Here, white paint and rope pulls transformed off-the-rack cabinets, while humble butcher-block counters take the place of pricey marble or granite. DIY accents, like a tablecloth-turned-sink skirt, deliver one-of-a-kind style for a song. Glass jars keep pantry staples on open shelving.
Linoleum flooring, claustrophobia-inducing cabinets and overly-fussy window treatments proved outdated.
After Photo: Bjorn Wallander
Instead of ripping out all the existing cabinets, this homeowner simply changed out their fronts and painted everything bright white. Marble countertops and a backsplash of subway tiles offer a major improvement over the old dark formica.
Though the counters and cabinetry needed updating, the vintage stove was charming as is.
After Photo: William Waldron
By swapping out a wall of cabinets with a freestanding hutch, this homeowner gave her kitchen a "real room" feel. Underscoring the inviting vibe? A vintage chandelier and on-display kitchenware.
White paint brightened the room while uniting new and old cabinets.
Photos: Jonny Valiant
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