Before & After: Kyle & Angela's Apartment Kitchen Renovation


A lot of people remodel their homes right after (or right before) moving in, but by the time Kyle and Angela decided to take the plunge and redo their kitchen, they had been living in their Clinton Hill apartment for 11 years. They had a lot of time to save, and scheme, and they knew exactly what they wanted: more counter space, a more open floor plan, and a kitchen with a little bit of midcentury style.

To find a contractor that they felt good about, Kyle and Angela turned to Sweeten, a New York-area resource that connects homeowners with architects, designers and contractors. They were matched with Sweeten Expert Kris, who was able to turn their midcentury kitchen dreams into a reality. Now, not only do Kyle and Angela have an updated kitchen, but their 900 square foot apartment feels like a completely different space, and thanks to Kris, the whole project came in on time and on budget. Let's take a look.

As you can see from the photos, this renovation involved more than just replacing cabinets and appliances. The (non-structural!) walls surrounding the old kitchen were removed, which makes the entire apartment feel larger and lighter. The old, damaged parquet flooring in the living room and kitchen was removed and replaced.

To achieve a midcentury feel in the kitchen, Kris created these beautiful custom walnut cabinets. And the lime green backsplash tile, paired with the more muted tone of the countertop, is strangely perfect.

The furniture in the living room got an update, too, to go with the shiny new kitchen. Painting the walls white and replacing the curtains with roller shades gave the whole apartment a much more modern vibe.

The new kitchen is more useful and more lovely — and Kyle and Angela's apartment hardly seems like the same space. It's a beautiful renovation that was more than worth the wait.

Read more about the project, and find sources for some of the items featured, at Sweeten.

(Image credits: Sweeten)