Modernized Kitchen With Traditional Character

See how a team of design experts turns a mismatched kitchen into a modernized space.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBlue cabinetry, extremely outdated appliances and dirty linoleum flooring are just a few of the problems plaguing this space.
Most starter homes do not include five bedrooms, five baths and 3,300 square feet. So when Jill and Jon Christopher pulled up in front of a "beautiful, spectacular and stately home" in suburban Philadelphia, they were baffled as to why it was in their limited price range. They found out when they walked into the kitchen.

This small kitchen has some nice architectural detail, but that's all it has going for it. It doesn't function efficiently and is horribly mismatched. From the wallpaper, countertops and blue and white plastic cabinets to the bizarre oven/microwave combo, it's just out of order.

The Spice Up My Kitchen team of host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw signs on to breathe some much-needed new life into this room. They've got $30,000 to $40,000 and two design plans from which to choose. The first option entails knocking down the wall adjacent to the breakfast nook and adding warm maple cream cabinetry all around. Moneysaving laminate countertops, and a new dining table and hardwood floors are also included. Option 2 keeps the existing layout, but includes new cherry cabinets and quartz countertops and backsplash. Ceramic tile flooring and a custom eating area with banquette and table round it out. The Christophers select Option 2. See how the makeover turned out below.

For specific product information, click on the first After photo of the room.