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DIY Bungalow Redo

After four years of remodeling weekends, a DIYer and his partner made a 1919 bungalow into an inviting home, complete with a colorful, rustic kitchen.

They had an ugly, unfinished pine floor beneath the old vinyl flooring. After seeing someone paint a floor on TV, they decided to give it a try. They spent two weeks painstakingly taping off the floor and creating a diamond pattern with several shades of $5-per-gallon "oops" paint that had been returned to the home center. Next, they installed a new light, bought a restaurant supply cart for an island, and finished painting the space.

The kitchen didn't look complete, though, until they re-vamped the cabinets to replicate a Shaker-style. They'd still like to add a dishwasher and new counters, but for less than $300 in materials and a lot of work, it looks much, much better.
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