Shortly after our discussion where I said I really wanted to find cheap/used/amazing kitchen cabinets at ReStore and Dave agreed not to keep saying it couldn’t be done, we visited the site. ReStore, for you who don’t know, is a wonderland of used building supplies run by Habitat for Humanity. I consider it one of the most exciting places known to man. The trick is to go often. Some days you hit the jackpot and find something dropped off by a famous person (or a Wolf stovetop), and other days your kid sprays himself in the face with wasp killer while you stare in disbelief at all the nappy toilets for sale (while on the phone with poison control), and wish you never went in there.
On this particular day, there was a ruckus going on in the cabinet area while the workers were clearing a huge space. They said a cabinet company nearby had donated several truckloads of cabinets, most of them new, and there were so many it would take them days to put them out. As they started putting them out, we saw these:
Already I was in love, as the cabinets of my dreams were these very ones. These were cream-colored ones, and shortly after they put out similar ones in white, with the glaze on the edges. We had measured our space earlier, so we stood there and measured those wondrous cabinets, figuring out which ones would work. It turned out that the white ones fit perfectly, with one of the off-white ones for under the sink and a huge black one for the island. They said they weren’t selling any of them yet because they were trying to make a set, but did allow us to buy the big black one for the island.
We came back the next day and they were all priced individually, since they didn’t have enough for a set. So, we bought ones that fit perfectly in the space. All matched with their white glazed factory finish, except the one for the sink. But that one had the same door style, so we bought it and painfully decided we had to paint over the beautiful off-white glazed finish to make it match. We also bought the narrow spice rack/pantry cabinet to go next to the black island cabinet, which would be painted black to match.
We had heard earlier that ReStore was willing to come rip out an old kitchen if they could sell it in their store, so we excitedly gave them the opportunity of saving us all the demo work. We made an appointment for them to come and rip out our entire kitchen just over a week later, and we would be officially on our own with making a new one.
Since they were coming out, we offered them the privilege of ripping our our outdated bathroom cabinet and mirror, our ugly laundry room cabinets, and our kids’ bathroom vanity and toilet. We didn’t know how long this free demo service would last, so we thought we’d utilize it and save us a few days of work (and disposal fees).
So, less than two weeks after we agreed that we’d begin the hunt for cabinets at ReStore, our kitchen went from this (and there’s the new fridge we had to get on Day 1 of living in the house):
And thus it all began.