a reader remodeled kitchen before in Minneapolis, Minn.
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No Longer a Cave: Before

Who: June B
Where: Minneapolis, Minn.

When I moved into our 1970s split foyer house, I knew I had a challenge. I loved the quality of light throughout the rooms, the floor plan, and my husband's wonderful landscaping, but the outdated kitchen with its dark cabinets and '70s wallpaper was like a cave.

A neutral floor had already been put in, but still everyone laughed when I said I could redo the kitchen for $10,000. The biggest expenses were the Silestone countertops and stainless steel appliances. Since new cabinets wouldn't buy more space, we had the cupboards oil-painted a stark white, then antiqued them with a chocolate glaze. This process is very forgiving for old wood. Wanting a bit of dazzle, I bought glass knobs and pulls and used ceramic tile with a few custom inserts for the back splash.
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