Budget-Friendly Before-and-After Kitchen Makeovers
Kitchen remodeling is notorious for being expensive, but not all projects have to break the bank. Check out these stylish, wallet-smart transformations from DIY Network's hit show I Hate My Kitchen.
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March 23, 2015
Before: White on White
This kitchen's monochromatic countertops, cabinets and floors all scream "bland." The cabinet boxes are in decent shape, but they could definitely use a new look.
After: Brimming With Style
Rather than buying all-new cabinets, custom doors and drawer fronts were added to the existing boxes to create an updated look while saving tons of cash. Recycled glass countertops, a stylish light fixture and an easy-to-install stainless-steel backsplash add contemporary flair.
Before: Flavorless Space
This outdated kitchen is in dire need of some visual interest. Nothing makes a statement in this space, from the stained laminate countertops to the plain cabinets.
After: A Luxurious Look for Less
Beautiful details and finishes are key to an upscale kitchen, but they don't have to cost a fortune. At $750, a backsplash made from stacked-stone panels adds a high-end look for a reasonable price. The gorgeous quartz countertops are a smart investment, since they never need to be resealed and will last for years.
Before: Crumbling Kitchen
This outdated kitchen is falling apart — the countertops are barely attached to the cabinets, and the walls are covered with a mixture of chipped blue paint and peeling layers of wallpaper.
After: A Work of Art
Creative, low-cost updates make this kitchen one of a kind. Inexpensive stock cabinets were styled with glass inserts and a coat of white paint, while a nature-inspired mural adds a ton of character for only $125. A custom-built walnut and steel tea cart and an exposed brick chimney add even more unique charm.
Before: Blast From the Past
With cracked, stained countertops, worn-out flooring and outdated cabinets, this kitchen is stuck in the 1950s. Plus, the peninsula takes up too much space and makes the room feel cramped.
After: Sleek and Modern
Modular granite tiles are a great option for creating a a high-end look on a budget. Not only are they easy to install, but they also cost thousands of dollars less than a granite slab. Stylish, aluminum-frame doors breathe new life into the existing cabinets. Finally, removing the peninsula opens up the kitchen and makes room for a new dishwasher.
Before: Cramped Kitchen
Who would want to cook in such a closed-in space? Short on storage, counter space and style, this kitchen isn't particularly welcoming.
After: Ready for Entertaining
Knocking down a wall and adding a large, arched entryway was a dramatic and cost-effective change for this kitchen, transforming it into an open and inviting space for just $710. A new peninsula provides extra seating, while a chandelier, a glass-tile backsplash and wall decals add a bit of glitz and glamour.