Despite a very limited budget, Kitchen reader Cheryl wasn't going to let that get in the way of redoing her kitchen. With the help of her husband and some DIY skills (including building her own cabinets) Cheryl made a kitchen to fit her needs!
Cheryl gives us the backstory:
My husband and I gave our awful old kitchen a DIY makeover on a very tight budget. We built our own cabinets and even made the counter tops out of 2x4's, stained and gloss coated. The sink was salvaged from someone else's re-do. We took out the upper cabinets and replaced them with long, open shelves. My old pantry was small but deep, making things hard to get to, so I purposely made my new pantry shallow, open, and floor to ceiling. Canned goods are only stacked two deep. The cup hooks above the sink were made from vintage garage sale silver plate forks and spoons which I hand stamped with phrases like Hot Java, Kiss the Cook, and Good Gravy.
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