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January 11, 2007

Patience pays off!

If you've been reading for awhile, you'll know that we've been looking for a set of used kitchen cabinets to use in our kitchen renovation for quite some time. Twice we thought we'd found some, but both times they ended up being sold to someone else. You'd be suprised how many people out there are looking for second hand cabinets. It's wonderful that so many of them are being reused instead of going to the dump, but it can be frustrating when you find yourself being outbid repeatedly. The ones that we ended up buying were initially listed as being free, but there was so much interest in them that a bidding war broke out. We were happy to pay for them though - we ended up getting a great kitchen for $250 dollars instead of $5000 or more.
The best thing is, the layout is exactly what we were planning to do, and it's is even exactly the right size. Monica, you don't know how right you were when you said that the other ones didn't work out because something better was coming along!
The cabinets are solid oak with panelled doors. A little dated perhaps, but we're going to sand them, paint them white, and change the hardware. We did that to similar cabinets in our old apartment and the transformation was amazing.
I'm thrilled that we've been able to stick to the Compact guidelines for a major part of this renovation. It was starting to look like it might be too much to expect, finding good, used cabinets that would fit into our small space.
It's going to be a lot of work (there's a wall to remove in the process), but I can't wait!

9 comments:

Carla said...

Congratulations! You must be thrilled. I'm glad you found something that's going to work out and adding your own personal touch will make you appreciate them all the more.

farmer, vet and feeder of all animals said...

Congratulations!! I am glad you found something you are happy with. We will of course be expecting pictures to view while you "tell" the story of all this work. Don't you just love doing it yourself though? Such a feeling of accomplishment!

Wendy said...

Yay! That's so awesome for you, and I know how excited you must be. My husband and I started a kitchen renovation several years ago, stopped because other things in our house needed attention. Then on freecycle this year, someone was giving away the exact cabinets we needed. It was pretty awesome!

Phelan said...

How wonderful that is worked out for you guys.

Chelee said...

That is so AWESOME!!!
I love it when that happens.

paula said...

That's great! I'm looking forward to seeing them. I'm so impressed by your persistence and patience in looking for and going aftger exactly what you want. The kids are going to learn some super traits from you both.

Cheryl said...

Carla - Thanks, and yes, it will be nice to give them our own touch.

Monica - I'm sure everyone will be tired of hearing about it by the time it's done. :D
It is very satisfying to do these things yourself. I'll be watching your progress with the countertops to pick up a few tips!

Wendy - Wow, that's amazing! Don't you just love Freecycle?

Phelan - It's a real relief.

Chelee - Me too!

Paula - That's really nice of you to say, thank you.

Debbie said...

That sounds great. Wow. The title is so fitting - patience DOES pay off.

What is freecycle? Sorry for ignorance. :}

Cheryl said...

Debbie - Freecycle is a fantastic Yahoo group (there are individual groups in almost every city), where people swap things that they don't want anymore. You can get to the Freecycle main page through my "Links" section on the right.

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