Kitchen Makeover in Blue and White

A dreary, carpeted kitchen gives way to a bright, modern space with new appliances, painted cabinets, laminate floors and a crisp color scheme.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe kitchen's current cabinets will be refinished to save some money during the makeover.
Homeowner Roslyn Davis is a do-it-yourselfer. Since moving into her home she's ripped up carpet and painted — and her beautiful home shows the results of her hard work. But when she decided to remove the carpet in her kitchen, the adhesive stayed behind, leaving her in a sticky situation.

Now, the Spice Up My Kitchen team wants to help Roslyn take her kitchen from tired and outdated to open, airy and sophisticated.

Roslyn would like to spend between $15,000 and $25,000 on her renovation. Designer Lauren Lake rises to the challenge, offering two budget-friendly makeovers. To help save money for new appliances, both options include refinishing the existing cabinets.

Option 1:

Lauren recommends bringing in a light, open theme to integrate the kitchen and breakfast room. This would include painting the cabinets white, adding black granite counters and sleek stainless appliances. A low-cost white tin backsplash and blue paint would tie together the kitchen and the breakfast room.

Option 2:

In option two, Roslyn's kitchen would become a sleek, contemporary kitchen with vibrant colors. The cabinets would be painted a juicy lime green, with frosted glass inserts added for visual punch. Earthy laminate countertops would ground the bright color, while a stainless backsplash and silver-gray walls would give the kitchen and breakfast room a unified look.

Roslyn chooses the first option because she loves the look — and the resale value — of granite countertops.

The kitchen cabinets need an update as do the '70s paneling and appliances. In addition to those tired appliances, the kitchen boasts a washer and dryer that take up unnecessary space. The breakfast room also leaves much to be desired. The unattractive carpeting, tacky paneling and eye-popping wallpaper make it an unwelcoming space.

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