Q: Kitchen cabinets?

May 12th, 2011

A:  Yes!

We went to the Habitat Re-Store and spent $140 plus tax.  With an additional $100 worth of materials and some time, ingenuity and effort…


…and little helpers…


…taking inspiration from the built-in cupboards that came with the house and the quirky cupboard Joe made a few years ago using a  former window…

[like so, closed]


[and open]


(Remember what that looked like, okay?)

Using all the afore-mentioned resources, we were able to replace this little arrangement…


…which used to sit right there next to the stove, and hardly had to be touched with the sledgehammer…

…with this floor unit.  We were glad to find one unit at the Habitat Re-Store that had a counter top.


The horrid metal cabinets over the stove met their timely end, and were replaced by these.


All the existing doors were discarded, and Joe showed Daniel how to make new ones.

Joe saved the wheels from the old floor unit and installed them onto this one, after building it up to be level with the stove top.

“Counter space!” she said with glee.  ” And a light over the stove top for the first time since we moved here!”


Can you spot the optical illusion in the photo above?  If not, look at the photo below, then try again.


These two units were destined to hang over the sink.  Yes, they are technically corner cupboards.  But my husband knows how to solve problems like that.


Can you see how he made it work?

He also installed two under-cabinet lights and wired them to turn on and off with one switch.


“Storage space!” she exclaimed delightedly.


I am thankful for clean, sturdy, roomy cabinets that perfectly suit our country kitchen.

I am thankful that God made sure they were in the Habitat store the day we visited.

I am thankful that they only cost $250 from start to finish.

I am thankful that I had to wait a long time for them, all the better to increase my appreciation.

I am so thankful for a man who knows how to solve problems and do excellent work.


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14 Responses to “Q: Kitchen cabinets?”

  1. JenK says:

    That is a gorgeous new kitchen, Susanna!  Beautiful!  Thank God for his provision!  
    We’ve been doing some renos and are LOVING the habitat restore. . . soooo many things there in new or almost new condition.  It is such a blessing.

  2. Shauna says:

    They look beautiful!

  3. Ginger says:

    How nice! What a blessing it is to have a handyman husband. (Even if you did call his cabinet quirky. ;) )

  4. sabrina says:

    What an awesome job! Great use of resources! I have a handy and resourceful husband too, what a blessing to a large family!!

  5. Shari~hotfudgecustard says:

    Oooooohhhhh, how lovely!! 

  6. Susanna says:

    Ginger, in my book, quirky is good. It means, “not boring.” This cupboard has a funny shape inside, due to what was in the room behind that window. I can fit a lot into its funny little corners. Also quirky because he put an outlet inside so we can close the doors on the noisy grain mill. See? Quirky=good. :D

    (A lot of our best friends are also quirky. :wink: )

  7. Yvonda says:

    So beautiful!  I’m so happy for you!  Thanks for sharing!  You all did such a wonderful job.

  8. Marilyn Osborn says:

    It looks LOVELY!!!!!  I love the colors in your kitchen!  It is so very inviting!  Beautiful work!  PTL!

  9. Christina says:

    Beautiful!! :D

  10. Tami Swaim says:

    Not to mention the matching molding!  Love the primitive colors, look and feel!  Happy for you.

  11. Ginger says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s funny! I hear quirky and think: weird. 
    Don’t have to hear the grain mill? Genius!!

  12. Amy says:

    Wow!! Your kitchen is beautiful!!  Love the make-over!

  13. Stephanie says:

    Susie, your new kitchen looks amazing!!!  It’s so inviting!  I’m SO happy you finally got your kitchen.  Little did you know years ago, that you’d start an adoption and THEN get your kitchen cabinets, huh? 

  14. Lovely!!!    So very happy for you!

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