Step into our favorite real-life kitchen makeovers.
Before: Stuck in the '80s
HGTV fan zsolt grew weary of his circa-1980s kitchen and decided to take matters into his own hands.
After: Modern Remodel
His modern kitchen remodel features black cabinetry, sleek surfaces, hardwood and tiled floors, recessed lighting and a custom stone wall that gives the space a wine cellar feel.
Before: Red Disaster
A small galley kitchen with narrow walls and crazy paint colors was about to push HGTV fan AnneBub over the edge.
After: No More Narrowness
By knocking down the narrow wall, removing upper cabinets and installing skylights, a concrete countertop and glass-tile backsplash, AnneBub achieved her dream kitchen makeover.
Before: Too Crowded
HGTV fan ejewell was tasked with updating a home for her church's new minister. This kitchen, complete with crowded cabinets and drab colors, was one of the home's biggest challenges.
After: Redesign on a Budget
With just a few dollars and donated supplies, ejewell lightened and brightened the space. Cabinetry was removed, the walls painted a bright, cheery green and curtains purchased at Salvation Army were altered to fit the window.
Before: Time for an Update
HGTV fan luckiwmn credits her husband with updating her sister-in-law's kitchen, last remodeled in the early 1990s.
After: A New, Open Look
A raised ceiling and removal of a wall opened up and lightened the space. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances complete the look.
Before: A Huge Bore
Dark oak cabinetry and boring accents were getting the better of HGTV fan mayxu_2000.
After: The Right Lighting
She and her husband hired a contractor to reface cabinetry and, using a bit of elbow grease, replaced recessed lighting with an eye-catching, three-light fixture and installed a mosaic-tile backsplash on their own.
Before: 12 Years of Ordinary
HGTV fan MommyLoves made due with kitchen cabinets and appliances for 12 years until she was able to completely remodel her kitchen into a cook's dream come true.
After: Bright Elegance
All-new cabinetry and built-ins, a travertine and marble backsplash and new windows brighten this elegant space.
Before: A Sloppy Look
Stock cabinetry in a drab, dark finish, track lighting and sloppy countertop tiling were less than inspiring to HGTV fan paver.
After: A Cook's Dream Come True
Granite countertops, a glass-tile backsplash and conduction cooktop transform the not-so-special cooking area into paver's dream come true.
Before: Outdated Cooking Space
It took HGTV fan RickandKristina only three months to remodel an outdated kitchen. The makeover was both affordable and effective.
After: French Country Style
A French-country makeover was accomplished by hand-painting and glazing cabinets, adding crown and picture molding to cabinetry, installing recessed and under-cabinet lighting and designing a unique ceramic-tile layout.