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Out go the tile countertops with their stained grout; in comes a cool swath of dark granite. The high-gloss zebrawood cabinets by KraftMaid and a glass-tile backsplash in seafoam green really give the space its snap! "This wasn't the house for a white kitchen—it needed more personality," Nate says. "The finish of the wood is sophisticated, but pairing it with glass tile and a stainless-steel worktable makes it feel a little younger."