before and after kitchen remodel
photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Opt for Paint-Grade Cabinets

Offset the cost of detailed woodwork by doing it in paint-grade species like poplar or beech. Kara's trusted carpenter built this kitchen's furniture-look cabinets, complete with chamfered feet, cornice trim, and recessed-panel doors, for $13,000—about half of what they cost in stain-grade cherry.

Bonus Idea: Simple porcelain subway tiles, $1.25 per square foot, suit this kitchen just as well as costly art tiles.
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