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When most couples reach 25 years of marriage, also known as the silver anniversary, they often exchange jewelry or gleaming keepsakes to commemorate the day.

Heidi Tait, a former paralegal and now a student aid, decided to do something special for her husband of a quarter century — a new kitchen! But it wasn't as easy as just installing new cabinets or applying fresh paint. Heidi needed help, and appealed to TODAY for a kitchen makeover.

According to Heidi, a kitchen renovation has been long overdue, and has always taken a back seat to other family necessities like cars, college tuition and a wedding celebration for one of their children. Now that they're facing an "empty nest" at home together, Heidi felt it was time to tackle the kitchen, and appealed to TODAY for help.

(Renovate TODAY is created with our sponsor Lowe’s)

"Not much has changed much since we purchased the house in 1996, it was built in 1987," said Tait. "As a 25th wedding present I would love to give my husband Bob a new kitchen. It would be a great surprise for my husband as an anniversary present to not have to worry about the expense and time updating the kitchen. Empty nest syndrome is difficult and we would love to have a new kitchen for family dinners," she said.

TODAY contributor Jill Martin, along with Lowe's head designer Deb Lesinski and her team, stepped up to the challenge.

Here's what they did to transform this kitchen from boring to beautiful:

Out with the old...

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This is what the Tait's kitchen looked like before TODAY and Lowe's stepped in.
  • Demolition of the cabinets, countertops, flooring, sink, faucet, molding and stove
  • All debris removed so the designers had a clean slate to work with
  • Disconnection of all appliances, including the fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher — these were later reinstalled
  • Demolition of the ceiling stucco drywall

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And in with the new...

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Here's the dramatic after photo of the Tait's kitchen renovation after TODAY and Lowe's stepped in to help.
  • TODAY and the Lowe's design team installed new cabinets with moldings
  • Installation of new laminate countertops installed with a beveled custom edge
  • Sink and new faucet
  • New garbage disposal
  • New range
  • New luxury vinyl floor and grout
  • New wall at refrigerator, new walls and doors to create a new double pantry
  • New banquette seating with flip lid
  • All custom moldings applied around the room
  • New drywall installed on ceiling to eliminate stucco finish
  • Creation of a steel magnet board and paint chalkboard black
  • New recessed cans installed in ceiling, new hanging pendants over island and sink
  • Installation of new under cabinet lighting and updating of all electrical to meet state and local codes
  • For the plumbing, all lines were moved to meet state and local codes
  • Installation of porcelain mosaic backsplash and grout
  • The design team also supplied furniture for the space including a new dining table, chairs for table and an island
  • Decorative elements — like pillows, frames, countertop accessories — finished off the look

Great job, team!

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