We moved in to our home about two years ago. The kitchen wasn't a complete disaster. It had good bones - a workable layout, decent cabinets, and a nice black granite counter top. Here are the before pictures.
We wanted to give it a fresh new look and really make it look like "our" kitchen. It only took a few fairly simple changes - moving the microwave, bringing in a range hood, adding a backsplash, adding some molding to the cabinets, and giving the walls a new coat of paint. These changes made such an impact. It feels like a brand new kitchen, and one that is so much more "us"!
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