Friday, August 13, 2010

Home Improvements 101

We replaced our broken garbage disposal a couple weeks ago which lead to a new sink and new countertops.  The shiny new-ness of our pretty new stuff made our cheap, builder grade cabinets look a little sad. In our pretty-new-kitchen high we thought we might be able to have the cabinets refaced. I'm sure new custom cabinets are expensive but if we only reface the ones we have how much could it cost? Right?

The salesman (and I use that term loosely) from the Depot of Homes assured us that this was the most affordable way to go. They have sales and discounts and all kinds of sugar coated deals and Ooooh, look shiny handles. Between the lines, "most affordable" is a relative term. If new kitchen cabinets are $25,000.00 then the $10,000.00 he was proposing could be considered affordable.

And we probably could afford his price if we stopped paying our car payments, gave up cable TV, changed the thermostat to a cozy 102 degrees and made several more uncomfortable budget changes for the next 5 years or so. I've watched enough HGTV to know that you can take cabinet doors off and change them out for less than 10,000 dollars. It looks like the sparkly new sink will not have any rivalry for oooohs and ahhhhs in our semi new kitchen.

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