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Refined and Roomy Kitchen Makeover

Updated September 23, 2019

Lowe's Editorial Team

By Lowe's Editorial Team

A stunning makeover of an older kitchen opens up the layout and updates the style. Take a tour, then steal some ideas for your space.

Before Work Begins

Kitchen prior to remodeling

We took out the room-cramping peninsula, soffits, dark cabinets, black appliances, and dated surfaces. But you don’t have to gut your kitchen to get the look. Just use the ideas that make the most sense for your space and budget.

Fluid Beauty

Stainless-steel apron-front sink and faucet

In the upgraded cleanup area, the star is a stainless-steel apron-front sink with two deep basins for easy prep work.

Save-and-Splurge Style

Overall view of remodeled kitchen

Easy-care quartz countertops replaced dated, hard-to-clean white ceramic tile. Save by using subway tiles on most of the backsplash and then showcase mosaic glass tiles behind the range. Glazed porcelain floor tile is easy to clean and long-lasting. For a refined look, choose maple cabinets in fashion-forward gray and warm white. Make your own island from stock cabinets to add prep space and storage while improving traffic flow.

Right-Height Light

Ceiling light fixture

A light you love can work at different heights. This one stays close to the ceiling to allow headroom above the sink.

Shelf Confidence

Wall-mounted shelves

Use open shelves in place of some cabinets to create a sense of spaciousness and keep your everyday items easy to see and grab.

Island Identity

Kitchen island made using stock cabinets

The island’s paint color and top surface set it off from perimeter cabinets and counters. Make it yourself with help from stock cabinets.

Marble-Look Countertops

Marble-look laminate countertop

Get the look of a marble counter for less with laminate. This preformed edge treatment creates the illusion of a thick slab on the island.

Gourmet Cachet

Stainless-steel range and vent hood

Create a cooking area conducive to culinary greatness: Pair a stainless-steel slide-in gas range with a high-style vent hood.

Dazzling Display

Glass-door kitchen cabinets

Use clear-glass doors and interior lights to show off glassware and serving pieces. Paint the backs of the cabinets a contrasting hue to enhance the display.

Sleek Spout

Stainless-steel, single-handle faucet

Get into the flow of a new look by upgrading your old faucet. This sleek single-handle model features a restaurant-style pull-down sprayer and a stainless-steel finish that resists fingerprints and water spots.

Pulls with Punch

Satin pewter door pulls

Satin pewter door pulls (Special Order) subtly echo the diamond shapes seen on some of the cabinet doors.

Crowning Glory

Crown moulding on kitchen cabinets

Install crown moulding above upper cabinets to add a traditional touch and raise the perceived cabinet height.

Color Complements

Kitchen paint swatches

Valspar Signature paint in soft colors -- warm white on the walls, light purple inside the display cabinets, and gray-blue on the island -- complements the kitchen’s neutral finishes.

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