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Before and After: A Sweet Galley Kitchen Makeover

The prospect of renovating a kitchen or bathroom is usually an expensive one. And, unfortunately, there are too many kitchens that look the one in this 1939 bungalow, bruised with dreary cabinets, cringe-inducing laminate countertops, and no sense of personal style. Luckily, one designer has proven that a few budget-friendly details and a DIY attitude are all you need to give your kitchen the fresh update it craves. Rather than making expensive replacements and tearing down walls, she concentrated on reworking the existing surfaces.

To see how she made the changes,


Glass cabinet doors stained in a cool sea-glass blue instantly made the space airier, and she tied the color in with matching wallpaper. A drainboard sink found at a salvage shop for $25 drastically improved the space functionally. Architectural add-ons to the cabinetry and pretty new knobs added style. And she added small-scale, bright white subway tiles to the backsplash, which added continuity to the wall and instantly brightened it up.

Head to DIY Ideas to read the whole story, see more photos, and learn how to tile your own backsplash!

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