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Before and After: Cramped and Dated to Open and Modern

This designer/contractor-owned home, which was featured in This Old House, was blemished with a small, dated kitchen that was closed off except for a doorway and a counter window. It also lacked good counter space. The owners decided to knock down the dividing wall, update the amenities with simple, streamlined selections, and infuse the space with bright color. The resulting space is open, vibrant, and modern — and a far cry from its icky roots. To see the kitchen after its renovation,


Is that a brilliant makeover, or what? I love the contemporary bamboo base cabinets and kitchen island, and perky green paint.

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