Before & After: Anne's Dine-in Kitchen

Before...

I really am aware that kitchen and bath month is over, but I just loved this kitchen makeover, and while it's not tiny, it does employ some useful multi-functional solutions that might be helpful to small-space dwellers. You'll remember Anne Collins' bedroom from a few weeks back; click through to check out how she transformed this kitchen.

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...and after!

Clearly this is not a huge renovation, as the kitchen's main features, the cabinetry and the appliances, were left intact. That's why we like the project so much: it's a cosmetic uplift, and it shows how you don't have to invest buckets of money in a kitchen to improve its look tenfold.

With no actual dining room to speak of, the previous occupants of Anne's apartment basically treated the kitchen as a dining room with a wall of appliances on one side. But Anne and her husband wanted a more functional kitchen, with good counter space as well as a place to dine, so they built this island where the giant dining table used to be. They were smart, making the decision based on their own lifestyle, which is more about enjoying time together cooking and hanging out than hosting large, elaborate dinners.

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Anne's husband built the island himself, marking out its future location with blue tape to make sure the proportions would turn out just right.

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The couple did a fantastic job of choosing budget items that nonetheless look chic and stylish. Ikea's Glenn stools and CB2's Firefly light add a nice modern edge, updating the room without a big investment.

To read more about Anne's apartment makeovers, click over to her blog, Seeing Design.

(Images: Seeing Design)