white hutch in colonial revival home
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5. Ask how much you'd pay yourself. "We were ready to hire a crew to hang our shutters, but they wanted $250 a window—not unreasonable, but for that price, I figured I could do it myself.” Others might be daunted by 18 windows, but not Jim. "Less time than I expected,” he says.

Shown: Jim painstakingly added framing to the linen hutch, rebuilt its drawers and glides, and added a rollout shelf for bath products.
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