Breathtaking Kitchen, Living Room and Master Suite Transformations

Browse before-and-after photos of style-starved spaces transformed by the Run My Makeover crew.
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November 25, 2014

Before: Cluttered Catchall

The Van Bekes' basement family room was essentially a catchall: Exercise equipment, kids' toys and storage had taken over the space.

After: Stylish Hangout

The basement is transformed into a sophisticated space for get-togethers with guests and spending time together as a family. A wall of custom built-ins provides ample storage while walls painted with Valspar Toffee Glaze paint warms up the space.

Before: Too-Colorful Kitchen

The Krajewskis' kitchen was short on square footage but had tons of personality courtesy of an eye-popping palette of primary colors.

After: Streamlined Sophistication

High-end features like stainless appliances, cherry cabinets and a quartz countertop topped with a classic subway-tile backsplash turn this kitchen into a chef's dream workspace.

Before: Kids' Playroom

The Masters' basement had been taken over by kids' toys. Composed of two separate rooms, the family also uses this area for watching movies.

After: Parents' Sanctuary

The fireplace wasn't much of a design feature before; now it's the focal point of the couple's chic master suite. A hanging lantern over the bed is an unexpected but stylish addition while walls painted with Valspar Withered Moss create a restful backdrop.

Before: Builder-Grade Kitchen

Too small for two cooks, the homeowners would like to expand their kitchen into the adjacent dining and living areas, plus give all three spaces a polished new look.

After: A Cut Above the Rest

Maple cabinets with an Irish creme finish, quartz countertops and Valspar Seafoam Storm paint give the open kitchen, dining and living room a serenely sophisticated vibe. Natural bamboo flooring runs throughout all three spaces.

Before: Dingy and Disjointed

This master bathroom is big on square footage but short on style. It consists of three separate areas: a walk-in closet (on the right), small shower/toilet area (at the end) and a long vanity area with dual sinks. As part of the makeover, the homeowners would like a better configuration of the space.


The bathroom is given a timeless update with classic black-and-white marble tile, dual pedestal sinks and neutral tile flooring. Valspar Jekyll Grand Dining Sea Mist paint freshens up the space and contributes to the room's tranquil, spa-like feel.

Before: Lots of Space, Little Style

This master suite is truly massive, currently consisting of a sprawling bedroom but a tiny closet and bathroom. The homeowners would like a more functional floor plan.

After: Form and Function

The master suite is reimagined with an improved layout and high-end touches like a wall of built-ins and a custom-designed and constructed tufted headboard that is extra tall for added comfort when reading in bed. The bedroom's hand-scraped hardwood flooring adds a rustic touch while the room's palette stays neutral with Valspar Arid Plains paint.

Before: Lacking in Storage

Homeowner Ashley Ellis operates a bakery out of the family's storage-starved kitchen. In addition to updating the kitchen's '70s style, the Ellises need a designated area for the home bakery and energy-efficient appliances.

After: Open for Business

What a transformation: No space is wasted in accommodating Ashley's home bakery while providing a stylish new look and more functional flow for family meal prep. Quartz countertops and golden teak hardwood flooring gleam while walls painted in Valspar Coastal Jetty give the room a fresh and airy look.

Before: Style-Searching Master Suite

This master suite has a major case of the blahs. Outdated furniture and a lack of light make the bedroom feel cold while a cramped en suite bathroom makes getting ready a challenge for the homeowners.

After: Chic and Contemporary

The bedroom is considerably brightened up with Valspar Autumn Fog paint and a neutral voile quilt and shams. A long, low dresser and clean-lined nightstands suit the couple's contemporary tastes and provide plenty of storage. The cramped and disjointed bathroom is also reconfigured so it better suits the homeowners' needs.

Before: Dark and Dated

The cramped kitchen is adjacent to the dining room, and a small doorway separates the two rooms, creating a choppy flow. Homeowners Gerry and Alia Beauchamp want to remove the wall to extend the kitchen and create an open space for entertaining.

After: Polished and Ready to Party

Maple kitchen cabinets with curving nickel pulls and sleek modern styling are topped with granite countertops. Eco-friendly cork flooring and Valspar Lyndhurst Gallery Beige paint, used in both rooms, visually unites the kitchen and dining areas.

Before: Full of Potential

A blank slate, this spacious basement is ready for its transformation into a party-ready game and entertainment space.

After: First-Rate Game Room

Caramel bamboo floors, streamlined lighting and Valspar Seafoam Storm paint make this bright and open space feel like anything but a basement. A pool table covered in platinum felt and a sectional in charcoal fabric complement the room's steely palette.

Before: Builder-Grade Kitchen

With a poor layout, crooked tile floor, 30-year-old stock cabinets and a mishmash of appliances, this kitchen needs a total overhaul.

After: Chef's Dream

High-end granite countertops, a traditional tin backsplash, handscraped hardwood flooring and custom-look cabinets that extend to the ceiling make this kitchen a space any chef would be happy to call home.

Before: Work in Progress

The News' unfinished basement has lots of potential but is currently used just for storage. The family loves to entertain and wants to fill this space with a large-screen TV and comfortable furnishings — an ideal setting for relaxing with friends and family.

After: Ready for Guests

Neutral Balleto carpet gives this basement the warmth the family desired while a wall of wood panels anchors the long space. A mini bar tucked into the corner of the room provides ready snacks for family and friends when they gather for watching movies.

Before: Little Girls' Playroom

Homeowners Mo Ivory and Stephen Bumpas created every little girl's fantasy in the family's spacious attic but now the girls have grown and the family wants this room's style to follow suit.

After: Adults' Playroom

Plush wall-to-wall Sandalwood carpet gives the attic an extra layer of soundproofing and comfort while a massive sectional provides plenty of seating for guests. Valspar Homestead Resort Parlor Sage is a good choice for the walls as its soft and airy color visually expands the space.

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