Reader's kitchen after remodel
Photo: Melissa M.
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Free Granite, New Kitchen: After

Who: Melissa M.
Where: Louisville, Ky.

When I saw an ad for free granite, I jumped on it. First, bottom cabinets were painted black, and the upper ones painted white. We tiled our backsplash, and an eat-in island was put on casters so that we could move the piece for buffets. A black-and-white tile floor completes the classic look. Very few cabinets were made, and the granite didn't have to be cut—we just made it fit our space.

Who did the work: I did some of the work myself, but a contractor did most of it.

Cost: $1,000 to $5,000
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