We Read This Old House: After

Who: Ezra and Nancy S.
Where: Lincoln, Mont.

Ezra's father, an experienced woodworker, guided us through construction of three custom cabinets that would match the existing cabinets but weren't available as stock options: a refrigerator-depth upper cabinet, an open-face upper cabinet and an angled corner base cabinet. We also purchased three stock cabinets and modified them with seeded glass door inserts. We cleaned, primed, and painted all cabinets, rearranging the configuration. Taking 2 feet from the dining room, we moved the dishwasher next to the sink, making a 12-foot-square space. Concrete countertops and floor, beadboard backsplash, stained hemlock trim and corbels, and cast-iron handles complete the look.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $1,000 to $5,000
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