Introduction: $75 Kitchen Facelift

About: If it breaks, fix it. If it works, take it apart. If it can be bought, make it. If it doesn't exist, create it.

Every project always starts off small... then balloons.
In this case... My mom bought a full unit gas range/oven at her house.
We used to have an in counter electric range with no stove underneath.
The installer just used a sawsall, cut the edge of the counter off... and slid the new unit in.

Two problems: 
The edge of the counter was rough.
There was a 1/2" gap between the counter and new range.

The fix:
1 | Remove cabinet under the counter on the left side of the range.
2 | Clean cut counter edges with circular saw.
3 | Iron on melamine.
4 | Shift everything right. Reassemble... 

That was it.... that was the only thing I had to do...

Step 1: How It Ballooned.

Pic 1: So after ripping the edges

Pic 2: Reassembly.

Pic 3: Almost done.... just have to slid the cabinet under the counter!!!

Pic 4: All Done!!
           Then my sister makes a comment how we now had 2 ovens and 2 microwaves.
           ugghhhhh..... it really made no sense!!!
           and it was taking up soooo much space.

Step 2: Microwave & Oven Removal

Before you do anything...
Go downstairs to the circuit breaker and turn those fuses off.

Pic 1: Removing the door to the oven.

Pic 2: Emptied!

Step 3: Cabinet Re-org

After removing the Microwave/Oven Cabinet.

Pic 1: Shifting the long tall cabinet to the right.

Pic 2: By cutting the bottom two cabinets from underneath the Oven.
           I made a set of above Fridge cabinets!

Pic 3: Everything Back in place... Done right?... 
           Not quite.

Pic 4: If you have been looking closely... the cabinet doors have seen better days.
           On some of the more used panels the wicker faces started to peel off the base.

Step 4: Paint!

Pic 1 & 2: Remove all cabinet doors
                  Remove all handles
                  Mask wooden borders.
                  (I removed and sanded the doors with the wicker missing)

Pic 3: Lay down tarp.
           Start Painting!

Step 5: Done!

Commercial cabinet units are not that difficult to manipulate.
For the price of paint, brushes and a white board...
you can your give the kitchen a quick refresh without breaking the bank.

Pic 1: Fridge view

Pic 2: Overall.

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