$75 Kitchen Facelift




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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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Years ago we lived in a small house built in the 1890s. It had been added on to 2x throughout the years, as evidenced by different material used in each addition. I tried to fix a leaking cast iron kitchen sink and found out that over time it had leaked into the floorboards, which had to be gutted, which led to ripping out walls, adding electrical outlets, a window kitchen cabinets and counters, etc., etc. 6 months/$10,000 later we stopped washing our plates in a plastic tub and stopped eating microwaved meals....all because of a leaky sink.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yup - the kitchen is usually the beastie, because it's a high traffic and high use area, as well as running water. It *has* to be just right. My version of this drama started with a plan for a new kitchen - tearing it all out to the wall studs, adding a new hole for a door to the outside, adding a space for the washer and dryer (no more garage runs) which took six months. Luckily, it was just the two of us, not a family. Of course, my "scope creep" became replacing the electric MAIN from the periscope down, to go to 100amp box, and in turn, we got a new hottub for that new main, and then it needed a nice deck to go from the new door in the kitchen out to the new deck and hottub. Then came the conversion from a garage into a master bedroom and bath, with another new hole in the wall, for double french doors out to the backyard, as well as a larger window, plus the extra electrical (to which I found two shorts for outlets, plus *every* light in the house on one circuit, explaining why lights dimmed every time the laundry went to spin cycle) plus adding a full floor to match the height of the existing house, plus pouring concrete to put in a permanent wall where the garage door was (which was a bonus in disguise, as I wound up with a tile guy to lay in the shower pan mud, plus lay the travertine for the whole new bath instead of me!) which meant reworking the sidewalk and a new driveway on the opposite side of the house (corner lot...and again not me! Yay!) Which then meant an upgrade to the walkway from the new driveway to that kitchen door, so new redwood fencing (not me! yay!) and then new sprinkler system in that area and new sod (boo, all me) and the work finally came to a standstill while putting in the last concrete stone for the walk through the new sod I dropped that last stone directly on my big toe. (Lost the toenail on that one.)


    9 years ago

    Good idea but what's the best paint/primer (to spray) on a wooden/melamine kitchen and also a good clear coat?