Tour My Kitchen with Kerry Robinson

Lights...Cabinets...Action! A sunny spruce-up makes this kitchen a star attraction.

Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson

When my husband, Robert, and I decided to remodel about 3 years ago, our kitchen was long overdue for an update. Our home is 14 years old, and the kitchen looked it—dark oak cabinets, Formica countertops and a big fluorescent light over the island that was way too bright.

We wanted more space for entertaining, too. So we combined the kitchen remodel with a great room expansion and installed floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the two rooms with natural sunlight.

Our new kitchen boasts slightly distressed maple cabinets, hardwood floors and granite countertops. But my favorite features are the two dishwashers and side-by-side ovens.

The stovetop has a big grill and six burners that are great for holidays or when we have a bunch of people over. I no longer find myself standing at the stove for long periods of time. There have actually been occasions when I've had all six burners going at once!

The breakfast bar is a family gathering place, and there are enough stools for everyone. Our kids—Matt, 16; Jack, 12; and Kelly, 10—often do their homework here, and I love that I can talk with family or guests while I'm preparing dinner.

Living through a major kitchen renovation is no picnic. During our yearlong stint without a kitchen, I cooked with a microwave and a griddle in the laundry room. Surprisingly, we ate out very little. I'm so glad those days are over, but it was definitely worth every minute!

Kerry's Tip: Do your homework! If you don't, it slows down the project. Know how you want the kitchen to look and what you want before the first wall is torn down.

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