All cabinets and counter-tops were replaced, and new backsplash and appliances added. A new breakfast nook, with direct sight line from the kitchen, is now situated at the opposite end from where the old breakfast room had been.
In this renovated Louisiana kitchen featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, the curved countertop has been removed to provide the space with easy access to the family room. To create a more elegant space, old, outdated cabinets were replaced with bright white cabinets with a crown molding and a single raised panel for a more sophisticated look.
As seen on HGTV's Good Bones, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak removed a wall to enlarge this kitchen and bring it forward in the floor plan. The team added new, bright cabinets for plenty of storage and stainless steel appliances and dining table to make this space clean and modern. To give the kitchen a little color, teal dining chairs and live flowers were put in place, creating a warm, inviting contemporary kitchen.
If you can't afford new cabinets, just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware. And instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model. If not, laminate paper, which goes on like contact paper, can be used to re-cover the existing panel.
Cabinets can devour the bulk of a budget during a kitchen remodel. If you decide to reface rather than replace your cabinets, be forewarned: Doors and drawer fronts account for the greatest expense. "Sixty to 70 percent of the cost of the cabinet is the door," says Jeff Cannata, past president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and president of Designer's Showcase Kitchens & Baths Inc. in Carol Stream, Ill. "So, if you're paying someone to put a new door on or a new drawer in ... it might be more affordable to purchase all new cabinets." And with new cabinets, there's an added bonus: the freedom to explore different kitchen layouts.
The kitchen is large enough to hold this antique French cabinet, which Kay says is ideal for storing and displaying favorite serving items. "A large piece like this makes it easier to access these items, rather than storing them in a cabinet or shelf."
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It, designer Hilary Farr reconfigured the former dining room into a stunning kitchen by adding stainless steel appliances and dark cabinets that pop against the tiled backsplash. To keep some of the home's traditional character, crown molding was added to the new cabinets for a classic look.
Ceilings and bar areas are great spots for a rustic, barn-style aesthetic, even in a new or renovated home. Look for backless bar seating and stools with saddle seat design, so that guests can casually sidle up to the island. And don’t forget to look up at the rustic beams on the ceiling.