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Sometimes You Need a Break

There’s a lot of messy, nasty work involved restoring a home to a normal state after its been abandoned for two years. Sometimes you just need a little break from all that yucky work so we took one. Even though this is still work, it’s fun building something new.

Teamwork

Teamwork

After a long wait, the kitchen cabinets arrived from Cabinets To Go. Naturally we were anxious to see what they looked like assembled. So we decided to have a little fun and put one together. Well, actually, I watched, retrieved tools and took a few snaps.

Hand tools only....well, for the most part.

Hand tools only….well, for the most part.

It’s true that putting the cabinets together yourself adds one more thing to the ‘to do’ list, but the money saved is well worth it. Also, the cabinets are all wood, (no fiber board) and they cost less than half what you’d pay in the store.

The sides of the cabinet boxes are plywood, the fronts, drawer boxes and frame are all solid wood. In our case, cherry. Overall, the quality is excellent! Assembly went pretty smoothly and as with all projects of this nature, by the time we get to assembling the last cabinet we’ll have it down to a science.

Ta-da! One down and many more to go.

Ta-da! One down and many more to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Save Big Bucks!

If you haven’t visited a Habitat for Humanity Restore Center, you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s plenty of good used construction materials and lots of new things still packaged! You can save a lot of money and contribute to a good cause all at the same time.

Here’s a link to their site. See if there’s a store near you!

Habitat for Humanity Restore

The sinks are in perfect condition and the vanity just needs a new toe-plate. One man's trash....

The sinks are in perfect condition and the vanity just needs a new toe-kick. One man’s trash….

We scored three vitreous China sinks at $4.50 each, a white bathroom vanity for $30, two 30″ bathroom vanities for $100 and two all wood mirrors for $50. In total, these purchases saved our budget $585! Not too shabby. Yes, they’ll require a little work, but it’s worth it. Big plus….since they’re older pieces, all except one item was made here in the U.S.

I have two of each of these. One vanity will be re-worked by Rick so the drawers and door are opposite when the vanities are placed side-by-side to allow for two sinks with each having its own mirror.

I have two of each of these. One vanity will be re-worked by Rick so the drawers and door are opposite when the vanities are placed side-by-side to allow for two sinks with each having its own mirror. 

A fresh coat of paint and new hardware will make it all work together.