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Before and After: A Modern Bungalow Kitchen

One Grassroots Modern reader moved into a 1946 bungalow with a kitchen that was desperately begging for a makeover (see avocado green stove, gloomy cabinets, and dingy tiling). The homeowners whipped it into shape in record time with only $4,000 by ripping up old carpet, refinishing the hardwood floors, installing Ikea cabinets, and hunting down a great deal on a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The difference is truly unbelievable. The space is bright, airy, and modern, not cramped or somber. To see the transformation for yourself,


Beautiful, right? Be sure to head over to Grassroots Modern to hear more about the project and see more photos!

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macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
I'd like it better if the angle of the before and after photos was the same. I really like the after, but I can't compare since you're presumably looking at the other end of the kitchen in that shot.
bekbork bekbork 8 years
yes, amazing how taking the before picture at the end of the kitchen that will make it look the most crowded then taking the after picture at the end that will make it look the most spacious makes a difference. I would like to see how the ugly end turned out without having to visit another website...
fantastische fantastische 8 years
the after is modern and beautiful, but were it my kitchen i would have remodeled in the direction of it's original charm. i like the character of the before. --that's just me. like i said, the after is still beautiful and i would not complain were it mine!
summerjams summerjams 8 years
i llike the white cabinets!
danixk danixk 8 years
I think it looks great!! The only thing I hate about Ikea cabinets, they are very thin(that's why they're inexpensive). It looks cleaner to me. And for the person who said it was ugly before and after, you have no taste =) !!
urbanfashionista urbanfashionista 8 years
looks much better after of course but a bit boring. no personality.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I'm not too fond of either. And I hate that olive green oven...yuck!
homekeeper homekeeper 8 years
I like it!!
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I think it looks heaps better! Wow!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I like the openness of the after, but I'm not crazy about the cabinets. They look cheap to me.
Pepper-Davis Pepper-Davis 8 years
To be honest, I'm partial to both.
hannacotta hannacotta 8 years
Ugly before ugly after.
creede creede 8 years
They actually got it second hand. It was an old white one and they had a new stainless steel face cut for it. They are the first entry for our affordable modern kitchen contest over at We should have lots more great affordable entries coming. Here is more info about the contest.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
vunder: "They must be in the industry or something. I am having a little trouble wrapping my head around their costs. But it looks great." If you follow the link above and look below at comment #4, the owner gives a run-down of costs. It seems impossible, but when you realize how much of their own manpower was used you realize where costs really start to get crazy.
vunder vunder 8 years
They must be in the industry or something. I am having a little trouble wrapping my head around their costs. But it looks great.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 8 years
Wow! That looks amazing. My parents are remodeling their kitchen and my mom would have LOVED to find a sub-zero for less than $4k, not to mention their entire remodeling for less than that...!!
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
wow...amazing! where/how did they find a good deal on a sub-zero?
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