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Instead of putting a cabinet in a hidden corner, Sarah flipped it to fit into the living space. These drawers are now easy to access from the breakfast bar and dining area. Pro tip: Custom-made counters like granite or marble are pricey — choose solid butcher block for a sturdy option that's low in cost, but not in style.

A Dated Lake House Gets a Charmingly Rustic Makeover

Sarah Richardson says: "The pass-through wall wasn't structural, so I knocked it down. Now the room is completely open-concept, with more counter space, extra storage and a breakfast bar — talk about added value!"

A Dated Lake House Gets a Charmingly Rustic Makeover

Instead of upper cabinets, this restored kitchen has open shelving paired with mixed finishes that balance the original wood.

7 Ways This Kitchen Proves "Old" is Better

The cream-colored cast-iron cooker—William's favorite feature in the kitchen—sits on the footprint of the home's old fireplace hearth. Next to it, a restored beehive oven serves as a focal point in the cozy space.

7 Ways This Kitchen Proves "Old" is Better

The blue built-ins in this kitchen pay homage to the colorful wainscoting unearthed during the restoration. What a fun pop of color!

7 Ways This Kitchen Proves "Old" is Better

Think your kitchen needs a remodel? The cook space of this overgrown 1700s stone house in New Paltz, New York was welcomed as a challenge to restore the room to its old glory with a few modern upgrades.

7 Ways This Kitchen Proves "Old" is Better

This classic white kitchen is full of farmhouse accents that add interest. Open shelving puts colorful pots on display as fun accent pieces while the overall palette is very clean and fresh.

Tour Chip and Joanna Gaines' Farmhouse Like You've Never Seen It Before
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    diana munoz

    Love Joanna's style!

The sapphire-inspired shade on the kitchen cabinets (Benjamin Moore's California Blue) could have easily overwhelmed the compact cook space. The key to its success? Fearlessly using it in abundance paired with fun patterns.

The Grown-Up's Guide to Decorating With Color

Galvanized steel piping and plumbing knobs reinforce the rugged, straight-from-a-warehouse look in this rustic, country kitchen's pantry.

Peek Inside a Rustic, Reclaimed, and Repurposed Cabin in Tennessee

This kitchen has the most amazing reclaimed wood ceilings! Plus, a 20-foot-long by 2-foot-wide piece of solid white oak as a seamless countertop. After staining it a custom combo of colors, they added a clear water-based polyurethane to up its durability.

Peek Inside a Rustic, Reclaimed, and Repurposed Cabin in Tenneesee
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    Paige King

    Can you tell me about the wood flooring?

A small vintage sign hangs above the kitchen sink, adding just the right amount of visual appeal.

17 Genius Ways This New York Home Nails the Classic Country Look

While the home's kitchen is one of the more modern spaces, with its granite countertops and wood cabinets, you don't have to look far for some good old country charm. The brick wall and grand mirror provide a high-low accent piece.

17 Genius Ways This New York Home Nails the Classic Country Look

This Victorian-style home's interiors has been updated with fun projects and modern updates like these bright and cheery yellow kitchen cabinets.

Peek Inside a DIY-er's Dream Home
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    Heather Eck

    It's for sale right now! Springfield MO

This new kitchen has a historic feel with white walls and an island next to aged-looking wooden beams. Adding some edge to the clean, white space are four zinc-and-black leather barstools.

11 Effortlessly Stunning Decorating Ideas From a California Wine Country Cottage
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    Julianne Anderson

    I love these barstools! Anyone know where to find them?

Instead of a traditional hutch design, the butler's pantry (located just off the kitchen) repeats the floating shelves. Outfitted with a sink, it's the perfect spot for flower arranging or to prep for baking.

8 Ways to Add Bright Summer Style to Your Kitchen

The vibrant, quilt-like backsplash creates a focal point. Made from cement, it also lends subtle texture. (Snowflake in Leon, $5/tile; cubantropicaltile...)

8 Ways to Add Bright Summer Style to Your Kitchen

The classic white kitchen gets a fresh update from floor-to-ceiling wood embellishments, including a band of reclaimed boards around the sleek range hood.

Inside a California Bungalow That's Equal Parts Country and Coastal

This 1932 Magic Chef stove looks gorgeous inside an old farmhouse kitchen.

Inside an 1830s Farmhouse in the Catskills Filled With Amazing Antiques

A statement-making tile and a fresh coat of yellowy green paint serve up a decidedly fresh feel in this Louisville, Kentucky cook space.

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Drawing colors from the Lake Erie landscape, the backsplash adds a textured finish that keeps the crisp kitchen from feeling sparse.

This Sun-Drenched Cottage Will Make You Want a Lake House Immediately

The country kitchen's painted ceiling gets a fun new spin by forgoing traditional blue in favor of a soft shade of green.

This Sun-Drenched Cottage Will Make You Want a Lake House Immediately

This seaside kitchen has a cheery red mixer, mugs, and vintage stools that pop against the ocean-inspired backdrop.

11 Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen

A built-in green banquette offers dining space in this California home's kitchen, where lights salvaged from a warehouse add a touch of industrial appeal.

44 Rooms That Prove Green is the Prettiest Color

This kitchen has an open layout that suits a casual lifestyle with clean lines reminiscent of beach houses of years ago.

Get Inspired by This Beautiful Beachy Kitchen

In this tiny kitchen, pull-out cabinets make it easy to access dry goods. Turn a small cabinet into a pull-out pantry!

11 Organizing Ideas That Make the Most Out of Your Cabinets