25 Amazing Room Makeovers from HGTV's House Hunters Renovation
Some house hunters look for move-in ready properties, but buyers on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation look for spaces they can put their own stamp on. See how they transform run-down or ordinary houses into beautiful homes.
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August 26, 2015
By: Jennifer Brake
BEFORE: This 1930s Spanish-style bungalow had plenty of vintage charm but needed some modern updates in the kitchen. The homeowners wanted to keep some of the original details while upgrading the appliances and fixing some plumbing issues.
AFTER: New black cabinets contrast beautifully with white marble countertops while gleaming stainless steel appliances and a farmhouse sink add functionality. The kitchen's close proximity to the breakfast nook and adjacent formal dining room make the home perfect for entertaining.
BEFORE: This master bedroom was small and, with just one tiny closet on the back wall, lacked adequate storage space. The only natural light trickled in through a single window, and entrance into the room was awkward since you had pass through another bedroom to get there.
AFTER: The small window was replaced with sliding doors that lead to a newly landscaped backyard, and the doorway into the room was moved to allow entry from the hallway. The decor mixes modern elements with vintage pieces like the chandelier and side tables.
BEFORE: This tile work may have looked nice at some point, but now it was just dirty and stained. In addition to tearing out the tiles, the homeowners wanted to make this half bath whole by knocking down a wall and installing a shower.
Art Deco Style
AFTER: A strip of geometric black and green tiles pop against white tiles that make the bathroom look cleaner and larger. The window casing and trim got a coat of black paint to match and a shower was installed on the opposite wall.
BEFORE: The kitchen in this ranch-style home was a little small and outdated for the homeowners' needs. They planned to customize the space by opening it up to the living room to create a more open floor plan.
AFTER: The kitchen is much brighter and more spacious with the open floor plan that connects it to the living room. Taking away the awkward storage cabinets on the right wall provided space for a new dining nook with rustic wood panels and a built-in bench.
Full of Potential
BEFORE: This master bedroom had a lot of space to work with, but the old carpet, popcorn ceiling and brass ceiling fan simply had to go.
AFTER: Neutral blues make up a calming color palette and occasional pops of color add visual interest. Wall-to-wall carpet was replaced with dark hardwood floors and two area rugs separate the bedroom from a sitting area.
Boring Bay Windows
BEFORE: The bay windows were a fantastic bonus feature in the master bedroom, but the space lacked character and the shutters blocked more light than they let in.
Deluxe Seating Area
AFTER: What was once a plain set of bay windows is now a cozy nook that's perfect for curling up with a good book or having guests over for a chat.
BEFORE: With wood paneling and carpeting throughout, this home needed to be brought into the 21st century. The homeowners also didn't like that the kitchen was small and cut off from the rest of the house.
AFTER: The space was overhauled to open up the kitchen onto the living room. Wood laminate flooring replaced the carpet and a distinctive caged light fixture hangs over the table.
BEFORE: Old-fashioned cabinets, light fixtures and appliances plagued this run-down kitchen and would need to be replaced before the family prepared any meals here.
AFTER: The space was entirely renovated, closing the door on the back wall before installing wood laminate flooring, white Shaker cabinets and a glossy subway-tile backsplash. The overall result of the remodel is an open, bright and modern kitchen.
BEFORE: This bathroom was a double-whammy bathroom faux pas with carpet on the floor and flowery wallpaper on the walls. The powder blue shower was another unwelcome blast-from-the-past that the homeowners wanted to get rid of right away.
Simple and Clean
AFTER: Once the wallpaper and carpet were removed, a new vanity, medicine cabinet, and subway tiles in the glass shower were installed to create a bright, modern bathroom.
Plenty of Possibilities
BEFORE: A spacious living room with a fireplace and beautiful stained glass bay window looks out onto the street from this 1930s home. The original hardwood floors need to be refinished, but this living room would be an easy fix with just a few upgrades.
AFTER: Neutral basics like the matching grey sofas provide a simple palette with warm-toned accents in the pillows and drapery. The fireplace is painted grey to make it stand out from the wall and become the focal point of the room.
BEFORE: This master bathroom was too cramped and doubled as a laundry area. The door would be sealed off and the two tiny windows would be expanded to let in more natural light.
BEFORE: The bathroom was small and compartamentalized with separate spaces for the tub, toilet and sink. Baths were the only option since there was no standing shower.
AFTER: All existing interior walls were taken out and the laundry units were moved to a different part of the house. A refinished clawfoot tub, the double vanity with quartz countertops and stone-tile heated floors make this master bath a welcoming retreat.
AFTER: There was room for an expansive shower with a bench once the separate spaces were made into one. The shower is a mix of modern glass and stone geometric tile with a vintage feel, and new built-in shelves by the toilet provide extra storage.
