There is a FABULOUS 1880s house in Wichita.
It had been restored in the 1980s. And then declined. And declined. And declined. This is not, sadly, an uncommon story with old houses.
By 2018, the house looked terrible, and was listed for sale, cheap. So cheap that my friend, Carl, worried that it would be purchased by somebody to convert into apartments, covered with vinyl siding, with the original windows replaced by vinyl windows, and every cool original interior feature torn out.
So Carl, much to his regret, purchased it. I deny having nagged him to do exactly that.
Carl has been working away, on a $1.98 budget, to flip the house. His hope is that he can make the house appealing enough for somebody to take it on AS IS, or take it on and then commence with a first-class restoration (which the house is worthy of).
The kitchen in the house was a room which, without question, instantly induced one into suicidal thoughts. If you think I am kidding, just look at the BEFORE image:
Wanna see the AFTER?
Scroll way down…
Now, it’s important to fully appreciate what Carl did here.
The HORRIBLE hand-made upper cabinets in the before image? They are still there! Carl painted them, and exchanged some solid panels for glass. He even kept the white knobs!
The lower cabinet was too far gone, so he inserted a 1990s Home Depot cabinet from another project. Cost? $0.
The counter looks like $6,000 worth of marble. It’s not.
Anybody could have torn out the BEFORE horror and spent big bucks replacing it all with $$$$ materials. What so vastly impresses me is that Carl, though the magic of creative alchemy and an innate loathing to spend money, utterly transformed a kitchen from depressing to friggin’ beauty.
I bow to Carl.
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