Before and After: Let There Be Light (in our kitchen)

This New York couple's new home was in desperate need of some lightening and brightening. Featured on Apartment Therapy and Sweeten, we're big fans of their before and after kitchen transformation.Before: The kitchen needed a gut renovation. The walls were covered with dark wood paneling and cabinets, there was a dropped ceiling with fluorescent lighting, cracked floor tile and beat up Formica counter tops and backsplash. The existing soffit ran in front of the kitchen window, cutting a good 8 inches off the top, and a lot of daylight along with it. It had a less-than-optimal layout and it had definitely seen better days.

After: White Caesarstone countertops, durable wood-look porcelain tile, large-format porcelain tile with a raised geometric pattern forming a new backsplash, and lots of light and fresh new colors make their former space nearly unrecognizable.