A Full Range: Kitchens Before & After

From new appliances, to updated cabinetry, to custom islands and countertops, these kitchen makeovers have all the right ingredients.

The homeowners found their kitchen to be uninspiring, as well as lacking in functionality for their cooking and entertaining needs.

DESIGNER: MICHELLE CARNES, ASID DESIGN FIRM: DORADO DESIGNS WWW.DORADODESIGNS.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: STEVEN MECKLER
DESIGNER: MICHELLE CARNES, ASID DESIGN FIRM: DORADO DESIGNS WWW.DORADODESIGNS.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: STEVEN MECKLER

Before

The kitchen sported cherry-stained cabinets, glass mosaic backsplash and granite countertop, along with basic pendant lighting.

After

The kitchen’s footprint was changed, with the island shape redesigned to offer more storage and better traffic flow. Revised elements include a new pantry layout and built-in appliances. Slate-gray painted cabinets and white marble-look quartz countertops add a fresh look. The hood was replaced with an inset version covered in drywall layered with oxidized copper, which added a bright punch of turquoise. Brass cage pendant lights were added above the island.

DESIGNERS: MELISSA ELKINS AND MATT YANEY DESIGN FIRM: SOUTHWEST KITCHEN & BATH WWW.SOUTHWESTKITCHEN.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: KC CREATIVE DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY
DESIGNERS: MELISSA ELKINS AND MATT YANEY DESIGN FIRM: SOUTHWEST KITCHEN & BATH WWW.SOUTHWESTKITCHEN.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: KC CREATIVE DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY

The homeowner recently purchased this abode, and a kitchen remodel was at the top of their wish list. The result was a fresh new look with a modern white and gray color scheme.

Before

The kitchen’s style was reminiscent of the late 1990s. The overall layout worked, but the homeowner disliked the look of the perimeter cabinets. The island was oddly shaped and lacked function. Dark knotty alder cabinets, travertine floors and backsplash, granite countertops appeared dated.

After

The island and peninsula cabinets, pantry door and the stove hood were replaced. The layout of the island was changed to include seating. The pantry cabinet was converted into a coffee bar. The perimeter cabinets were retained but updated with custom doors and drawer fronts to match the new cabinets. The ceiling was redone with shiplap. Subway tile was installed, spanning from the new quartz countertop to the ceiling. A white hood with stainless steel trim became a focal point for the kitchen, along with the adjacent floating shelves. Dramatic chandelier pendants were added above the island, and the recessed can lights were updated with LEDs.

The homeowner wanted a redesign to result in a lighter and more modern look through the use of materials such as quartz, marble and granite.

DESIGNER: PATRICIA MOONEY, ASID DESIGN FIRM: DESIGNLINES, INC. WWW.DESIGNLINESAZ.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN STANCLIFF
DESIGNER: PATRICIA MOONEY, ASID DESIGN FIRM: DESIGNLINES, INC. WWW.DESIGNLINESAZ.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN STANCLIFF

Before

The home was built in the late 1980s with raised panel oak cabinets, Corian counters and dark blue mosaic tile backsplashes. The existing island, which was too large and bulky for the scale of the space, was the biggest challenge. Outdated appliances and light fixtures needed to be replaced.

After

The first order of business was to redesign and replace the kitchen island and incorporate a free-form raised granite bar counter. A full slab of marble was installed above the cooktop for a dramatic accent. The original doors and drawer fronts were replaced with Shaker-style versions in maple that were painted white. Polished chrome hardware finished off the look.

DESIGNERS: BOB HARVEY AND LAURA NATALE DESIGN FIRM: CANYON CABINETRY & DESIGN WWW.CANYONCABINETRY.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN MCMASTERS
DESIGNERS: BOB HARVEY AND LAURA NATALE DESIGN FIRM: CANYON CABINETRY & DESIGN WWW.CANYONCABINETRY.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN MCMASTERS

The previous kitchen was dark, dated and too cramped for the needs of a growing family.

Before

The home was built in the late 1980s. The kitchen had dark, heavily grained cabinets. The lower soffits made the room feel closed in. The small-scale ceramic floor tiles and dated appliances needed replacing.

After

Two partial walls that separated the kitchen and family room were removed. The basic layout was reconfigured, and the refrigerator relocated to an opposite wall. The soffits above the cabinets were taken out, and an archway closed off and replaced with a door. Larger windows, cherry cabinets and sleek stainless appliances were added. The limestone subway tile backsplash creates a contrast with the wood tones. Wood-look flooring differentiates the kitchen from the family room. New lighting was installed, including under-cabinet LEDs, low-profile fixtures and recessed LED lighting in the ceiling.

DESIGNER: EDITH VILLALOBOS-ZAMORA, ALLIED ASID DESIGN FIRM: EMV DESIGN BUILD WWW.EMVDESIGNBUILD.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN STANCLIFF
DESIGNER: EDITH VILLALOBOS-ZAMORA, ALLIED ASID DESIGN FIRM: EMV DESIGN BUILD WWW.EMVDESIGNBUILD.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN STANCLIFF

This ’90s-era Southwest-style home’s kitchen required re-working to increase its functionality.

Before

The custom, energy-efficient mud adobe home features exposed brick on the inside. The kitchen had a utilitarian feel, with a stainless-steel backsplash. The interior finishes included honey-colored shaker cabinets and outdated appliances. The original L-shape design only allowed for a tiny island and pantry. The layout did not work well for entertaining.

After

The old kitchen was completely gutted. The sink and stove locations were reversed to create a better flow. The pantry wall was removed to open up the space, and an island was constructed using five mesquite pieces. A new hutch was made of mahogany and stained to match the mesquite countertop. A porcelain tile backsplash complements the adobe walls. Rustic golden alder cabinetry enhances the ranch-style concept.

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