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Before & After:: Beautiful Kitchens

Don’t you just love a good kitchen makeover? I do! And what I love even more is seeing kitchen makeovers on a budget, where most of the main elements are re-used.

I’ve come across some really amazing makeovers lately, and thought I’d pass them along to you for inspiration.

This first kitchen is from Sweet Something Design, and it started out looking like this…

And now, it looks like this…

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That doesn’t even look like the same kitchen, does it?! I really like the black lower cabinets with the white upper cabinets. Also notice how the tops of the cabinets were extended, and corbels were added underneath the upper cabinets.

This next before and after from Creatively Living Outside The Box ties right in to this week’s poll about open kitchen cabinets. I think even those of you who voted that you don’t really like open cabinets will still be able to appreciate the amazing difference this makes.

This cabinet started out looking like probably many of our cabinets on the inside, behind closed doors…things jumbled and piled, and certainly not anything you’d want on display.

After removing the doors, painting the back of the cabinets with chalkboard paint, and doing a bit of organizing, the cabinet now looks like this…

I think that’s a pretty remarkable makeover!

Can you handle more awesomeness? ‘Cause I have one more, this time from The Virginia House.

First, let’s take a look at how it started out…

It looked very dark and heavy, right? Well, not anymore! Take a look at the after…

Aren’t these great?! I think these homeowners did amazing jobs working with what they had and totally transforming their kitchens with paint, a few added details, and a bunch of creativity!



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    The O's
    March 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I asolutley love looking at pictures of before and after kitchens!! I'm obsessed with kitchens, love all the pictures!!

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    The British Homemaker
    March 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I'm a stalker, does that count as spamming when I finally comment? 😉 lol

    Anyhoo….I love seeing makeovers…just wish i had the time and talent to do stuff like that in my house!! 🙂

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    Rachael
    March 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I love it that you are following Creatively Living Outside the Box – she is fantastic!

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    Susanna
    March 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I LOVE the look of white upper cabinets and black or gray lower cabinets. These are great before and afters 🙂

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    iamwhatiam
    March 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I love the painted cabinets with the dark on the bottom & lighter color on top. 🙂

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    Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    March 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Wow – even though these kitchen makeovers are so different, I love them both! They are both so tidy and organized, to boot. I just found your blog & am so addicted. I'm your newest follower.

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    Cammee
    March 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    These are great. I love the color used on the bottom cabinets in the last pictures.

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    NumberMonkey
    March 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I have such a soft spot for white china in open kitchen cabinets, just love it! I'm a little scared of painting kitchen cabinets. We live in Texas and have been told that Texans love wood and it would affect the resale value of our home if we painted… Any opinions on this?

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    Anne
    March 23, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I hope someday my kitchen will have such a wonderful and drastic before and after! I'm in hate with everything about my kitchen, and I'm very, very, very slowly starting to fix some of it. 😀

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    March 23, 2011 at 4:04 am

    NumberMonkey, I'M in Texas!! 🙂 Just remember…not ALL wood is good. For example, the blonde oak cabinets from the 80s (that by now have turned orange) are NOT good for resale. If you have those, by all means, paint them!!

    However, if you have something current, then the wood finish can definitely be good for resale. But I would certainly differ with the assessment that "Texans love wood." Some wood…yes. Some wood…definitley not.

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    kim
    March 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I love this post since I am about to undertake a major project. I cannot for the life of me decide whether to leave the pretty wood cabinets or paint them. I live in the mountains and it seems "just wrong" to paint natural wood 🙂
    But it looks so good. My appliances are new and will be going with me and they are black and as you can see the kitchen is small. I hope to be featured on your site someday with my before and after so all suggestions are appreciated. Love this blog.

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    Fitted kitchen
    March 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I'm a of painting kitchen cabinets. They live in Illinois and was told that the Texans love tree and this would affect the value of resale of our home if they.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    April 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    NumberMonkey, I'M in Texas!! 🙂 Just remember…not ALL wood is good. For example, the blonde oak cabinets from the 80s (that by now have turned orange) are NOT good for resale. If you have those, by all means, paint them!!

    However, if you have something current, then the wood finish can definitely be good for resale. But I would certainly differ with the assessment that "Texans love wood." Some wood…yes. Some wood…definitley not.

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    Susanna
    April 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I LOVE the look of white upper cabinets and black or gray lower cabinets. These are great before and afters 🙂

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    The British Homemaker
    April 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I'm a stalker, does that count as spamming when I finally comment? 😉 lol

    Anyhoo….I love seeing makeovers…just wish i had the time and talent to do stuff like that in my house!! 🙂

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