Frugal Beauty: Before
Who: Alma Moore-Egen and Bradley Egen
Where: Kalamazoo, Mich.
We didn't think the hickory cabinets and white laminate counters suited our 1860 farmhouse, and when snakes surfaced a remodel was a high priority. I had big dreams, but Bradley and I both knew we had to do everything on the cheap. So we sanded and milk-painted the cabinets and added vintage-style knobs. We topped the base cabinets with cherry butcher block and used 12-inch boards crowned with molding to make the upper cabinets look ceiling-height.