Free Kitchen

TrebruchetApril 13, 2014

My 81-year-old father-in-law purchased a small ranch home in a suburb of Toledo, Ohio, four years ago for $8,000.00. It had been owned by the cliched "crazy cat lady". She lived there with her mentally challenged son and 53 cats.

It probably should have been a demo, but Ned shoveled the living room clean, tore out hardwood, subfloor, and a few floor joists, removed drywall up to 4', studs and sills all to mostly remove the stench.

He's an old-school cheapie and was going to try to save the kitchen cabinets, but my wife forbid it. Fortunately, I had a granite removal and replacement job and got the pictured cabinets as partial payment. Ned had to rent a truck for $250.00 and help me huff granite as payment. I installed them, my wife who is a journeyman electrician by trade did the undercabinet lighting, and I installed the $168.00 Menards plastic laminate countertops.

We've had an unexpected trip to town for a funeral, so we've been staying here for the last few days. The new subfloor, tile, and paint throughout have beaten the cats.

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Bellsmom

Wonderful story. Lucky father-in-law.
And pretty darned elegant "free" kitchen.
Too bad you didn't have a "before" picture--preferably the scratch and sniff kind?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 11:12AM
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Bellsmom

ARGHHH! Edited to remove duplicate post.

This post was edited by Bellsmom on Sun, Apr 13, 14 at 11:15

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 11:13AM
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crl_

I am sorry for your loss.

That is an awfully nice "free" kitchen!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 11:23AM
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2ajsmama

Very nice kitchen - but it wasn't really "free" (except for Ned) if it was partial payment for a job you did. That (and the labor you and DW put in) was a very nice gift.

What's "huffing granite"?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 11:30AM
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Trebruchet

Granite makes you huff and puff when you lift it, believe me.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 12:54PM
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Melanie2012

I hope to have that much energy when I am your FIL's age. Looks great!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 3:13PM
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gr8daygw

Wonderful! It looks great and must feel great that you and your FIL and wife did all the work. Love how it turned out. Good job.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:46AM
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deedles

That looks great, I'll bet he enjoys having that nice kitchen.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 2:05AM
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fishymom

Nice work, great salvage! My husband drove an old BMW 2002 for years that he received as payment for a job. He restored it mechanically and eventually sold it to a guy who finished the interior/exterior work. The guy still drives it on weekends, not bad for a car that's almost 40 years old!

Huffing granite, now that's funny!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 3:06AM
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chiefy

Beautiful!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 8:00AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Well done!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:02AM
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mgmum

Beautiful! Ned's a lucky man with a great family.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:07PM
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peony4

How nice for your FIL! And some peace of mind for you and your wife.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:27PM
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