Kitchen with Marble Tile, Concrete Counters, Wood Cabinets and Butcher-Block Island
Photo: Brian Gomsak
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Before: Changes Bring Better Function

They upgraded the fridge with black appliance paint, then splurged on a gas range and a butcher-block island top. Dick, who builds movie sets for a living, even made the cabinet pulls. Today, Karin is hard put to say which pleases her most: the polished concrete that replaced the "ugly old tile" or the new layout, which increased work space and opened the room to the sunroom. "That changed not just the kitchen," she says. "The whole house now works better!"

Shown: The range gave up its spot to the right of the sink to make way for an opening to the sunroom.
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