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Whether you're fixing up a home from the 1980s or you're looking to add better functionality to your current space, a kitchen makeover may be the perfect solution. By knocking down a wall or simply installing a new cabinet style, simple changes can make your kitchen feel more airy, open, and give your culinary space a purpose.

The first step to a kitchen remodel is finding an image of a kitchen that you love. The style will determine your next steps. You'll want to consider your budget, goal, and layout when deciding on what will stay and what will go. Kitchen cabinets are a focal point to any kitchen that blend both your taste and style with a storage solution. A large kitchen island, a fun backsplash, or brand new lighting can elevate your kitchen makeover into something special.

We've included 25 before-and-after kitchen makeovers below to show true transformations from drab to dazzling.

Kitchen Makeovers: Before and After

From a quick DIY mini makeover to a six-year renovation, these kitchen makeovers are both dramatic and inspiring if you're looking to get started on your own. Drag the arrow on each makeover to see the before and after.

classic and bright kitchen makeover

Classic and Bright

Without changing the floor plan, this couple went with a classic, airy, and bright transformation. A white subway tile backsplash with black accents and warm wood tones help elevate the white and keep it from swaying too feminine. Open shelving, marble countertops, and a double farmhouse style sink finish off the kitchen.

Source: New Darlings

modern l-shaped kitchen makeover

Modern L-Shaped Kitchen

This seven week kitchen renovation consisted of a floor plan change to an L-shaped kitchen layout. The old tile countertops were replaced with fresh white concrete countertops. Reclaimed open shelving and black cabinetry provide a nice contrast to the white counters, while the chunky black walnut island serves as a centerpiece to the kitchen. This kitchen is complete with its own vintage dinner bell for a playful touch.

Source: Chris Loves Julia

ranch house revival kitchen makeover

Ranch House Revival

This family transformed an old ranch house with uneven floors into a bright white and open space. A farm sink, center island, and cage pendant lighting help blend the farmhouse feel with an more updated modern look. White cabinetry and bronze fixtures were added to keep with the modern style. This family added a skylight to bring in extra natural light and brightness.

Source: Sugar and Charm

stunning geometric backsplash kitchen makeover

Stunning Geometric Backsplash

By keeping the same kitchen layout and closing off one doorway, this family created an intimate space to cook, eat, and entertain. They switched to black cabinets, quartz countertops, and a mosaic wall tiling made up of eight different colors. The pendant lighting over the island along with natural light from the windows illuminates the space.

Source: Construction2Style

galley layout kitchen makeover

Galley Kitchen Layout

Although they kept the galley kitchen layout, just about everything else changed in this kitchen makeover. The fridge was relocated and replaced with a white one, while new matte cabinetry, flooring, and appliances went in. White subway tile, a professional range, and a waterfall edge island spruce up this kitchen space.

Source: Almost Makes Perfect

DIY mini kitchen makeover

DIY Mini Makeover

This DIY project worked with what they had — the gray floors and granite countertops. They did add contrast with dark cabinets, new brass hardware, a kitchen faucet, and mix of metals with different decor to give a unique cohesiveness to the space. Reclaimed cedar open shelving, which they found at a local salvage store, gives a nice natural finish to the kitchen.

Source: Jones Design Co.

green cabinet kitchen makeover

Green Cabinet Refresh

From outdated wood, striped wallpaper, and lack of storage space to gorgeous green cabinets. This DIY project in a small space proves minor changes can make all the difference. A fun chandelier, a snake plant in a planter, and budget-friendly subway tile wallpaper helped this kitchen makeover look both simple and transformative.

Source: Bean in Love

douglas fir flooring kitchen makeover

1930s Douglas Fir Flooring Reveal

This family was lucky to uncover 1930s Douglas fir floors hidden below the outdated vinyl. They refinished it for a gorgeous vintage look. They installed white quartz countertops, a warm gray subway tile with bright white grout, and white cabinetry with gold hardware. The mix of warm woods, black decor, and a bar with wood stools invite you in.

Source: Yellow Brick Home

bright and butcher block countertop kitchen makeover

Bright and Butcher Block Countertops

By adding a cut out into the living room, this once closed off kitchen now feels open. Not only does this element bring in the natural light it was lacking, they also installed eight can lights throughout the kitchen for extra light. Butcher block countertops, a big center island, and tall upper cabinets above the open shelving gives this family plenty of storage.

Source: Lovebergs at Home

statement quartz kitchen island makeover

Statement Quartz Kitchen Island

Originally a dining room, this family relocated the kitchen to this area for extra room and practicality. The first item they built was a huge kitchen island for family and friends to gather around, which serves as the focal point of the whole kitchen. Custom floating shelves, gray walls, and quartzite countertops allow the all-white kitchen makeover to come together. Subway tile, a vintage rug, and industrial chrome pendant lights give it a cohesive look.

Source: Scout Studios

cottage-style kitchen makeover

Cottage-Style Kitchen

Although this renovation kept the original kitchen size, they gutted everything and started from scratch as far as design. They went with a functional and timeless look with light yet different wood textures and unique arches to pair with the already there arched brick. Solid black hardware, a stainless steel deep sink, and statement wood island were incorporated. The arched pantry door ties in the arches found elsewhere in this cottage-style home.

Source: Aimee Weaver Designs

high contrast small kitchen makeover

High Contrast Small Kitchen

A small kitchen needed a transformation to brighten up and make the space feel more open. The black appliances give a great contrast to the white brick backsplash. This unique backsplash adds surface and helps bring the kitchen to life. Oyster color cabinetry and gold finishes give a gorgeous finish to this color palette. A tall and long overhanging open shelf draws the eye upwards and allows room for decor.

