Our Kitchen

As I have said before, I absolutely love the idea of recycling and up-cycling furniture and other items for this project.  I decided early on that I wanted to find a really great set of gently used, solid wood cabinets for our kitchen.  I found a great set at the Newburgh Habitat Restore many months ago.  I thought this set would work, if I added additional cabinets.


This cabinet set came with 12 pieces for $700.  They’re sturdy, solid wood and in pretty good condition, so I thought they would be a great start.  We went to an auction when a local store closed and bought some great, old drafting cabinets with a beautiful patina that we planned to use in our island.

Still, I definitely needed more cabinets – we planned our kitchen to have a 26 foot wall with cabinets, the refrigerator and stove.  We will have a island about the same size, directly across from this wall.  Next, I purchased a breakfront from our shop.  It’s a really nice, big piece.  In case you’re wondering, a breakfront is like a china cabinet except it has glass doors from top to bottom.  Since the wood would be different, I thought we would paint the breakfront and maybe the cabinets to match or be similar or something.  The more I thought about it, I wasn’t sure how these cabinets would work.

A few months later, early on a Saturday morning while enjoying my first cup of coffee, I found this wonderful set of cabinets posted on the Evansville Restore’s Facebook page.  I sent Brian pictures.  He said, “don’t you already have cabinets?  what are you going to do with another set?”   Needless to say, I mostly ignored him as I scrambled out the door to get the Restore quickly!

If you’ve never been to one of the Habitat Restores, I highly recommend making a visit.  I always find great deals and your purchase supports a great cause! I estimate the cabinets are only a few years old.  I was told they are high end custom cabinets that previously lived in a grand house. My thought is the new value would likely be $25,000 or more, easily.  My cost, including sales tax, was a mere fraction.  I was able to talk the price down and my total spent was only $1800!


Here’s a few shots of how they will be installed in our kitchen.  The drafting cabinets will be on either end of the island and that will make just about 26 feet, I think.  The cabinets are in perfect shape.  They smell good and they are super clean.  Beautiful glass knobs are on each door and drawer.  And there are 3 huge pantry cabinets!

I have the original cabinets I purchased for sale for a fraction of what I paid and the new owner gets to carry them down 2 flights of stairs!  Tonight we will be moving all of the cabinets to prep for sanding the floors this weekend.  We are hoping to be able to sand and seal the floors with oil.  We are also hoping to get this completed by end of day Monday.  Wish us luck – I think we’re going to need it!

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for joining our journey!


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