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5 Amazing DIY Kitchen Makeovers

While currently residing in a rental, I remember the thrill of purchasing my first home. It was a total fixer and basically needed new flooring and paint in every room. And the kitchen? Oh boy. Let me just say, it needed work. A lot of work. Somewhere along the way I became totally obsessed with seeing how other young professionals on a budget were transforming their own kitchens and was completely inspired. So today I thought I’d share the love for DIY kitchen makeovers! While some of these kitchens employed limited professional help (remember, you’ll always want to consult with the pros when it comes to things like moving walls, plumbing and electrical!) they are largely a testament to the power of paint, elbow grease and a little will to learn how to wield a tile saw. Oh and a couple of them were even done for right around $400! Behold, 5 amazing kitchen before and afters that will knock your socks off…

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  • Before: Ho Hum + Lackluster 1 of 10
    Before: Ho Hum + Lackluster
    Ok, so technically there is nothing "wrong" with this kitchen before. But it's kind of ho hum and builder's grade lackluster at best...
    See more before photos at Young House Love.
  • After: Gorgeous + Light-filled 2 of 10
    After: Gorgeous + Light-filled
    But behold the after! With a budget of just $1207 this kitchen was totally transformed with paint and lighting for a gorgeous, light-filled result that makes it my dream kitchen.
    Get all the details at Young House Love.
  • Before: Misplaced + So-so 3 of 10
    Before: Misplaced + So-so
    While I personally don't hate this kitchen before, it was misplaced and kind of so-so in it's 1920s Craftsman bungalow...
    See more before photos at Restored Style.
  • After: Light + Happy 4 of 10
    After: Light + Happy
    After it fits seamlessly in the home and boasts classic white subway tile and schoolhouse light fixtures that make it light and happy!
    Get the details at Restored Style.
  • Before: Boring + Dark 5 of 10
    Before: Boring + Dark
    Hello, early 1990s! Another kitchen with good bones, this kitchen was simply boring and dark...
    See more before photos at Young House Love.
  • After: Fresh + Cheerful 6 of 10
    After: Fresh + Cheerful
    $400 worth of upgrades later (largely in paint, lighting and hardware), it's fresh, cheerful and loaded with personality with no major construction required!
    Get the details at Young House Love.
  • Before: Cramped + Dull 7 of 10
    Before: Cramped + Dull
    This galley kitchen didn't have a whole lot going on for it before. It was cramped and dull and definitely no dreamboat...
    See more before photos at B*Spoke.
  • After: Cozy + Bright 8 of 10
    After: Cozy + Bright
    Just $414 and some elbow grease and paint later, it's cozy, bright and feels completed updated without a big price tag!
    Get the details at B*Spoke.
  • Before: Dark + Dated 9 of 10
    Before: Dark + Dated
    Ok. I think we can all agree there's not a whole lot of good in this kitchen. Before it was the epitome of dark and dated...
    See more before photos at Design*Sponge.
  • After: Hip + Modern 10 of 10
    After: Hip + Modern
    After it's hip and modern with the addition of sleek cabinets, a great wall paper pattern and modern fixtures. Love!
    Get the details at Design*Sponge.

Photo by landonjacob via Young House Love.

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