When Boston-area native Jessica Bruno moved her family into her parents' house, she knew she wanted to lighten up the kitchen. "It is my parents' house, so we discuss decorating and construction projects first," says Jessica. "I can swing a sledgehammer, but I don't want them to be upset when they get home!"
Everyone was on board with this dramatic kitchen overhaul: Jessica sanded, primed and painted the cabinets to take them from dated brown to clean white, then used glass tile for the backsplash.
To counteract the lack of natural light, Jessica painted her dark cabinets a crisp white.
A striped indoor/outdoor rug draws the eye from the kitchen into the dining room and perks up plain cream floor tiles.
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Making meals was exhausting for Linda Quirk of Caledonia, MI. "If I wanted to make dinner, my first thought was, 'Oh, my gosh, I have to find all that stuff,'" says Linda. Her tunnel-like, 2-foot-deep cabinets harbored stray Tupperware, expired salad dressing and even oatmeal she'd just asked her husband to buy.
ShelfGenie replaced shelves with drawers to bring the farthest reaches to light, so Linda can access the back foot of every cabinet—an extra 6 cubic feet of usable space in the pantry alone!
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The counters and cabinets in this kitchen needed a chic update, but the vintage stove had too much charm and potential to get rid of.
The homeowner kept the kitchen's old Chambers stove and cabinets—now improved with new fronts and a coat of Benjamin Moore's Patriotic White—but jettisoned the Formica counters and dark backsplash in favor of marble and white subway tiles.
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Old cabinetry and tile counters covered this kitchen before its renovation.
The cabinets and surfaces were swapped in favor of Ikea units painted Barely Beige by Benjamin Moore and topped with zinc. Above, open shelving displays collectibles alongside everyday dishware. The ceiling is painted Creamy White by Benjamin Moore.
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The homeowners of this Austin house ripped out the cabinets in the kitchen in favor of open shelving and freestanding furnishings.
The homeowners replaced the awkward upper cabinets with shelving that makes the most of the kitchen's pitched ceiling. They also ditched the lower cabinets for freestanding components, including a stainless steel rolling island and a mango-wood Crate & Barrel console fitted with a marble top.
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Designer T. Keller Donovan was up for the challenge of renovating a dark and drab Florida kitchen into a brighter, more modern space. "All that '70s oak made me claustrophobic," he says.
Instead of replacing the cabinets, Donovan painted the existing ones white, and to save on budget, he kept the floors. But he did decide to replace the all-black appliances. "They just don't work in Florida," he says.
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The kitchen of this Bee Cottage in East Hampton, Long Island, needed a total overhaul.
When beginning a kitchen design, the first step is to determine your stove-sink-fridge triangle. Next, take stock of all your kitchenware and whatever else you'll need to store in your kitchen. Map out where everything will go according to how often you use it and how accessible it needs to be. Configure cabinets and drawers accordingly. --Frances Shultz
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