Reader Project: Kitchen Remodel, One Nail at a Time

Solving the obstacles one by one, we transformed the 1960’s kitchen into my dream kitchen…from the luxury laminate vinyl floor planks, right down to the leathered granite counter tops we used. The transformation was awe inspiring!

Denise Boyd, avid DIYer and Family Handyman fan, recently completed a remodel job in her 1960’s ranch-style home. For more kitchen remodeling ideas and tips, click here.

Kitchen remodel before picturePhoto courtesy of Denise Boyd

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“My most recent and longest undertaking has been the kitchen. The room itself was large, but was divided by the overhanging cupboards and a peninsula in the traditional 60’s style! We started the demo by ripping out the overhead cupboards, soffit and peninsula. Lots of holes, and lots and lots of dust were created to get the blank canvas I needed to get started. We decided to reuse the peninsula as the island and build a pantry next to the old cabinets to replace the overhanging cabinet space I had lost. After removing the overhanging cupboards, I was left with a hole in my existing cupboards and no cupboard door to fit. By turning lemons into lemonade, I reused one of the old doors and built a mail/bill slot underneath the door that looks like it was there all along! My dad and I built everything down to the double pullout trash can…one can for trash, the other for my golden retriever Gracie’s dog food. Pullout shelves in the pantry were added for ease of finding things in my new cabinet, and using my artistic talents, I designed and made the steel plate dividing my refrigerator and stove keeping the gas stove flames at bay.

Solving the obstacles one by one, we transformed the 1960’s kitchen into my dream kitchen…from the luxury laminate vinyl floor planks, right down to the leathered granite counter tops we used. The transformation was awe-inspiring! However, it was not only a physical transformation, but also an emotional one. The countless hours and memories I have made with my dad are treasured and can never be replaced! He is a humble man and the love, admiration and appreciation that I have for him is too big to measure! So, with the central portion of the house completed, and the main pink bathroom and basement remodels on the horizon, I know, with my dad by my side, my house will become my forever dream home, one nail at a time! — Denise

Kitchen remodel after picturePhoto courtesy of Denise Boyd

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Kitchen remodel after picturePhoto courtesy of Denise Boyd

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