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Project by sblg43 posted 01-05-2010 07:57 AM 2079 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My largest project! When my wife and I bought our house, it was a moral imperative that we updated a few things.

I have included pics of the kitchen and hallway before the improvements. You can guess what pics those are!

First things first, update the kitchen cabinets. This turned into a complete gutting of the kitchen. It included new flooring, new sink, new appliances and pine trim all around to replace that nasty dark mahogany from the 70’s. I am happy to say that my kitchen cost me no more than $3000 to completely gut and remodel. That includes stainless steel refrigerator, stainless steel dishwasher, and a new stove/oven and hood.

I have been slowly replacing dark paneling and mahogany trim with drywall and pine trim for years now. As you can see in the hallway pic, I replaced the dark doors with six panel pine doors and added 3/4” Hickory hardwood flooring down the hallway. The hallway also had dark paneling (left wall) and you can see that it is now painted drywall.

Buying new cabinets was not an option, so I had to learn how to build ‘em. You may ask.. Would you ever do it again? – IN A HEARTBEAT! It was an awesome thing to build my own kitchen cabinets!

The cabinets are 1/2” maple ply with solid maple face frames and solid maple doors. I did not build the doors. They came from Waltzcraft of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

I have also become a big fan of the Kreg Pocket hole jig.

-- If you want perfection, buy plastic, if you want character, buy wood!

13 comments so far

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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 01-05-2010 08:12 AM

Wow I love the work you did on your home, by the way you have a beautiful home. Awesome work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 01-05-2010 12:00 PM

Very nice. You’re a few months ahead of me :)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#3 posted 01-05-2010 03:07 PM

Sweet! I bet you have a hard time not staring at the cabinets every time you walk in the kitchen!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#4 posted 01-05-2010 04:03 PM

The house and the cabinets look great. I agree with you about the Kreg jig. It was my best friend on my last Big project.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 01-05-2010 04:39 PM

Nice kitchen, incredible price.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 01-05-2010 05:16 PM

Nice job, I am contemplating doing my own as well. Norm has a series on right now and inspiring me as he always does to do it myself. Thanks for letting us see your work.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#7 posted 01-05-2010 05:52 PM

Fantastic job a great looking kitchen

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-05-2010 06:38 PM

Excellent work! When you and your wife are entertaining, and somebody mentions how nice the kitchen is… They might not understand the grin…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#9 posted 01-05-2010 07:52 PM

Thanks for all the great comments. The greatest reward that I find about my kitchen and home improvements, is that people want to gather for the holidays at my house, just because it turned out so nice. It’s a great feeling.

-- If you want perfection, buy plastic, if you want character, buy wood!

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#10 posted 01-05-2010 09:57 PM

Nice looking kitchen.

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#11 posted 01-06-2010 02:29 AM

Great job on the reconstruction.

I’m working on my second kitchen.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 01-06-2010 02:45 AM

Very nice. I like how you saved the space in the corner by providing access to the bar side. Well played.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#13 posted 01-07-2010 02:21 AM

Great looking kitchen!

-- Janice

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