16 Before-and-After Kitchen Makeovers

These before-and-after kitchen makeovers will leave you speechless. See these kitchens go from dingy and dated to breathtaking beauties.

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May 01, 2019

Photo By: Claire Paquin

Photo By: Regan Wood Photography

Photo By: Claire Paquin

Photo By: Regan Wood Photography

Photo By: DiMauro Architects

Photo By: Warren Jagger Photography

Photo By: Phoebe Chuason

Photo By: Cristopher Nolasco

Photo By: Lambert Home

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Mali Azima

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: Marie Flanigan Interiors

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Photo By: Lexi Grace Design

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Caitlin Jones Ghajar

Photo By: Aubrie Pick

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Photo By: Ashley Ausland

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Before: 1950s Mess

This kitchen is stuck in the past and lacks any style. In need of a desperate upgrade, designer Claire Paquin gets to work to transform this space into a modern masterpiece.

After: Light & Bright Delight

Joining the dining room and kitchen instead of keeping them separate spaces allows light to flood into this kitchen. Before, the kitchen was dingy and dark, now with the natural light and white walls, the space become a breath of fresh air.

Before: Cramped & Cluttered

Without much room to move around, this kitchen does not function in the way desired by modern homeowners.

After: Open Kitchen With Eat-In Island

This kitchen was totally gutted in order to bring much needed room and functionality to the space. The eat-in island makes this space multi-purpose and meets the needs of a family who entertains.

Before: Small & Outdated

Before renovations this kitchen was quite the eyesore. The tiny space leaves no countertop room for cooking.

After: Breath of Fresh Air

After renovations, the kitchen is completely opened up to its setting, with big windows looking out over the ocean and back yard. A door leads directly onto the back porch and architects have added room for prepping and enjoying meals.

Before: Mid-Century Mess

This 1960s kitchen was dated, dingy and in disrepair. A full remodel opened it up, while keeping the soaring architectural window intact.

After: Updated Mid-Century Marvel

The designers removed a wall to open up this modern kitchen and reveal a sweeping architectural window. The renovation included an island topped with sleek, white Caesarstone quartz. White oak cabinets and wood floors bring an organic, earthy element to the space.

Before: Grimy & Gross

This aged craftsman kitchen is in desperate need of repair. Lacking any charm, it'd be hard to find anyone willing to cook in this space.

After: Craftsman-Style Overhaul

Shaker-style cabinets and a white subway tile backsplash keep the craftsman influence alive in this updated kitchen design. A large island shows off the black countertop against the white color scheme in the room. Contemporary bar seats bring an updated element to the room for a timeless design.

Before: Needs an Update

This dated kitchen is in need of a refresh. The colors, design are dated and underwhelming.

After: Light Remodel Makes a Big Difference

While no walls were knocked down, this kitchen remodel is still impactful. Light and fresh countertops and a new island give this kitchen an updated look.

Before: Kitchen in Need of a Redesign

This kitchen, prior to remodel, has mismatched tiles, dark cabinets and unpleasant color scheme.

After: White Farmhouse Kitchen

Post renovation, this kitchen is given a white farmhouse redesign. The white cabinets and countertops are contrasted by the natural wood floating shelves and island detailing.

Before: Unappealing Kitchen Colors

With the unattractive kitchen tile and color palette, this before kitchen is unsightly.

After: Clean & Classic

This home is located in a historical neighborhood where timeless and classic finishes are appreciated, so designers chose to embrace that design by installing white throughout the space. From the white and gray tile backsplash to the white kitchen island, the space remains clean and classic with wood accents that bring warmth to the design.

Before: Facelift Needed

Before renovation, this very traditional, yellow kitchen in need of a makeover.

After: Classic & Refined

This renovated classic kitchen has gray cabinets, blue painted island, custom hood, and modern pendant lighting and bar chairs upholstered in blue with gold metallic accents.

Before: Boring Beige & Brown

While this kitchen may be functional, it is far from stylish. The space lacks any character or charm.

After: Charming Cottage Kitchen

For a kitchen that's as practical as it is pretty, cabinets reach ceiling high and there is a very large island (countertops for days!). The refrigerator is integrated into the look with a white front.

Before: Lackluster, Narrow Space

Before its renovation, the kitchen of this Jamestown, Rhode Island, cottage featured dark red cabinets and a single small window. During the renovation, the design team lightened and brightened the entire home, embracing its coastal locale with a breezy, cool color palette.

After: Radiant Remodel

The kitchen of this charming Jamestown, Rhode Island, cottage was once dim and closed off, with a narrow window. Post-renovation, it's light, bright and open, with integrated appliances, a petite island and crisp white cabinetry that extends to the ceiling for maximum storage.

Before: Dull and Lifeless

This big kitchen features lots of cabinets, a central island, but lacks any defining style.

After: Brilliant in Blue

This formerly dark and uninteresting kitchen gets a whole new life with beautiful blue cabinetry, delicate pendants and roman shades with a subtle graphic print. The backsplash is the star of the room: gray tiles in a herringbone pattern.

Before: Much-Needed Makeover

This outdated space features paneling, wallpaper and carpeting is ready for a much-needed makeover.

After: White & Gray Family Space

Designed for the whole family to gather around, the gray kitchen island centers the space and is clad in clean white countertops. Exposed bulb pendant lights illuminate the surface. The kitchen features an open floor plan that combines the breakfast nook and homework area.

Before: Refresh Required

Builder basic cabinets and laminate countertops were ready to be modernized in this kitchen.

After: Chic Contemporary Kitchen

Soft gray cabinets pair with clean white countertops for a chic, contemporary kitchen. Stainless steel appliances complete the look.

Before: Outdated Cottage

The outdated breakfast nook is going to find new life as a chic cottage kitchen.

After: Remodeled Kitchen is Heart of the Home

Exposed ceiling beams brings a rustic note to this bright-white cottage kitchen. The long center island adds more prep and storage space to the kitchen, and is also designed for the whole family to gather.

Before: Closed-Off Kitchen

The closed-off kitchen with outdated cabinets, countertops and flooring needs a new look.

After: Open and Bright Family Kitchen

The vaulted ceiling expands the overall size of this all-white kitchen, which is designed to be a family-friendly heart of the home. A huge navy island accommodates the kids' baseball team and hides scuff marks, as well as adds color to the space. The barstools are chosen because they're easy to wipe clean. Tucked in the corner is a cozy banquette breakfast nook.

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