Before-and-After Kitchen Makeovers From Rate My Space

Dreary kitchen getting you down? Take matters into your own hands and give your cooking space a makeover with inspiration from fellow DIY enthusiasts.

Photo By: HGTV fan zsolt

Photo By: HGTV fan zsolt

Photo By: HGTV fan AnneBub

Photo By: HGTV fan ejewell

Photo By: HGTV fan luckiwmn

Photo By: HGTV fan mayxu_2000

Photo By: HGTV fan MommyLoves

Photo By: HGTV fan paver

Photo By: HGTV fan RickandKristina

Photo By: HGTV fan SuzyQ8284

Photo By: HGTV fan SuzyQ8284

Photo By: HGTV fan young2by2

Photo By: HGTV fan young2by2

Photo By: HGTV fan Carolynar

Before: Stuck in the '80s

This homeowner grew weary of his circa-1980s kitchen and decided to take matters into his own hands. Sent by Rate My Space contributor zsolt.

After: Sleek, Modern Kitchen

This modern kitchen remodel features black cabinetry, sleek surfaces, hardwood and tiled floors, recessed lighting and a custom stone wall to provide a rich wine-cellar feel. Sent by Rate My Space contributor zsolt.

Before: Too Narrow

A small galley kitchen with narrow walls and crazy paint colors was about to push Rate My Space contributor AnneBub over the edge.

After: Open Kitchen Makeover

By knocking down the narrow wall, removing upper cabinets and installing skylights, a concrete countertop and glass-etile backsplash, Rate My Space contributor AnneBub achieved her dream kitchen makeover.

Before: A Bulk of Cabinets

Rate My Space contributor ejewell was tasked with updating a home for her church's new minister. This kitchen, with its crowded cabinets and drab colors, was one of the home's biggest challenges.

After: Cheery and Cheap

With just a few dollars and donated supplies, Rate My Space contributor ejewell lightened and brightened the space by removing cabinetry, painting the walls with cheery colors and custom fitting curtains purchased at the Salvation Army.

Before: Red Nightmare

Rate My Space contributor luckiwmn credits her husband with updating her sister-in-law's kitchen, last remodeled in the early 1990s.

After: A White Remodel

A raised ceiling and removal of a wall opened up and lightened the space. Granite countertops, traditional cabinetry and stainless steel appliances complete the look.

Before: Dark and Boring

Dark oak cabinetry and boring accents were getting the better of Rate My Space contributor mayxu_2000.

After: DIY Lighting and Backsplash

Rate My Space contributor mayxu_2000 and her husband hired a contractor to reface cabinetry. But they did the work themselves when it came to installing the eye-catching, three-light fixture and mosaic-tile backsplash.

Before: 12 Years of Clutter

Rate My Space contributor MommyLoves made due with the same dull kitchen cabinets and appliances for 12 years until she was able to completely remodel it into a dream come true.

After: Brand New Elegance

Rate My Space contributor MommyLoves has a brand new kitchen complete with all-new cabinetry, a travertine and marble backsplash and new windows brighten the elegant space.

Before: Nothing Special

Stock cabinetry in a drab, dark finish, track lighting and sloppy countertop tiling were less than inspiring to Rate My Space contributor paver.

After: A Dreamy Kitchen

Granite countertops, a glass-tile backsplash and a conduction cooktop transform the not-so-special cooking area into Rate My Space contributor paver's dream come true.

Before: In Need of a Quick Remodel

It took Rate My Space contributor RickandKristina only three months to remodel this outdated kitchen. The makeover was both affordable and effective.

After: French-Country Makeover

Rate My Space contributor RickandKristina accomplished a French-country makeover by hand-painting and glazing the cabinets, adding crown and picture molding to the cabinetry, installing recessed and under-cabinet lighting and designing a unique ceramic-tile layout.

Before: Flower Wallpaper

Black appliances and flower-print wallpaper were just a few features Rate My Space contributor SuzyQ8284 disliked about her kitchen.

After: A Major Remodel

Rate My Space contributor SuzyQ8284's dramatic room reinvention included refinishing the hardwood floor, installing new cabinetry, and updates to the lighting, tile and countertop. A budget-chic trick? This homeowner updated the look of her 15-year-old Sub-Zero refrigerator by installing a stainless steel cover.

Before: Outdated Kitchen

Rather than move to a brand-new home with a modern kitchen, Rate My Space contributor young2by2 decided to stay put and strip the kitchen down to the studs.

After: Stainless Steel Update

Rate My Space contributor young2by2's new-and-improved kitchen space includes a freezer and refrigerator, a five-burner induction cooktop, a 10-inch-deep stainless-steel kitchen sink, CaesarStone countertops and a stainless steel dishwasher.

Before: Grape Countertops

A low star rating on this Rate My Space photo prompted contributor Carolynar to ditch her outdated oak kitchen cabinets and grape-accented countertop tile.

After: Dark and Chic

Rate My Space contributor Carolynar's new kitchen features dark, Shaker-style cabinetry with frosted-glass door panels, a granite and quartz countertop, self-closing drawers and doors and a stainless-steel sink.

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