Nice Amenities, No Style
BEFORE: The master bedroom had a large closet and attached bathroom, but carpet was hiding the original hardwood floors and the 360 degrees of beige walls were lifeless and boring.
AFTER: The restored floor's golden wood provides a beautiful natural palette for the furniture and a deep blue accent wall spices up the space. A unique hanging chandelier and mirrored side tables add the polishing touches to the room.
BEFORE: This extra bedroom would be converted into a home office, but it was pretty lackluster and unmotivating as is. A small balcony accessible through a sliding glass door was the only perk in this drab room.
Burst of Energy
AFTER: The blank space became a contemporary office with a bright blue-green color on the walls that sets off the sleek, black furniture. A full-length mirror placed on the wall opposite of the sliding glass door brings in more light and helps foster productivity.
BEFORE: This corner was just wasted space, but the homebuyers envisioned it as a customized breakfast nook.
AFTER: A jewel-cut chandelier accentuates the cove ceilings and echoes the scalloped pattern on the cabinet doors in the adjoining kitchen.
BEFORE: This guest bedroom had an average-sized closet, a small window and bamboo flooring.
AFTER: The finished room has a French B&B style with toile fabrics, vintage furniture and crown moulding details. A dresser was moved into the closet space that was painted a dark blue to add depth.
BEFORE: While this bathroom offered plenty of storage space, it lacked character and privacy. The tub needed to be replaced along with the dated light fixture and vanity.
Gorgeous Guest Bath
AFTER: Once the tub was replaced, cool grey paint was added ot the walls and the homeowner's grandmother's desk was repurposed into a sleek bathroom cabinet. Updated fixtures and a vessel sink are the final modern touches that polish off the space.
A Tall Order
BEFORE: This master bedroom suite was built out of a converted attic, giving it a lot of architectural charm with ultra high ceilings. The suite includes a small bathroom, French doors that lead out to a multi-level deck and dormer windows on two sides of the house.
AFTER: The laminate flooring was replaced with hardwoods, and industrial pendants accompany the natural light from the French doors to illuminate the room. For practicality, built-in bookshelves, a large trunk and a dark-wood dresser provide ample storage space.
BEFORE: While the buyers liked the open space, the laminate floor, tile countertops and awkwardly-spaced cabinets were all in line to be replaced.
"Granny Chic" Aesthetic
AFTER: The new kitchen is spacious and functional, combining a contemporary look and with a "Granny Chic" feel. Stainless steel appliances, a Carrara marble bartop, and a delicately tiled backsplash with a built-in pot filler behind the stove make the space both beautiful and practical.
BEFORE: This master bathroom looked more like a neglected guest bath at best, with cheap-looking cabinets, countertops and floor tiles. The layout was awkward and disjointed, with the toilet and shower in a back section and a small tub and vanity in front.
Tasteful Feature Wall
AFTER: With the back wall torn down, the space looks like the stylish master bath it's meant to be. The homeowners opted to remove the bathtub completely to make room for one huge shower. Dark wood slats form a warm feature wall behind the new vanity contrasting with the cool blues and greys of the shower tile.
BEFORE: This spacious spare bedroom was a bit too barn-like. The scale of the room and vaulted ceilings were indeed impressive, but the room cried out to be a little less rustic and a little more chic.
AFTER: Since the bedroom wasn't being used, the buyers created a giant custom walk-in closet, mixing elements of rusticity with glam details.
BEFORE: This dated kitchen was saddled with old flooring, cabinets and fixtures. Its vintage charm was being downplayed by an all-brown color scheme and chipping backsplash.
AFTER: The cabinets were resurfaced, new countertops and stone flooring were installed and the dishwasher was replaced. The stairs also got a facelift with darker carpet that contrasts nicely with the kitchen's light color scheme.
BEFORE: These glass-front built-in cabinets were beautiful but needed some updating.
AFTER: The cabinets were given new life with a little sanding and a few coats of grey paint. Now they provide essential, stylish storage in the kitchen.
No Sweat Repairs
BEFORE: With the floors in great shape, all this bedroom needed was a fresh coat of paint, updated furnishings and a way to hide the protruding air conditioner unit in the window.
AFTER: Mixed patterns in complementary colors of orange and blue create a fun palette that's not overbearing or too subtle. The dark trim was painted white, making the wood panels of the back wall stand out more prominently.
BEFORE: An antique stove, popcorn ceilings and dated cabinets are just a few elements the homeowners wanted to remove to modernize the kitchen. They planned to remove the bar to open up the kitchen to the informal adjoining dining room.
AFTER: The renovated kitchen is a functional and comfortable space with a combination of mixed metals, sleek white cabinets and countertops, and new stainless steel appliances. A long kitchen island and barstools were added to the center of the room for easy food prep and extra dining space.