small kitchen remodel before
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Before: Cheesy and Outdated

Her solution was to remove a dining room wall and replace it with a breakfast bar with tuck-under stools. She also needed more work surface and storage, so she added a second peninsula, using antique pine base cabinets salvaged from her grandmother's house. While Sabine liked the rustic look of the exposed brick she discovered -under wallboard, and of the original tin ceiling once stripped of its paint, she was still searching for a "contemporary, urban loft" feeling. Her contractor helped her achieve it with stainless steel countertops that echo the stainless appliances. "The kitchen's small, but traffic flows easily into the opened-up dining room," says Sabine. "And I like that it looks clean and simple."

Shown: The cramped old kitchen was a walled-off hodgepodge.
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