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Kitchen Renovations That Will Make You Want to Rip it All Up

Traditional Oak Cabinets - Before

Real wood cabinets are timeless; however, that awful blonde oak color has got to go. These oak cabinets are the calling card of an outdated kitchen. No matter how much you dress them up, they’re still the same old cabinets from the ‘90s. 

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Painted Cabinets - After

Switch up that traditional stain color for something a little different and match them with nice granite or marble countertops. If you’re a person that appreciates color in the kitchen, this may just be the look for you. 

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Dingy Formica - Before

Formica countertops are a cheap alternative to other materials--emphasis on the cheap! For most kitchens, it wouldn’t take more than a few grand to update your countertops, and it would really freshen up one of the most important spaces in your home. 

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Carrera Marble - After

Carrera marble is a timeless classic. If you’re looking for a classic and expensive look, check out the many variations of this gorgeous marble. We promise, your kitchen will thank you!

 

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Travertine Tile Backsplash - Before

Travertine took the design world by storm… in 2007. Seriously, it’s been 13 years and it’s time to switch it up. Travertine screams “Builder Grade” to anyone with an ounce of taste. Give this outdated stone the boot and opt for something better. 

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Mirrored Glass Backsplash - After

Glass and mirrored backsplashes are a beautiful way to give your kitchen a unique flare. Mirrored surfaces add another dimension to any space and moves light around creating more space to the eye. 

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Non-functional Island - Before

Having an island for the sake of having an island is a useless waste of space. Make sure your kitchen island is something that can be fully utilized either for storage or functionality!

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Usable Island - After

Consider adding a sink or small pullout appliances, like an additional dishwasher or drink fridge. Also make sure there is enough counter space for people to comfortably congregate in the kitchen, because you know they’re going to do it!

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Dingy Floor Tile - Before

It’s no secret that tile has been the go-to for several years, but, over time, that’s left us with some outdated tile that needs to be replaced. We know you spent a lot of time on replacing that linoleum in the early 2000’s, but we hate to tell you this… it’s been over 20 years since then. 

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Sandstone Tile - After

Sandstone is an expensive looking timeless tile that will keep your flooring in style for years to come. You can’t go wrong with bare materials, and sandstone is a neutral material that will accent any design. 

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Traditional Appliances - Before

If you’re still sporting those basic black and white appliances it’s time to step it up. The appliance world has taken major strides in technology and finishes in the last few years, and you may be missing out. 

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Smart Appliances - After

From beautiful finishes to new technology, smart appliances make cooking and cleaning in your kitchen a breeze. Forget about keeping up with expired groceries, your fridge does it for you! It truly is a time to be alive. 

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Tacky Cabinet Accents - Before

Ok, don’t get us wrong. We’re fans of elaborate woodworking as well, but your kitchen cabinets just may not be the place for it. Ornate molding and trim can overwhelm and lock you into an outdated kitchen. If this is the case, it may be time for a remodel. 

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Sleek Cabinet Designs - After

Keep your cabinets timeless with clean lines. Consider shaker style cabinet doors that reach all the way to the ceiling. If you’re a more is more type of person, go all out on your cabinet hardware. Just keep the cabinets themselves simple.

 

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Cheap Linoleum Flooring - Before

It’s seriously been over 40 years since linoleum was remotely acceptable. If you’re still living with these monsters, it’s time to bite the bullet and replace them. Think of the years of buildup and grime embedded on those floors. Gross!

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Luxury Vinyl Flooring - After

Luxury vinyl plank flooring gives you all the low maintenance durability of linoleum with the look of the real thing. Luxury vinyl, or LVT, is replacing linoleum, carpet, tile and even hardwood! We think LVT is here to stay, so don’t be afraid of the sticker price. 

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Basic Fluorescent Lighting - Before

Fluorescent lights belong in hospitals and warehouses, not your kitchen. Science has shown that blue light can strain your eyes and leave you feeling stressed and pressed! For a few hundred bucks, switch these out in a weekend. 

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Updated Overhead Fixtures - After

Overhead lighting is an amazing opportunity to make something functional, beautiful! Lighting is a relatively easy way to transform a room. 

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Dim Under Cabinet Workspaces - Before

Do you ever feel like working in your kitchen is like getting dressed in the dark? Under-cabinet counter space can be uncomfortable to work on considering the lack of light, leaving it useless. 

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Warm Task Lighting - After

Task lighting has become crucial in most kitchen remodels. Not only does it look good, but it also lets us see clearly while working in the kitchen. After all, when using sharp object while cooking, we should really be able to see what we’re doing. 

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Cluttered Countertops - Before

Yes, at the end of the day, a kitchen is a work space. However, it’s extremely hard to work in a cluttered area. Appliances, seasonings, and utensils can be stored on your counters, but this can make your kitchen feel cramped and unpleasant to work in. 

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Smart Storage Compartments - After

If you’re tired of having a cluttered kitchen, talk to your contractor about these amazingly useful storage compartments! You can hide appliances big and small, as well as everyday cooking utensils that need to be accessible.
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Builder Grade Cabinets - Before

If you’re looking to get the most from your kitchen, spend a little extra on something custom. This isn’t necessarily about the look of the cabinets, but custom cabinets can offer useful storage solutions that builder grade just can’t.

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Custom Built Cabinets - After

If you’re looking to get the most from your kitchen, spend a little extra on something custom. This isn’t necessarily about the look of the cabinets, but custom cabinets can offer useful storage solutions that builder grade just can’t. 

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Grimy Cabinet Pulls - Before

Listen, you’d be surprised at the caked-on grime that can build up on those old cabinet pulls. Dated and faded pulls will make your kitchen look and feel grimy and gross. Pulls are such an easy thing to replace; don’t live with these for another day!

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Gorgeous Cabinet Pulls - After

In a time where neutral and plain is the thing to do, add your personality to your space with gorgeous and unique cabinet pulls. Pulls are something so easy to replace if they fall out of favor, so it’s not a big deal if they aren’t everyone’s favorite. 

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Stained Porcelain Sinks - Before

Porcelain is classic, however if your porcelain sink is scratched, chipped or stained beyond repair, it’s time to put that thing out of its misery.  

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Large “Farmhouse” Sink - After

Spacious sinks are here to stay. No matter which style you chose, it’s size that matters here. These sinks can come in many different finishes like stainless steel, copper, porcelain, and even stone. 

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Electric Range - Before

There’s nothing more basic than a cheap electric range. Those glass hot plates were the thing to have in 2010, but we’ve moved on since then and you should too. 

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Gas Ranges - After

There’s something romantic about cooking on an open flame, and it’s something everyone can have. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, or thinking about your dream kitchen, think about a nice gas range. 

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