A traditional kitchen get an improved layout and updated finishes in a remodel that also yields a surprise

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Katy Nast and son Andrew didn’t like being in their kitchen. The closed-off room cut them off from guests in the dining room, and Katy felt distanced from her son when he was doing his homework in another room. Plus, the kitchen’s mustard-yellow countertops and worn-out cabinets lacked appeal. “It just wasn’t functional, and I love to cook,” Katy says.