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      02-16-2016, 11:11 PM   #15
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One more of the projects we're super proud of was our kitchen right when we bought our house two years ago. Aside from drywall and the hardwood floors it was DIY w/ the help of my old man. Took about two months to complete and we pretty much lived out of our dining room. We tore down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, ripped out the soffit, kept the old cabinets and refinished them (a royal PITA to do properly). Bought the island base off of Craigslist for $30, island butcher block from Ikea and refinished both. Added can lighting, ripped out the weird pantry/laundry chute, and widened out the doorways.

One secret for cabinets... 42" cabinets (or taller) are all the rage. If you have shorter cabinets (like we did), you can add upside down baseboard + crown molding at the top to add height. That gives the illusion of them being taller than they are. Take that Chip and Joanna Gaines lol.

The before (in the kitchen - look at the classy 1960's cabinets)

Another before from the dining room looking towards the kitchen

During (down to studs and how it looked for almost 6 weeks)

The finished deal