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Cook Up a Kitchen Makeover in Your Shop
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Cook Up a Kitchen Makeover in Your Shop
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Think of your kitchen as a woodworking project, not a remodeling job, and you'll see how easy it is to bring old cabinets back to life. Your skills can create a fresh look that also boosts your home's value.

The secret: Reuse existing cabinets and only add new ones to solve kitchen layout problems. To prove that's possible, we changed the following in this '50s-era kitchen for less than $2,000:

  • Replaced the doors and drawers.
  • Stained the existing face frames to match the new doors and drawer fronts.
  • Replaced the wall oven with a pantry cabinet.
  • Replaced the cooktop peninsula with a snack counter that houses a range.
  • Added decorative cabinet accents, such as a simple crown molding, and up-to-date knobs and pulls.
  • Added pull-out organizers.

On top of what we did for $2,000, the homeowner added a new dishwasher, sink, faucet, lights, and countertops.

Featured in the March 2010 issue of WOOD.

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