Before-and-After Kitchen Makeovers From Rate My Space

Dreary kitchen getting you down? Take matters into your own hands and give your cooking space a makeover with inspiration from fellow design enthusiasts.

Circa 1980's Kitchen

Before: Stuck in the '80s

RMS user zsolt grew weary of his circa-1980s kitchen and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Modern Kitchen

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.

Red and Blue Kitchen

Before: Red Disaster

A small galley kitchen with narrow walls and crazy paint colors was about to push RMS user AnneBub over the edge.

Combined Kitchen and Dining Room

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 Photo of a Drab Kitchen

Before: Too Crowded

RMS user 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.

Green and White Kitchen

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.

Early Stage of Kitchen Remodel

Before: Time for an Update

RMS user luckiwmn credits her husband with updating her sister-in-law's kitchen, last remodeled in the early 1990s.

Kitchen with White Cabinets

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.

Dark Oak Kitchen

Before: A Huge Bore

Dark oak cabinetry and boring accents were getting the better of RMS user mayxu_2000.

Pale Wood Kitchen

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.

Kitchen With Wood Cabinetry and White Tile Countertops

Before: 12 Years of Ordinary

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.

Elegant Kitchen Space

After: Bright Elegance

All-new cabinetry and built-ins, a travertine and marble backsplash and new windows brighten this elegant space.

Uninspiring Kitchen

Before: A Sloppy Look

Stock cabinetry in a drab, dark finish, track lighting and sloppy countertop tiling were less than inspiring to RMS user paver.

Wooden Kitchen With Semi-circular Island

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.

Wood Cabinet Kitchen

Before: Outdated Cooking Space

It took RMS user RickandKristina only three months to remodel an outdated kitchen. The makeover was both affordable and effective.

French Country Kitchen

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.

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