daniel kanter kitchen renovation with west elm market

Daniel Kanter of Manhattan Nest recently began renovating the 1840s house he purchased with his boyfriend in upstate New York, and his first step was an affordable overhaul of the original kitchen.

The original space’s problems ranged from weird wiring to vinyl-brick-patterned wallpaper, but Daniel totally succeeded in transforming his kitchen into a fresh and inviting space on a budget!

See for yourself how Daniel turned the kitchen from nightmare to dream space.

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Cutting board - daniel kanter kitchen renovation with west elm

“The space was a total nightmare when we moved in—crumbling linoleum floor, 1950s old wood cabinets with lots of wear and tear and corroding hardware and drippy polyurethane, leaky pipes running through it…everything was terrible. With a ton of elbow grease, lots of resourceful DIYing, a hefty dose of crazy, and some amazing products from west elm Market, though, we were able to completely transform the space on a budget.”

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Kitchen trays + towel - daniel kanter kitchen renovation with west elm

“The main light fixture in the room was a thrift find ($7!) in Sweden last summer. I carried it around disassembled in my suitcase for the entire trip and then hoarded it for a year when we got home… Lesson: always hoard light fixtures. You might buy a house and need them. It happened to me, people.”

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Jean Morgan

August 29, 2013

Love it! Especially the shelving, clever use of space! As was your use of paint!

christelle harris

August 29, 2013

woua love it !!! good job where the shelving is from???/


August 29, 2013

I can’t believe he kept that old stove! Otherwise, nice job! Love the tile work.


August 29, 2013

Daniel really needs a vent above the stove top with a functional fan. Cooking releases noxious chemicals that need to be ventilated out of the home (not to mention that humidity and condensation will be ever-present in the kitchen without it). Otherwise, very charming.

Frances Rollins

August 29, 2013

You did a great job,I live in a RV and would love to have my kitchen remodeled they say can not be done but I do not agree I have a big slide for my kitchen and living room and I have faith but no money,you should be proud of your work you are very talkented, God Bless


August 29, 2013

I love the transformation. Clean , crisp, and white! Also It is quite clear you purchased a new stove 🙂


August 29, 2013

That is my dream kitchen!
You did a wonderful job!

Bonnie Fallahi

August 29, 2013

Love this make-over!! QUESTION!! How did you change the red brick behind the stove to white subway tile???? That is magic. This kitchen is inspirational for me as I want to remodel a house I bought! Thanks for sharing.


August 29, 2013

Love the mix of new and old, especially the light fixture (well worth the effort) and the vintage stove.


August 29, 2013

What is the flooring?

Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

August 29, 2013

That kitchen is adorable. I am loving the grout on the tile.


August 29, 2013

I like that you kept the stove — I would have (stupidly) dumped it. It looks great in the space–fits right in. Is the linoleum floor in sheets or squares? Lokks fab!

Shiva @ Living Canvas Designs

August 29, 2013

I agree with Stella. A vent should preferably be added in the near future. Other than that, everything is wonderful! Clean, minimal and functional! I hope Daniel enjoys his newly transformed kitchen! 🙂


August 29, 2013


erin @ dfmi designs

August 29, 2013

Fantastic transformation! Thanks for sharing!

leslie williams

August 29, 2013

@emily u didnt look closely at the stove or u would have noticed it was it different stove .. go back and look again …. .. he did a beautiful job on the kitchen !


August 30, 2013

I love the new look! Very clean and a nice homage to the bones of the house, while updated to today. However, it is clearly a replacement stove- the original was gas and the new one is electric! I wonder why you didn’t stay with gas?


August 30, 2013

News Flash – it’s not the same stove. Just another “vintage” stove that looks great in the space. But yes, it does need a vent.


August 30, 2013

@Emily and Tamara, the stove he had was a double oven gas stove, the stove he has now is a single oven electric!!!


August 30, 2013

Caroline, the floor is VCT. There is a materials/cost list near the bottom of his blog article.


August 30, 2013

beautiful! so brave to do all white in a kitchen…must not have kids or dogs!


August 30, 2013

yeah, what up with replacing one old stove with another old stove?


August 31, 2013

Emily… look again, it is NOT the same stove. I just love the work that you did, AWESOME job!


August 31, 2013

What a restful and fresh looking kitchen! Just love it! Well done! White is always a marvelous way to make a small space look more expansive. Now I want to cook there! 🙂


August 31, 2013

Personally, I would have preferred to keep the wood floor, but otherwise, WOW!!!


September 3, 2013

I love the simplicity of this kitchen. Nicely done!


September 6, 2013

The black and white is so understated and elegant with natural wood.


September 9, 2013

I am so impressed.


May 26, 2014

Next time the plumber comes, have him unhook the radiator long enough to prime and paint the wall behind it. It shows and would bother some people. The alternative is a very skinny roller on an extension stick.


October 25, 2014

What’s the flooring? I’m redoing my kitchen and a commercial grade linoleum tile from Armstrong is a top contender. Is that what that is?

Eliza Anne Jones

October 29, 2014

I very much like what Daniel did with this kitchen. Sometimes, deep cleaning an older stove is all that’s needed. I love the new flooring and painted radiator. The room looks great now. There’s a warmth about it that reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen, but with a nice contemporary edge.

Don Bronkema

October 29, 2014

$$$ ?

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