A Kitty-less Kitchen

Let’s say you want to buy a fixer-upper.  Something with an outdated kitchen, popcorn ceilings, musty carpet, whatever.  You’re cool with it. You know what fixer-uppers are made of and you can handle it.

But how low is that bar?  How far would a fixer-upper have to go to scare you off?  What if it was a former meth house?  Yeah, that would do it for me.  Scene of a heinous crime?  No thanks.  Neighborhood kids think it’s haunted?  Nope. You can’t renovate a ghost.

What if it was formerly occupied by a herd of feral cats?  That’s what Better After reader Missy and her husband got themselves into when they bought this home which she describes as ‘absolutely disgusting.’  I believe her!  She says there were at least twelve cats living here.  Twelve cats. TWELVE CATS. *shudder*

But they evicted the cats and did most all of the work themselves to create this beautiful open-concept kitchen. It doesn’t even look like the same space! Did I mention she was pregnant the entire time?  Super woman. I would still be crying in a corner about the cats.

 Gorgeous open-concept kitchen makeover on betterafter.net 
Gorgeous open-concept kitchen makeover on betterafter.net

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  1. Missy is a brave lady. Missy is also a lady with a beautiful kitchen. Way to go, Missy!

  2. OMG, this is AMAZING!!!!!!! This has been turned from a catbox into a DREAM kitchen! Did they paint the existing cabinets? If so how did they find matching cabinets to add to the right side? I’m inspired to tackle my outdated, popcorn ceiling musty cabinet kitchen after seeing this.

  3. WOW – gorgeous !!!

  4. Great makeover. I like animals and all but I’m really wondering if the place smelled seriously of kitty litter.

  5. Beautiful! What an amazing makeover.

  6. oh WOW

  7. Wow, what a change! I love the diamond backsplash behind the stove. …is it weird that my first thought was “I hope the cats are ok”?

  8. wow for everything! but I always drool when a double oven is involved..

  9. Absolutely stunning! I love the tile backsplash and the bright open space. What a great gathering place for friends and family.

  10. HOLY COW!!! That is beautiful!!!!

  11. best makeover I’ve ever seen on here…. and that’s saying A LOT!!!

  12. Beautiful job. But, my first thoughts also were about the cats. I hope she was able to get a rescue group that works will feral cats to catch/spay/neuter and release.


  14. Beautiful kitchen but I also am concerned about the fate of the cats.

  15. SHUT UP! That’s not even the same house! That is absolutely gorgeous. I thought painting our cabinets totally changed our kitchen but this…this is UH-MAY-ZING!

  16. Lakitia A. says:

    Oh wow. I would have ran at the thought of 12 cats. I don’t like them…HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE with them.

  17. LOVE THIS! I’m just a bit jealous right now.

  18. OMG I love how you did the kitchen… the back splash and the floors are to die for.

  19. We are in the middle of a remodel that looks exactly like this! Can you send me the dimensions for your island?

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