engineer Yu Ching Lai of to . 

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Jason Hartog
AFTER: Sprawling Floor Plan

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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Courtesy of Ash Bradbury Design
BEFORE: Neon Eyesore

Victoria Hunt, interior designer at , was determined to fix up the cringe-worthy kitchen that .

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Eric Waters
AFTER: Breathing Room

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 (), which expands the room while offering delicate warmth and freshness.

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BEFORE: Awkward Storage Space

Tanya — the blogger behind — described her kitchen cabinets as "."

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AFTER: Open (and Bright!) Shelving

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 , naturally)," Tanya wrote about the renovation.

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BEFORE: Harsh Lighting

Blogger Kaylor Little of was stuck in a kitchen with builder-grade cabinets, simple laminate countertops and not-so-soothing lighting.

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AFTER: Bright Surfaces

The butcher block countertops () and light blue glass backsplash subtly contrast with the white cabinets and stainless steel.

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Courtesy of Tatertots and Jello
BEFORE: Dated Space

When Jen — the blogger behind — bought a cute 1905 cottage, she knew she'd need big plans for its tiny kitchen.

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Courtesy of Tatertots and Jello
AFTER: Fresh Fixtures

New white cabinets and tile, a poppy yellow chandelier and a more open layout what was dingy before.

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Christina's Adventures
BEFORE: Unwelcoming Space

Christina (the blogger behind ) was determined to make her dark, cramped and seriously dated kitchen lovely again.

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Christina's Adventures
AFTER: Farmhouse Charm

Wood accents impart a while remaining refined and polished.


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Tidbits
BEFORE: Windowless Room

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 , faced when she moved into her new home.

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Tidbits
AFTER: Airy Hangout

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), .


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kitchen dining area
courtesy: DIY Network
BEFORE: Intense Wallpaper

DIY Network's show had electrician Marc Bartolomeo team up with to help newlyweds Eric and Kathryn Hollenbeck update their . That all-over wall pattern pretty much speaks for itself.

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kitchen dining area
courtesy: DIY Network
AFTER: Tranquil Hues

Selecting a makes for a calming backdrop behind basic white appliances.


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Old House New Tricks
BEFORE: Halfbaked Accent

Alysha Findley, blogger behind , thought her kitchen's red wall was an eyesore, and she also craved a more cozy room for her family.

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Old House New Tricks
AFTER: Updated Paneling

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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WATCH: Before & After: New Color, Cabinets and Tile Freshen Up a Tired-Looking Kitchen

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