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Five Inspiring Kitchen Makeovers And Remodels (Before & After)

Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

I’m still making progress on my own kitchen remodel, but I’m at a point where showing daily progress would be incredibly boring.  (The taping and mudding of drywall seems to be never ending.)  So I thought that I’d share some of my favorite (finished!) kitchen makeovers to inspire you.

Tracy at Beneath My Heart has one of my favorite kitchen makeovers ever.  They did all of the work themselves on this floor to ceiling makeover, and did everything on a very reasonable budget.

Here’s the before:

kitchen makeover - Beneath My Heart - before

And here’s the after:

kitchen makeover - Beneath My Heart - after

Click here to see much more of this makeover from Beneath My Heart.

Jenna at Rain On A Tin Roof also has an amazing kitchen makeover.  Here’s what she started out with…

kitchen makeover - Rain On A Tin Roof - before

And here’s the after…

kitchen makeover - Rain On A Tin Roof - after

There’s plenty more to see of this makeover at Rain On A Tin Roof.

One of my favorite things about this kitchen makeover from House For Five is that the base cabinets aren’t white.  I love a pretty white kitchen as much as the next person, but y’all know I love color, so it always excites me to see someone branching out and using something other than white in a kitchen.

Here’s how this kitchen started out…

kitchen makeover - House For Five - before

And here’s the kitchen after its makeover…

kitchen makeover - House For Five - after

You can see all of the details at House For Five.

This kitchen makeover from Cape 27 included removing walls and replacing pretty much everything from the floor up, and it still came in at just under $10,000.  Here’s how it started out…

kitchen makeover - Cape 27 Blog - before

And here’s the remodeled kitchen…

kitchen makeover - Cape 27 Blog - after

You can see much more of this remodel here, and check out the budget breakdown for this kitchen here.

And finally, Melissa from The Inspired Room has a beautiful kitchen makeover, and again, I love that she used a color other than white.  Here’s how it started out…

kitchen makeover - The Inspired Room - before

And here’s the gorgeous after…

kitchen makeover - The Inspired Room - after

You can click here to see all of the details of this kitchen remodel from The Inspired Room.

Are you feeling inspired to make some changes in your kitchen?  I’m hoping to have some progress to show you tomorrow on my own kitchen!


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    May 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

    i love the first one the best. i love white cabinets. i guess because i have dark cabinets and i hate them and no money to change them and mom and dad say i can not paint them.

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    May 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I LOVEEEEE the kitchen that did the white and navy/gray cabinets!! I want to do that in my kitchen and may take that on this summer!!

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      May 30, 2014 at 8:34 am

      LOL! I thought the same thing when I saw it! I don’t usually like two-toned cabinets but these are beautiful!

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    Mary Anne Looby
    May 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hi Kristi, thanks for the fun look at other kitchen DIY’s. They certainly put some blood, sweat and tears into each of them. They are all lovely in their own way. Also thanks for not posting tons of mudding pics, probably not the most fun to look at, however would like to see a small diy of you doing it. You make it sound easy, but I understand it is not quite so(at least that what my husband says!). Not something I have ever tackled in a large project. I would say have fun, but I guess this is not the fun part! Like me this week, prepping some pieces for paint and distressing wax, gotta do the work first. Wipe down with mineral spirits, clean out the drawers, check for anything that really does need sanding, removing all the hardware. All that takes so long. The painting is the easy part. Hope to have the bedroom pieces completed by the end of next week. Looking forward to your progress. Mary Anne

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    May 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    LUV the Cape 27 Makeover — all that lovely SPACE opened up!

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    May 30, 2014 at 6:18 am

    These are so inspiring! I want to remodel my kitchen, and have a pretty good idea of how I want it to end up, but don’t even know where to start. I feel like I’m on the lip of the pool, paralyzed at taking that first step.

    My problem is that the kitchen ceiling is low. For example, if you look at the first picture you posted you will see where the ceiling is lowered to right above the cabinets. Well, the whole ceiling in my kitchen has been lowered to that point across the whole room!

    Our house is built on a cement slab (no basement or crawl space) so I believe all our pipes, duct work, and electrical run right across the ceiling on our first floor. There is a 4 foot wide drop to the ceiling that runs from the garage across the den/office, into the kitchen (except the whole ceiling in the kitchen is dropped low), and on across the dining room.

    I hate it and didn’t even notice it as we were in a rush to buy our first house (military move). We’ll be living here for the rest of our lives, which makes me wish I had paid attention to this detail. However, we saw the house online, thought it had already sold, and were pleasantly surprised it was in the list of showings when we met with our realtor. We saw it, loved it, and have big dreams for it on little to no budget.

    Thank you for posting these wonderful before and after photos. It gives me inspiration to keep dreaming my dreams for my house.

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      Kristi Linauer
      May 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Karla, it’s kind of hard for me to envision your ceiling, but I have a ceiling in my house that I hate. It’s the one that’s in the breakfast room, and it sits about six inches lower than the ceiling in the kitchen and the rest of the house. I talked to a contractor about reframing it so that it could be raised up to 8 feet like the rest of the house, and I was surprised that the price he gave me was nothing like what I expected. It was considerably less. So you might contact a contractor about it, especially if you can find one that’s more independent and doesn’t have a huge, well-known company in your area. The small ones with just a few guys working for them generally price things much less. But they might be able to come up with a creative way to fix the ceiling and re-route whatever is up there creating the need for the drop down.

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    Elizabeth Sagarminaga
    June 23, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Amazing kitchen makeovers. These are so inspiring. One should get inspired from your innovative ideas. I love the first one the best. I love white cabinets. Looking forward to your progress. Great job.