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18 Incredible Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

What’s old is new for many of these kitchens, as historical details were preserved and highlighted during the remodels. Flip through the stunning photos to find out details about each project and to learn some tips for your own kitchen remodel.

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kitchen remodel historicalCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Let Light In

The existing kitchen was stuck in the dark center of this house on a narrow urban lot. The remodel incorporated a turret to allow light and air to flood the room. The kitchen was no longer a utility space for cooking and serving but was now, literally and figuratively, the center of the home and family life. Project by Home Front Build. If you’re remodeling, know these 12 kitchen design ideas that make cooking easier.

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remodeled historical kitchenCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Historical Updates

New cabinets, countertops, backsplash and appliances were all added, taking care with the details in order to maintain period charm in this thoroughly modern kitchen. Project by Home Front Build. Here are 13 ways you might be using your kitchen appliances wrong.

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Art Deco Backsplash

Defined by geometric styles, sharp lines and bold colors, Art Deco is nicely updated with this tile without being overwhelming. For a seamless look, pull colors from cabinetry and countertops to create a cohesiveness that will impress. And installing a backsplash is the perfect time to add extra kitchen electrical outlets to make your space more functional. Take a look at these 30 backsplash ideas your kitchen can’t be without.

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historical kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Show-Stopping Stove

This new kitchen was remodeled around a restored gas range, so period details were a must. Project by Home Front Build.

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arch in kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Highlighting History

Revival tile backsplash with Chiclet liner, upper cabinets that integrated into a cove ceiling and a plaster arch that referenced an original detail all assisted in maintaining the period charm that the owners were drawn to in the original house. Project by Home Front Build. Here are some vintage kitchen tools worth trying today.

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Kitchen Upgrades: Wood Countertops

The long-favored material of butchers and bar owners, wood is right at home in any residential kitchen or bathroom. Wood countertops, particularly the thick butcher-block style, are a great addition to remodeled kitchens and require minimal maintenance. While scratches in laminate and natural stone can be difficult to repair, wood can be sanded and refinished as necessary making it a long-lasting, inexpensive solution.
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vaulted ceiling kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Higher Ceiling

The remodel of a 1930’s Los Angeles home removed walls to create a newly vaulted kitchen/family room detailed with wood beams. Project by Home Front Build.

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wood kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Warm Wood

A new working island designed to imitate farmhouse furniture is the centerpiece of the new kitchen. Project by Home Front Build.

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Kitchen Cabinet Remodel Ideas: Two-Toned CabinetsArtazum/Shutterstock

Kitchen Cabinet Remodel Ideas: Two-Toned Cabinets

Can’t decide on just one color among your kitchen remodeling ideas? Two-toned cabinets might be the answer. To do a two-toned look with one color on the top cabinets and a different color on the bottom, be sure to put the darker color on the bottom to anchor it. Color is as varied and unique as you are, so have fun picking the color combination perfect for you.

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craftsman kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Historical Craftsman

The focus of the remodel of this 1905 Los Angeles Craftsman home was a reorganization of the kitchen. The kitchen was moved and the new location, off the entry, is easily accessible by an arched opening. Project by Home Front Build. These are Taste of Home staffers’ best kitchen storage ideas.

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craftsman style kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Period Details

Windows and French doors were added to a new rear patio creating a light-filled through-line from the entry to the kitchen and rear yard. New cabinets and finishes were done in period style as the kitchen was now visible from the entry and no longer a utility space for cooking only. Project by Home Front Build.

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Update: Modern Countertops

Whether it’s marble, granite, quartz, wood, stainless steel, concrete or soapstone, today’s trendy kitchen remodeling ideas are endless. Check out the pros and cons of the most common kitchen counter types.
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green tile kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Functional Small Space

The existing house was a single-story, 1,500-sq.-ft., two-bedroom, one-bath home. It was quaint, but too tight for a growing young family with two kids. The newly remodeled kitchen features a low peninsula countertop, which allows family and friends to sit and be a part of the activity in the kitchen while still staying out from underfoot. Project by Home Front Build.

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bright green backsplash kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Modern Amenities with Historical Style

The cabinet style echoes the period while incorporating the functionality of soft-close glides and hardware. Project by Home Front Build. On the flip side, here are the top 10 modern kitchen trends, according to Google.

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Perfect Farmhouse Kitchen

The farmhouse is a classic example for a shiplap wall, and nowhere do they shine more than in the kitchen. And if you want a charming country kitchen that’s a pleasure to use, install shiplap walls (although you may also want to make room for backsplashes).

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blue cabinets kitchen remodelCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Open Kitchen Flow

An arch to the breakfast room was added to allow family and friends to flow more easily between the public rooms, exterior and newly remodeled kitchen of this 1920’s Hancock Park home. Project by Home Front Build. Learn about the trending kitchen colors before your next pain job.

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kitchen remodel historical blue cabinetsCourtesy of Cris Nolasco

Modern Finishes

Vibrant blue cabinets combined with raw brass accents and Moroccan tile to create a new focal point for family life. Project by Home Front Build. Here are some more dark cabinet ideas that look sharp.

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Remodeling Ideas: Minor Kitchen RemodelAndy Dean Photography/Shutterstock

Remodeling Ideas: Minor Kitchen Remodel

People can go wild with kitchen remodeling projects but they don’t need to do that. A minor kitchen remodeling project recoups more of the cost than a major one. A minor kitchen remodel had an average cost of $20,830 and of that, $16,699 was recouped for 89.4 percent. A major kitchen remodel project with an average cost of $62,158 returned about $40,560 in resale value for 65.3 cost recoup percentage. If that’s still too much for your budget, try one of these low-cost kitchen upgrades that make a huge difference.

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