a reader remodeled kitchen after in Kalamazoo, MI
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Frugal Beauty: After

Who: Alma Moore-Egen and Bradley Egen
Where: Kalamazoo, Mich.

Every weekend for 11 months we endured chaos and exhaustion, learning as we went along and begging for help from relatives. My brother-in-law built the cabinets that enclose the fridge. Together, we did just about everything. We even made the range hood and a dish rack, although a metalworker made the range backsplash, the sink, and a new top for an old table we had, turning it into an island. Now the kitchen's a paradise, with no snakes!

Who did the work: I did all the work myself
Cost: $10,000
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