Source: Anne Sage | Studio McGee | Monica Wang Photography

DIY transformation kitchen makeover

DIY Transformation

With spider-infested cabinets, a plastic hammered tin-looking backsplash, and a old rusty radiator, this DIY project required a ton of gut work. All were replaced with gorgeous white cabinets, marble counters, elongated subway tiles, and white wall and trim paint, turning this space into a completely different kitchen in the best way possible.

Source: Francois et Moi

modern farmhouse kitchen makeover

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

From maple wood cabinets and dark granite countertops to light and bright everything. This family added a white paint coat and picture frame edge to the cabinets and replaced the granite with caesarstone quartz countertops. A cut-out detailed white marble backsplash adds contrast to the surrounding gray and white marble subway tile. They stayed consistent with the farmhouse kitchen style by installing a large white farmhouse sink to the big kitchen island.

Source: Kristen Hewitt

1960s kitchen makeover

A 1960’s Renovation

What was once a harvest gold and avocado green kitchen with blue floral wallpaper is now a open-concept modern kitchen with an eating nook. The kitchen, which was once closed off and difficult to maneuver, now flows well between the dining area and living room. The jutted caesarstone countertop is perfect for gathering or serving. A shiny backsplash along with gray and white cabinets reflect a neutral color scheme that complements the rest of the kitchen.

Source: Une Femme D'un Certain Age

from mold to elegance kitchen makeover

From Mold to Elegance

Shocked to discover mold all throughout their recent kitchen remodel, this family was forced to completely tear out and rebuild. To avoid health concerns, they gutted and refreshed everything into a now elegant and inviting modern kitchen. The warm gray kitchen island, quartzite countertops, black cabinet knobs, and travertine backsplash help elevate the look and are cohesive with the rest of their home.

Source: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

classic light and bright kitchen makeover

Classic, Light, and Bright

By knocking down a few walls and opening the room up to let in more natural light, this kitchen became a classic and timeless space. The clean grays and bright whites between the cabinetry, countertops, and accents makes it very Pinterest-worthy. Their dishwasher blends into the cabinetry, making the space both functional and practical.

Source: Pinch of Yum

oversized and open layout kitchen makeover

Oversized and Open Layout

This big family needed a bigger kitchen and the open-concept was the perfect layout for many people to gather around. With a ton of upper and lower cabinet space, this kitchen has a unified look between cabinets and countertops. The island and existing pendants pair well with the rest of the space. An industrial spray faucet and stainless steel sink are ideal for a big family and a lot of dishes.

Source: Laura Design Co.

nautical navy and white kitchen makeover

Nautical Navy and White

The owners of this home spruced up their old white outdated kitchen with gorgeous navy cabinets and gold hardware. They removed the center island to give the already small kitchen more space. After a fresh coat of gray paint for the walls, they painted navy shiplap and added it to the sides and back side of the bottom cabinets.

Source: Within the Grove

homey open-concept kitchen makeover

A Homey Open-Concept Kitchen

By eliminating the wet bar on one side of this kitchen, the family was able to extend the space out by two feet. With more room to cook or spend time entertaining, they have endless options of what they can do in their kitchen. They installed new white cabinetry with silver hardware, brand-new appliances, and wood countertops.

Source: Less House More Home

simple swap for white kitchen makeover

A Simple Swap for White

A simple swap of white quartz countertops, white tile backsplash, and replacement of one outer cabinet with open shelving makes this kitchen feel more bright and open. A new sink and faucet along with pretty decor makes this look and feel like a whole new kitchen that you want to spend time in.

Source: Oops!... I Traveled Again

black and white modern kitchen makeover

Black and White Modern Kitchen

The existing white cabinets saved this family a step in their kitchen makeover. They swapped out the countertops, put up new backsplashes, changed the hardware, and put in a new stove top with hanging bars and hooks. The white and black contrast gives the kitchen a timeless and classic look that will never go out of style.

Source: Love Create Celebrate

minimal and neutral kitchen makeover

Minimal and Neutral Kitchen Makeover

Plywood thick painted cabinets, laminate flooring, and cracking plastered walls were all removed to make room for this four month kitchen remodel. The couple redesigned the floorplan and chose on a minimal and modern look, by installing overhead cabinets and subway tiles across the space. The kitchen island is not only functional, but has added storage and can seat up to three people.

Source: Refined Design

budget-friendly kitchen makeover

Budget-Friendly, Bright, and Happy

This dated 1980’s kitchen got a refresh with bright turquoise cabinets, butcher block counters, and overall brightness. The original kitchen was dark with dated cabinets and stained tile countertops that needed replacing. Chrome hardware and pendant lighting complete the warm and inviting mood that welcomes any guest.

Source: Hey Let's Make Stuff

1800s kitchen makeover

1800s Home Transformation

Built in the 1800s, this home got a complete kitchen overhaul. While they kept the original exposed wood beams, they did away with the bright orange walls. They worked around the wood beams by installing butcher block counters, walnut accents, and white cabinets throughout the kitchen. Black pendant lighting contrasts against the white everything else and turned this kitchen into a dreamy space.

Source: The Merry Thought

A kitchen makeover can be a big undertaking depending on your goal and desired outcome. If done right, it can transform a dark or dysfunctional space into both refined and purposeful. Consider your kitchen cabinets as the focal point to your kitchen renovation. Be sure to plan far ahead and look to ideas for inspiration to end with a budget-friendly, smart, and stylish kitchen makeover.

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