If there's one room in your home that absolutely needs to be functional, it's the kitchen (the runner up being your bathroom, of course). And since its the heart of the home, a kitchen should also be stylish and presentable. With a few power tools, plenty of elbow grease, and a design-savvy eye, anything is possible—no matter how outdated a kitchen may look. Need proof? These renovations say it all. Read on for twenty dramatic kitchen makeovers with before and after photos that reveal just how much potential lies within even the most rundown of spaces.
The partial wall separating the living space from the kitchen makes this space feel more cramped than it needs to, while the darker stain of the wood floors makes it feel old and damp.
This kitchen renovated by looks so. much. better. That's thanks to the beautiful color scheme of grays and blues, smart floating shelf storage, new lighting, and a spacious counter for cooking and eating. So if you're looking for kitchen remodeling/ wall removal before and after inspiration, consider this your template.
Though this layout certainly isn't terrible, it'd be better if the work stations, like the stove and surrounding counters, had closer access to natural light.
In a kitchen, layout is everything. And refrigerator, countertop, and stove placement are most important. Designer Shon Parker moved the stove closer to that large window for a lighting fix and swapped out old materials. "A Checkerboard floor laid on the diagonal is more forgiving—in an old house, it helps hide crooked lines," says Parker. We're glad the exposed beams got to stay, too.
The stark contrast between the white appliances and dark stained-everything make this kitchen feel outdated, dark, and cramped. An open floor plan would help create more flow in this space, too.
opted for a backsplash of white subway tiles and tore down the wall of cabinets separating the kitchen from the living space to make it feel more open and spacious. The kitchen island also introduces extra seating and useable space.
While this kitchen is already pretty clean and tidy, it definitely looks more rustic and out of use. Plus, it could really use a paint job.The best news is that it only takes a few small updates to make a big difference without trampling all over its charming character.
Designer Kevin Isbell completely revamped this antique fishing shack to make it feel fresh and clean while still keeping it approachable and grounded. For a similar feel in your kitchen, swap out a paper towel wall dispenser with a wall hook for a prettier hand towel. Then tuck your trashcan under the sink instead of keeping in plain sight. The floors pop with a nice coat of blue paint.
You don't need to have an eye for design to see that this kitchen could use a little love. The wood trimming and elevated cabinets look bulky and the subway tiles have a dingy yellow undertone.
To open up the walkway and useable space in , opted for a stainless steel built-in fridge and then refreshed the walls with brighter subway tiles and gave the bottom cabinets a coat of modern blue-gray paint. Almost everything is from IKEA, and they did it all within six days. Now that's impressive.
This kitchen isn't in need of a major facelift, but it could use a few updates to make it feel more sophisticated, stylish, and contemporary.
While this kitchen by didn't undergo any huge renovations, it looks decidedly better. With a makeshift kitchen island that provides extra work space and storage, fresh white paint, and more task lighting instead of a retro ceiling fan, it's good to go.
This kitchen already has great bones—it just needs a few updates to become a truly inspiring place to cook and live in.
We imagine some Michelin star-status croissants coming out of a kitchen this beautiful designed by Summer Thornton. With a gorgeous black and gold hood, gold floating shelves, and a lovely wood kitchen island, it's the perfect blend of French country chic and unpretentious, modern style.
Not only does this kitchen need some work aesthetically speaking, but it's also extremely cramped, with very little useable surface space. Time for a major upgrade.
This kitchen renovation by Steve Pallrand of Home Front Build is truly stunning. The gorgeous blue backsplash tile along with the vintage introduce warmth and character that fit right in with the reclaimed floors and cabinets. From the prep sink to the gorgeous arches, we've met our dream kitchen.
We have nothing against blue and white and definitely love a great '80s-inspired design moment, but we're happy to report that this kitchen was totally gutted.
This kitchen designed by is basically unrecognizable in its second life. With a cheerful runner and sleek black floors and white cabinets, it feels both personality-packed and contemporary. It's also bursting with life, thanks to the plant corner.
While the layout of this kitchen is great as is, it could use an upgrade style-wise. Plus, it needs more overhead task-lighting and statement lighting.
The white cabinets look so much fresher than the former wood material in this kitchen from . The two gold sconces above the sink and pendants above the kitchen island ensure better lighting while you're cooking as well as adding more dimension. The island was expanded to increase usable countertop space and provide a second, more causal dining area.
While this apartment has all the basics, it could use a bit more personality and a few more bells and whistles, like elevated seating and extra storage.
Sometimes all it takes is a small change. The new countertops in this kitchen from make the room look a lot less cramped while the stools introduce a more grownup, sophisticated look. The floating shelves provide space to display pretty decor and make the awkward, empty wall look more complete. The gold faucet is also a nice touch.
For this food blogger, a tiny kitchen packed into a corner was a far cry from what she needed for her recipes.
That's why she went all out with her renovation, tearing down walls and adding serious counter space in a neutral white (better for photos!).
Even though this kitchen had great bones, the light wood against white walls left it feeling generic.
This clever blogger traded upper cabinets for open shelving and painted her lower ones a turquoise blue to match her stunning dishware collection.
The dark surfaces in this kitchen paired with clunky and busy patterns made this space feel smaller than the square footage.
But all it took was a sleek, white design to make it feel twice as big. The marble island countertop and backsplash perfectly complement the silver accessories.
This 1980s home featured dated, wooden cabinets and a layout that made the room feels smaller and more compact than the reality.
After ditching some upper cabinets and adding a dreamy counter in the middle of the room (not to mention a total color overhaul), this kitchen feels totally modern.