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Project by DynaBlue posted 08-31-2009 07:36 PM 2264 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, somewhere between my sister’s jewelry box and my mom’s jewelry box I got the wildly unsubstantiated notion that I might be accidentally turning into a woodworker. In a fit of fevered delusion I decided to update my kitchen in Hawaii from 1970’s high end design to, well, something else; I wasn’t quite sure what because I’d never even contemplated what the final project should look like. Valuable life tip from your Uncle Scott – have a plan before you tear out the first thing!

So me and my trusty Ryobi battery operated tool set attacked the kitchen (with the help of my collapsing Ryobi table saw). After about eight months of not having an intact kitchen I wound up with something better than I started with and I had picked up some valuable lessons along the way (ie, butt joints aren’t worth a tinker’s damn in cabinet door construction, poplar is MUCH cheaper than maple and looks just a good under paint, and wives with torn up kitchens are wonderful motivational instruments!).

I had to add a few cabinets, build a pantry/microwave shelf, moved a few cabinets, refaced most cabinets and replaced the sink and counter top but in the end I’d spent under $2000 in materials and come sale time the realtor made sure that she left ‘before’ pictures for each prospective buyer. She says it added $20k to the sale of the house. Who knew?

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 08-31-2009 09:20 PM

Really great job! I’m in the middle of a kitchen refurb in a flip house and am going the same direction. I wonder if you could send me some higher resolution pics of your final product for a few ideas? Also, was the tile behind the stove a necessity (safety or code requirement) or did you so it just for aesthetics?

-- Joey C., Baton Rouge, LA,

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#2 posted 09-01-2009 01:24 AM

Great job.

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#3 posted 09-01-2009 01:28 AM

It came out great looks super.


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#4 posted 09-01-2009 01:54 AM

Definitely worth it. At first, I thought the first pic WAS the redesign. Thank goodness I clicked in!

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#5 posted 09-01-2009 03:01 AM

KnockOnWood- Tile was not code that I know if. My wife (still girlfriend at that time) suggested it and in the interest of continued relations I went with it. Never regretted it. I’ve got probably 20 pictures of that job in all, are there any portions you’d particularly like to see? I can check if I have what you’re looking for.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#6 posted 09-01-2009 03:46 AM

DynaBlue, You really did good! Your kitchen turned out great and you got your girlfriend to marry you after all that. Great job! lol

-- John @

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#7 posted 09-02-2009 04:13 AM

A nice transformation.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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