refinished kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters and stainless-steel appliances
Photo: Jason Varney
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More than once we threw up our hands and swore we’d walk away from the madness—at least for a few days. In the end, we just went to work in separate rooms and cooled off, ­knowing that if we stopped it wouldn’t be easy to return to the grinding routine. To ease the tension we blasted the ­radio and sang out loud.

Fortunately, whenever I wanted to rush through a ­project to get it done, Dad kept true to his attention to ­detail. If every window molding and cornice was shot, he got out his rotary tools and replicated them, right down to the exterior cornices’ original anchor motif.

Shown: The remodeled kitchen was given an update with cherry cabinets, granite counters, and stainless-steel appliances.
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