A Kitchen That Cooks

By: Danny Lipford
Danny Lipford in kitchen cabinet showroom.

Danny Lipford in kitchen cabinet showroom.

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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then a kitchen renovation is like open heart surgery. We’re taking a look at three very different kitchen remodels, from contemporary to classic to historic, all of which result in a more functional and attractive kitchen.

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen before contemporary kitchen remodel.

Osburn kitchen before contemporary kitchen remodel.


In remodeling her kitchen, Kim Osburn, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, wanted to increase the functionally and traffic flow of her narrow, galley kitchen. After consulting with designers at KSI Kitchen & Bath, Kim decided on dark wood cabinets from Merillat with blue pearl granite countertops.

Kitchen after contemporary kitchen remodel.

Osburn kitchen after contemporary kitchen remodel.

A glass and stainless steel tile backsplash provided the perfect accent for a sleek, contemporary look. Contrasting hardwood floors gave the kitchen a warm feeling of home.

Find out more about this kitchen renovation at Dream Kitchen.

Classic Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen before classic kitchen remodel.

Paradis kitchen before classic kitchen remodel.

The goals for Linda Paradis, of Stafford, Virginia, in her kitchen renovation were to open up the space while improving the usability of the kitchen cabinets. Linda worked with designers at Reico Kitchen & Bath to plan the look and layout of her kitchen.

Kitchen after classic kitchen remodel.

Paradis kitchen after classic kitchen remodel.

To open up the space, the wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed and replaced with a bar. Linda selected light brown, Shaker style, wood cabinets from Merillat with DeNova quartz countertops.

Find out more about this kitchen renovation at Today’s Dream Kitchen.

Historic Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen before historic kitchen remodel.

Lyon kitchen before historic kitchen remodel.


Tom and Sue Lyon, of Mobile, Alabama, wanted to turn the clock back in their kitchen to make it more in keeping with their 1922 historic home. Out went the 1950s era painted metal cabinets; and in came white, frame and panel cabinets with nickel hardware, contrasting dark granite countertops, and a colorful mosaic tile backsplash.

Kitchen after historic kitchen remodel.

Lyon kitchen after historic kitchen remodel.

The oak hardwood kitchen floor was chosen to match the rest of the home. Much attention to detail went into matching the new trim to the existing moldings in the house.

Find out more about this kitchen renovation at What’s New Is Old Again.

Other Tips from This Episode

Adding kitty litter to kitchen garbage can to control odors.

Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Kitchen Garbage Can Odors

To absorb liquids and reduce odors in kitchen garbage cans, put a layer of newspaper in the bottom of the can and in the garbage bag. Sprinkle a cup of scented kitty litter inside the garbage bag to soak up liquids and give a fresh smell.

Trafficmaster Allure Ultra Flooring

Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
Trafficmaster Allure Ultra Flooring

Trafficmaster Allure Ultra is floating, vinyl flooring with the look of real wood that’s 100% waterproof, locks together without glue for easy installation, and comes with a lifetime residential warranty. Allure Ultra flooring is available at The Home Depot.

Installing Tile Backsplash Over Drywall

Ask Danny Lipford:
Tile Backsplash Over Drywall

You can install a tile kitchen backsplash directly over drywall or plaster without cement backer board as long as the surface is fairly flat and smooth. Use a notched trowel to apply thinset adhesive to the drywall, install the tile, then grout after the adhesive has cured overnight.

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