Being thrifty also can help you find fixtures with a history. DIY blogger Dena Stormer snapped up this ceramic light fixture, from a Luby’s cafeteria, for just $40 at a flea market in Texas. All it needed was a gloss white paint to freshen it up. She made the calendar/diner sign and crafted curtains using vintage chintz fabric.
To create a unique for this America's Most Desperate Kitchens Renovation, John and Anthony used black, white and gray hexagonal tiles to create a striking floor and ceiling height backsplash. The tile floor spills into the living room, where wood cutouts connect the kitchen to the renovated living room.
This kitchen redesign, as featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchen, features new, ceiling height cabinets and a large kitchen island. The island is four feet deep, leaving plenty of space for storage, and twelve feel deep, adding an informal dining space which removed the need for a formal dining room, so designers incorporated the former dining room space into the kitchen to make it larger and more functional.
John and Anthony, from America's Most Desperate Kitchen, took a small, outdated kitchen and opened it into the living room to create an open, contemporary space that is perfect for cooking, dining and entertaining.
The shelves and frames for the custom barn doors in this kitchen have been stained to match the cabinets and the base for the kitchen island. The natural color of the wood is infused with a hint of charcoal to coordinate these details with the cabinets and the gray and white tile floor and wall. As seen on America's Most Desperate Kitchens.
To create a polished look in this remodeled kitchen, designers added a stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and sink. A stainless steel range hood is suspended just above the center of the kitchen island, its geometric design complementing that of the hexagonal tiles. On the back wall above the sink, open shelving creates functional, convenient storage for easy access to dishes.
As seen on HGTV's America's Most Desperate Kitchens, a closet at the opposite end of the kitchen was converted into a pantry and is concealed by a custom barn door. The sink remains in the same place, but it the old, lackluster sink was replaced with a stainless steel apron front sink with a brushed finished. All the appliances in the space, including the sink, were upgraded to pro-level appliances, creating a chef's kitchen out of an outdated, cramped space.
Find a new use for old and unused items. In this kitchen in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques," a vintage step stool, repurposed as a table that now holds a bowl of lemons, fills an empty space leading into the pantry. To further the retro aesthetic, the walls are painted a light shade of green, and subway tile is used as the backsplash.
Kitchens serve as not only a place to prepare meals, but also a main gathering space in the home. Look through these pictures for great kitchen design ideas and be inspired to create a new look for your kitchen.