Before & After: A Cramped Kitchen Gets a Big Change

published Mar 10, 2014
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(Image credit: Teddy Lee)

Architectural designer Teddy desperately needed to update this kitchen but had major budgetary restrictions. No matter. See how just $300 worth of supplies made a huge difference.

(Image credit: Teddy Lee)

Wow, what a difference. We love how, even though all the major elements are the same (cabinets, backsplash, countertop), the color change and the addition of small details totally transformed this space.

From Teddy:

I was stuck with a faux wood block counter so I paired it with white to bring its natural tones out and give it a warmer more expensive look. Also, door and drawer pulls are a very inexpensive way to give it some character. In small spaces I tend to gravitate towards clean lines and less visual noise — you don’t want to overwhelm a kitchen with too many colors. I was able to complete the whole project in about one day. It took some time to source the items, but I always feel great design is built in layers over time.

Thank you Teddy!

Re-edited from a post originally published 3.10.14-NT