Multicolored Mess Hall

See a kitchen get transformed from a multicolored mess to a stylishly functional space.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionWith its cabinet color and vegetable wallpaper this kitchen is in desparate need of a makeover.
When Sara Goldstein and Paul Boxer first saw their house, they thought they had found their dream home. Nicely sized rooms, hardwood floors and a great color scheme were just some of the pluses. That was until they opened the door to the kitchen. The vegetable wallpaper, bright-green cabinets, lack of dishwasher and yellow and black bathroom tile that goes halfway up the wall are only part of the problem. The countertop behind the sink is coming apart, there isn't much space for food preparation, and the only light source is a ceiling fan that wobbles when in use.

Host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw will really have to work some makeover magic to make this room presentable. Lake lays out two design options within a budget of $25,000 to $35,000. The first includes new cabinets in a new functional layout, an appliance upgrade and moneysaving laminate countertops and floors. The second features freshened-up but not new cabinets, new granite countertops, high-end porcelain floor and more counter space made possible by knocking down the adjoining wall to the dining room. The couple chooses Option 1. See the results below.