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looks gorgeous!
the agony and time is worth the wait.


What a challenging experience! It is a shame that it is so hard to recycle and reuse. But the new kitchen does look good :-)

Thank you for your congrats re my column. x t.


To my non US eyes your new kitchen doesnt look all that different to the old one. Did you have a new layout? Ive seen people change just the doors, which can have a surprising impact.

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Hi Red,
We didn't change the overall layout of the kitchen (too expensive and not necessary), although we made minor changes to where things were located--the microwave and wall oven were moved to open up space near the stovetop and create a focal point at the stove. We couldn't just change the cabinet doors because the old cabinets were laminate with rounded corners and there was no way to attach wood to them. (It is a good idea for those who can do it, though--you're right.) Perhaps you'd need to see the old kitchen to get the full effect--it was very cold and "sterile" with its artificial surfaces. In addition to all of the changes I noted in the post (cabinets, countertops, lighting, appliances), we also changed the paint color from stark white to a warm brown, and elongated the island for more entertaining space. The new kitchen is more functional for us and more welcoming to guests.

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