People Are Sharing Their Before-And-After Home Renovation Photos, And They’ll Either Make You Angry Or Envious

People Are Sharing Their Before-And-After Home Renovation Photos, And They’ll Either Make You Angry Or Envious

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly on #RenovationTok (if that’s a thing?). I loooove looking at home renovations — it’s so cool to see people get creative and turn lemons into lemonade! Like, this mom “DIY-ed” her whole kitchen, and it’s super impressive:

People Are Sharing Their Before-And-After Home Renovation Photos, And They’ll Either Make You Angry Or EnviousPeople Are Sharing Their Before-And-After Home Renovation Photos, And They’ll Either Make You Angry Or Envious

Kitchen interior with text overlay about a self-taught DIY mom of two

A modern kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and subway tile backsplash. Text overlay: A modern kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and subway tile backsplash. Text overlay:

A modern kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and subway tile backsplash. Text overlay:

@itshoneydone / Via tiktok.com

That being said, over here on the renovation algorithm, there’s a fair share of disappointment. Sometimes, people completely gut out the charm, history, or quality in favor of soulless fixtures and walls — or worse, “millennial gray” — making for some heartbroken onlookers.

A tweet by Ayla (@ratxgurl) showing a side-by-side comparison of rooms with old hardwood floors (left) and modern gray plank vinyl floors (right), with a humorous captionA tweet by Ayla (@ratxgurl) showing a side-by-side comparison of rooms with old hardwood floors (left) and modern gray plank vinyl floors (right), with a humorous caption

It made me wonder if millennial grey and white is really all this era will be known for. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but I kinda loved the design chaos of the early 2000s. Growing up, I remember the Tuscan-style kitchens, the shabby-chic farmhouse style, and the zebra and hot pink bedrooms (which I unfortunately possessed until age 25).

Meme showing a kitchen with "CUCINA" sign, rooster decor, and vintage accessories, captioned with "Your mom's kitchen in 2005."Meme showing a kitchen with "CUCINA" sign, rooster decor, and vintage accessories, captioned with "Your mom's kitchen in 2005."

I thought I’d snoop through the Internet to see how everyone’s renovating their homes these days. I’ve seen so much hate on many white and millennial grey renos; I needed to see if that’s really all that’s going on.

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Soooo, let’s jump right into everything I found. Here’s how 11 people recently renovated bathrooms, kitchens, and more in their homes:

1.Here’s this person’s updates to their dated kitchen and living room:

Four different views of home interiors showcasing a kitchen and living room before and after remodelingFour different views of home interiors showcasing a kitchen and living room before and after remodeling

Def more modern, but not beating the millennial greige allegations.

u/Vanisleguy89 / Via reddit.com

2.This couple made many modern updates to the kitchen in their 1920s New England bungalow:

Before and after view of a kitchen remodel, showing older cabinets and appliances replaced with modern counterpartsBefore and after view of a kitchen remodel, showing older cabinets and appliances replaced with modern counterparts

3.I went “wowowow” at this this person’s modern bathroom reno:

Interior of a narrow bathroom with a shower curtain, toilet, sink, and cabinetInterior of a narrow bathroom with a shower curtain, toilet, sink, and cabinet

Interior of a narrow bathroom with a shower curtain, toilet, sink, and cabinet

Modern bathroom with a shower, toilet, and sink vanity with a wall mirror. No persons presentModern bathroom with a shower, toilet, and sink vanity with a wall mirror. No persons present

Modern bathroom with a shower, toilet, and sink vanity with a wall mirror. No persons present

u/CMyles11 / Via reddit.com

It’s giving hotel, and I am envious! It just needs a dab of color or plants, IMO.

4.Possibly controversial — these people updated their funky retro bathroom to a “clean contemporary” look:

Before and after of a bathroom remodel, showing updated fixtures and tilesBefore and after of a bathroom remodel, showing updated fixtures and tiles

5.Here’s how these people DIY’ed a complete kitchen renovation in their 1870 farmhouse:

Two different kitchen designs: one with rustic wooden cabinets, the other with modern green cabinetry and marble backsplashTwo different kitchen designs: one with rustic wooden cabinets, the other with modern green cabinetry and marble backsplash

6.This person made some very minimalist Kim Kardashian-esque updates to their bathroom renovation, and people had thoughts:

Modern bathroom with a shower, toilet, vanity, and a separate area with a sink and bidetModern bathroom with a shower, toilet, vanity, and a separate area with a sink and bidet

7.Here’s how this person updated their very pink (counter, toilet, bathtub, and all) 1970s bathroom:

Two side-by-side bathroom interiors before and after renovationTwo side-by-side bathroom interiors before and after renovation

8.If you love historic charm, you might be pleasantly surprised to see that this person added BACK the old charm to their 1900s Victorian bathroom:

Two different styled bathrooms, one with modern fixtures and tiled accents, the other with antique dresser and mirrorTwo different styled bathrooms, one with modern fixtures and tiled accents, the other with antique dresser and mirror

9.Possibly controversial — this person updated their living space by painting their brick fireplace white:

A before and after of a brick fireplace, left unpainted and right painted white, room renovationA before and after of a brick fireplace, left unpainted and right painted white, room renovation

10.These homeowners updated their cabin-like bathroom to be a bit more modern and minimalist:

A cabin wood-style bathroom updated to modern finishesA cabin wood-style bathroom updated to modern finishes

11.This new homeowner painted their knotty pine bedroom grey, which received some mixed reviews from Reddit’s peanut gallery:

A before-and-after photo of a renovated attic bedroom: the top image shows a cluttered space with a low bed, while the bottom image features a modern, tidy room with a stylish bed and decorA before-and-after photo of a renovated attic bedroom: the top image shows a cluttered space with a low bed, while the bottom image features a modern, tidy room with a stylish bed and decor

12.And lastly, the people of r/centuryhomes weren’t too thrilled to see this modern update to a 1909 home’s bathroom…

Before and after bathroom renovation comparison: The left side shows an older, compact bathroom with minimal decor. The right side displays a modern, spacious bathroom with dual sinks, large mirrors, and a walk-in showerBefore and after bathroom renovation comparison: The left side shows an older, compact bathroom with minimal decor. The right side displays a modern, spacious bathroom with dual sinks, large mirrors, and a walk-in shower

…we all have different tastes! You can be the judge yourself.

u/netizen13660 / Via reddit.com

That’s a wrap for my findings! Personally, I am a maximalist when it comes to design (if you couldn’t already tell), so I was pleasantly surprised that not everything was bland, boring, or skewing minimalist. However, if I were to pinpoint a big 2020s home trend, I’d say it would be lots of white (sooo much white) and contrasting black or grey accents.

Modern bathroom with vanity, mirror, and shower reflected in the mirror with a person visibleModern bathroom with vanity, mirror, and shower reflected in the mirror with a person visible

Let me know what you think of all the renovations, though! And what home designs do you think we’ll look back on and say, “That’s so 2020s”? (I apologize for already painting that picture in your mind.)