blue kitchen
Photographs: Ted Morrison

Same Places, New Faces:
Less Than $20,000

It takes guts to buy a house with a hideous kitchen, but if the price is right and the remodel is well budgeted, ugly ducklings can be worthy investments. "We loved everything else about this house at first sight," says Lisa Centner, “but my husband said, ‘Forget it. There’s no way I can live in a house with a pink kitchen.’” Encouraged by the workable layout and ample size of the Winnetka, Illinois, space, Lisa convinced her husband, Geoff, that they could revitalize the room for less than $20,000.
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