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A Baxter homeowner believes in the concept of constantly upgrading the residence to maintain its real estate value.

And those improvements don’t need to be costly. That same homeowner recently totally remodeled his kitchen with materials that cost less than $400.

The wood kitchen cabinets were original from when the house was built 23 years ago. The homeowner’s main goal with the project was to brighten the look of the kitchen.

The owner had removed a small wall and installed a new wood floor and counter tops in the past year, but the wood cabinets took away from the updated feel of the wood floor and counter top.

The project started with removing all 15 doors from the cabinets. A coat of Stix, a waterborne bonding primer, was applied. This fast-drying product allowed for a final interior paint to “stick” to the wood cabinets.

The Stix coat was applied by brush, but the final paint coat was covered as the doors were laid flat in the garage, and painted with a lightweight spray gun.

The cabinet structure and drawers were also covered with Stix, and two coats of paint with a brush. An off-white (soy) color was chosen to lighten the room. The same colors were used on a counter island in the middle of the kitchen.

The light color on the cabinets successfully pulled out the natural wood of the floor and counter tops.

To complete the kitchen, a backsplash with a tile pattern was applied between the cabinets and counter tops.

To add to the ambience, the walls and ceiling in the kitchen were changed from an off-white to a solid brown color that complimented the new tile.

A final touch was adding remote lighting that was mounted under the upper cabinets and spray painting the light fixtures brown.

The light colored cabinets and appliances go well together with the wood floors and tan counter tops and brown walls.

The kitchen now takes on a fresh look that modernized and lightens the room in a cost-effective manner.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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