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How to Turn Ugly 80s Cabinets into a Contemporary Farmhouse Kitchen

Note from the author/renovator: I put this site up about three years ago as a hobby. I've never commercialized anything on it. As a dayjob, I run a small marketing company based in Toronto, Ontario called Billet Marketing Inc. 

With very infrequent updates, this site gets thousands of unique visitors every month, mostly for this page. I guess there are a lot of people with these ugly 80s cabinets. 

This site is a passion project. I have another passion project on the go that I'd love to share with you. Textattle is a FREE Android app currently in development that will help curb texting and driving. Like FrugalFixer.com it's not a commercial venture, just a labor of love. We're currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to finance the development of the app. If you're willing to help, it would be greatly appreciated;
Visit our site at www.textattle.com to learn more. Now, on to the kitchen...

Our house was built in 1929, and like most 80 year old houses, it's undergone more than a few renos over the years.  The kitchen was most recently updated in the late 1980s, and spoke to the aesthetic sensibilities of the era.  I can almost see a Pontiac Fiero pulling up outside of the kitchen window, and my popped-collar 80s self getting out to proudly brandish Van Halen tickets.

We were lucky in some respects because the backsplash tiles and flooring were fairly inoffensive, meaning that a reno didn't need to include the cost or effort of replacing them.

The counter top on the other hand was disgusting; missing chunks of arborite, badly stained, and very dated-looking.  The sink had somehow managed to warp over the years, and there was a 1/2" gap between it and the counter top.  This created a great place for gross stuff to accumulate. 

Aside from their ugliness, the cabinets themselves were in decent shape, and just needed a re-facing.  There are companies out there that will do this kind of re-face for you, but they will typically measure and build new doors at a cost of $25-50 per door, while the old doors are sent to the landfill.  This is more frugal and environmentally friendly than a total gut, but I wanted to save even more money, and didn't mind investing the sweat equity.  It always seems wasteful to me to throw away perfectly good wood when it's still functional, simply because its appearance hasn't kept pace with the times.  So, I decided to transform the kitchen using the existing cabinets, doors, backsplash, and flooring.  I concentrated on re-facing the doors to give them a contemporary Skaker appearance, which would be good aesthetic match to the farmhouse sink my wife wanted.  Here's how I transformed our kitchen from 80s eyesore to modern classic, for less than $3,000 including the cost of high-quality granite counter tops, a porcelain farmhouse sink, new faucet, and island/prep area.  

Here's how it looks now, and how I did it:

Click on the Gallery Images Below for the (mostly) Step-by-Step Instructions.