Before and After: A Light, Bright Kitchen Makeover

A dated kitchen in Edmond, OK, gets a stunning update. HGTV Magazine takes you inside.

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January 12, 2024
Modern Dining Nook With a Glass Table and Yellow Chairs

Dining Area in a Transitional Kitchen

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Photo by: Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker

The kitchen in Alesia and Todd Clark's Edmond, Oklahoma, house “never felt like us,” says Alesia. “It had rooster print wallpaper — not exactly the timeless, modern look we like!” Plus, the couple love to entertain and wanted a room that would give them plenty of space to host more friends. Instead of rushing into a redesign when the couple embarked on a whole-house makeover in 2018, Alesia, a pharmaceutical sales rep, insisted on waiting until she created a design plan she loved. They started the nine-month-long kitchen renovation in 2020.

Beige Wallpapered Kitchen With Yellow-Toned Cabinets

Before: A Dated, Wallpapered Kitchen

HGTV Magazine shares the amazing before and after of this '90s kitchen.

Photo by: Courtesy of homeowner

Courtesy of homeowner

Before: Rooster wallpaper, a grapevine border and yellow-ish cabinets made this space feel stuck in the '90s. The awkward shape of the bar didn't allow for efficient use of the counter space.


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Transitional Black and White Kitchen With a Custom Range Hood

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Photo by: Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker

The Details

Clean Palette

The first step: Give the kitchen sleek, timeless colors. They brightened the space with a mix of charcoal and white cabinets (Iron Ore and Pure White by Sherwin-Williams) and a Bedrosians tile backsplash.

Black and White Kitchen Makeover With Modern and Traditional Design

Oklahoma Family's Neutral, Transitional Kitchen Makeover

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Photo by: Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker

Big Island

Counter space was No. 1 on the Clarks’ upgrade list. Todd, vice president of a construction company, does most of the cooking. “He likes to invent meals on the fly and needs room to spread out,” says Alesia. Designer Valerie Helgeson from Design Directions suggested the white leather barstools from Sunpan: “They’re prime seating when we entertain,” Alesia says.

Statement Lighting

Alesia didn’t ask for Todd’s opinion on the Bowery + Grove pendants. “I loved them so much, and I didn’t want anyone to tell me no,” she says. Their brushed brass accents complement the Delta faucet and cabinet pulls from Amerock.

Drink Station in a Transitional Kitchen With Modern Yellow Chairs

Transitional Kitchen With a Beverage Station

HGTV Magazine presents this transitional kitchen makeover with modern yellow dining chairs, black and white cabinets and a drink station.

Photo by: Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker

Beverage Station

Alesia makes seltzer here, and the under-counter fridge comes in handy when friends stop by to watch football: It holds beer, water and cocktail mixers. “Todd is very serious about keeping it stocked and neat,” says Alesia.

Beige, Outdated Eat-In Kitchen

Before: A Dated Dining Area

HGTV Magazine shares the amazing before and after of this '90s breakfast nook.

Photo by: Courtesy of homeowner

Courtesy of homeowner

Before: This half of the room was underutilized and lacked style.

Black and White Kitchen With Modern, Yellow Dining Chairs

Cool Dining Area in a Black and White, Transitional Kitchen

HGTV Magazine has all the details on this light, bright kitchen makeover, including the modern lighting, black and white cabinets and beverage station.

Photo by: Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker

Pop of Yellow

Alesia and Todd chose to continue the cabinetry and countertop to the adjacent dining area for more storage and counter space. A glass table with a wire base keeps this area feeling open and airy, while the mustard dining chairs add pizzazz. The chandelier echoes the pendants over the island to tie everything together.

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