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8 Kitchen Makeover Ideas We Can Learn from Real Homes

Save up for a kitchen revamp that will give your cooking area a brand-new look

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Who wouldn’t feel inspired to whip up delicious meals in a clean, organized, and pretty kitchen? As the heart of the home where food is prepared and sometimes shared, the kitchen deserves a makeover every now and then. It doesn’t have to be a major renovation or an expensive makeover as you can start with small updates then slowly save up for a big revamp.

Whether you’re in the planning stages of your next home improvement project or you’re set on giving the kitchen a new look, we’ve collated some of the cooking areas found in the homes we’ve featured. These spaces aren’t just easy on the eyes, each has a distinct feature worth saving as a peg.

Get ready to work on your kitchen inspired by the ideas below:

Install wall-mounted shelves


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A one-wall kitchen can look cramped with overhead cabinets. To allow the owner to display décor and store a few essentials, interior designer Angelo Aguilar opted for wall-mounted shelves. By curating the items on display and keeping it organized, the entire shelf can work as a wall accent.

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Create a mini shelf or nook for condiments and spreads


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In this kitchen, Imperial Architects + Design made use of the available extra space in the partition they built by creating a small nook where condiments, spreads, and frequently used essentials are kept. Look around your kitchen and see if there’s an unused corner you can turn maximize. Don’t forget that in a compact kitchen, every inch of space counts.

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If you have a breakfast bar, invest in new barstools


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A breakfast bar adds value to the kitchen as it gives you an extra work area and a space for enjoying quick meals. Make this part of your cooking area stand out by adding sturdy yet lovely barstools. Aside from taking inspiration from these velvet barstools, you can also look into getting café-inspired stools or wooden seating pieces—just make sure it complements the overall look of your kitchen.

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Switch up your storage


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While matte black cabinets have a certain appeal, it can get too monotonous. Cop the look of the kitchen in this renovated home by breaking the monotony with open wooden shelves. You can use these shelves to display cookbooks, pretty dinnerware, and heirloom pieces that can add help you personalize the area.

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Carve out a coffee station


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Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can create a coffee station where all your coffee essentials are kept. Be your own barista and prep a cup of joe whenever you want a quick caffeine fix! Save this beautiful beverage bar we spotted in Saab Magalona-Bacarro and Jim Bacarro’s family home as a peg! The solihiya details can add a Pinoy/tropical vibe to your kitchen.

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Give your cabinets a new look


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We’re so used to seeing laminated kitchen cabinets, why not go for glass cabinet doors for a change? The French doors-inspired cabinet doors seen in this kitchen can give any cooking area a luxe, modern upgrade! Just make sure your essentials are organized inside to keep it from becoming an eyesore.

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Invest in new essentials


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Don’t limit yourself to aesthetic improvements! Giving your kitchen a makeover may also pertain to investing in a new faucet or sink. Make sure you choose something durable so you can use it for years. Installing a new faucet or sink involves checking your plumbing system so keep in mind to consult with an expert or a professional.

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Get a mobile kitchen island


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Concerned with the kitchen space you have? A mobile countertop may come in handy! You can use it as an extra prep area and storage for pots you often use. Make sure you keep it clean and organized so that it can add to the overall appeal of your kitchen.

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Ready to give your kitchen a makeover? We’d love to see your finished project!

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Have you recently spruced up your room or renovated your home? We'd definitely love to see the result! Send clear photos (with your full name, city address, and accompanying kuwento) to [email protected] with the subject "DIY Makeover" and we may just feature your DIY project!

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