a reader remodeled kitchen before in Piney Flats, Tenn.
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Fixing A Disaster: Before

Who: Carolyn H
Where: Piney Flats, Tenn.

The kitchen is 13 by 17 feet. When we bought the house 5 years ago, it was a disaster. We stripped all the woodwork (using Dad's stripper), most of which was painted lime green. The house did have its original pantry, which was painted white. We needed someplace to put a return, as there was no heating system in the house, so we took off the closet door and put the return in the bottom, painting the cover a flat black. We found an antique built-in bookcase ($175) that had come out of an old house and placed it in the top half and built the trim around the door using a router and saw. It made a nice glass cabinet.
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