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jackiemikkelsen

Love this article!!! So many people don't have the money to do a complete gut job. We recently bought a 1945 cottage home that was in really rough condition. We are finally mortgage free so I didn't want to take out a loan for a new kitchen. I decided to embrace the character of the kitchen and freshen it up with vintage color. The update cost me $500.00 ($200.00 backsplash and $300.00 flooring) I painted the cabinets, countertops, and walls with left over paint. I spray painted the hardware and light fixture with left over spray paint. I painted the old plastic wall tiles with left over chalk paint and polyacrylic. We have flipped lots of houses and have rentals so I had lots of left over supplies and we were able to do everything ourselves which saves major $$$$

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terrib962

ALL these kitchens are nicer than 99% of the new remodeled or new kitchens in the photos in other articles! Love these! Solid wood OLD cabinets or Metal OLD cabinets are BETTER ANY DAY than new cheap fiber/particle board cabinets. And new good solid wood are for very rich folks - very expensive. Secondhand solid wood better than new cheap. I did my 1907 kitchen in 1940's metal cabinets free or cheap off craigslist and spent less than $500 on a 13x15 kitchen! (Plus Appliances which I bought low end basic functional old-fashioned looking white at a scratch and dent store - they go well with the old cabinets) Right after closing on house I sold a 5 yrs old fiberboard kitchen for $1,000 - previous owner spent quite a bit to make an ugly cheap kitchen. I LOVE my 40's double drainboard white metal sink! Taking it with me to the next house I buy. . .

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craigmerrow

Here's an update on mine from my earlier post - still under construction, so you'll have to forgive the mess. I bought a Big Chill Slimline refrigerator to compliment the sink and oven. I built the counters from leftover framing lumber and a couple sheets of 1/2" plywood. It's very rugged and probably structural overkill, but that cast iron sink is really heavy - I don't think any of the particle board stuff available would support it for very long! Eventually I will build cupboards to go above the oven and add drawer fronts to the Rev-A-Shelf bins, and I'm working on obtaining some hardwood from a basketball court to repurpose into butcher block countertops.

   
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