Many of you have asked for updates on my son Karl’s house.
He bought this house back in March of 2021. You can read about that HERE. There were no houses for sale at all in our town. He looked in neighboring towns and that was non-existent too. He looked for over a year. He finally ended up contacting a local guy who has rentals and asked if he would ever consider selling one of his rentals. He was and Karl bought this one… It needed work.
Most of his money went into the bones of the house.
He needed new electricity, windows, insulation, and siding. By the time he did all of that, the money had run out.
So…he’s been living with this awkward kitchen. These are pictures from when he originally looked at the house. It’s slightly better now.
Check out those… funky counter heights. Who remodels like this??
He knew it needed help and it’s been on his list to fix but the windows, electricity update, insulation, and siding took precedence.
Several people have asked for updates on his house but really, besides this pretty blue siding and new windows that they fixed in February of this year, there isn’t a lot to see.
I just have these older pictures and don’t have a current picture of his house.
He had wanted the house to be green but at the time, green siding wasn’t available. He ended up picking the blue and it’s really a great choice for his house.
We’ve done a few other things like painting the dining room and two of the bedrooms.
Buck has helped him cut down a couple of trees. He planted a couple of trees.
But nothing that was costly.
Last week, on Monday, he took the first step toward remodeling his kitchen. If you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time you know our family has a very do-it-yourself mode…and we’re pretty frugal. So if the kitchen is going to get done, you can bet it’s not going to be done completely by contractors and it’s not going to be done at full price.
In light of that, I’ve been on a hunt for some used kitchen cabinets for Karl’s kitchen. I wasn’t in hot pursuit but I did a saved search on Facebook Marketplace. That meant that any time someone in my area posted kitchen cabinets for sale, I would get a notification. Most of the items I was tagged in weren’t anything we’d buy. They were more of old cabinets one might put in their garage or it was incomplete kitchens with only a sink area. I’ve had the saved search since he originally bought the house.
Well on Monday morning at 6 am Rusty my foster dog started barking. I didn’t know what was up so I got out of bed and went downstairs to check on him. It turns out he needed to go outside NOW so I went outside in my jammers and robe and took him to the bathroom in the 32-degree weather. Well after that there was no going back to bed so I sat down at the computer and went to scroll through Facebook. I had an alert that there were kitchen cabinets. This is what I saw.
Oh…these looked like about the best set of cabinets that I have seen.
There seemed to be a lot of them too.
They were only half an hour away…
…and they were only asking $1500 for all of them.
This sink was included as were the countertops. I didn’t think we could make the countertops work but still, that was a pretty good deal.
There was also a 5′ x 3′ island. The cabinets were from 2010. I thought it was worth shooting a message to Karl.
The cabinets must have been listed late the evening before.
Karl liked them and contacted the guy. He said several people had contacted him and the first person there with $1500 in cash could have them.
I called my other son Buck who knows a lot more about all of this than Karl or I do and Buck said he thought he could make the cabinets work.
I happen to be about a mile out of town heading to the town where the cabinets were so I turned around, got $1500 in cash, and bought the cabinets…
and best of all…
The cabinets were already removed. All we have to do is pick them up. I tried them out to make sure they weren’t the cheap low-end cabinets. They aren’t…they aren’t the high-high end either. They are just right…and the hardware isn’t terrible either.
Now we’re going to be playing Tetris (a puzzle game) trying to figure out which cabinet goes where and how to configure Karl’s kitchen.
Karl doesn’t have the funds to jump in head first with all of this and the cabinets are really here before we actually are ready for them but, how could we pass them up? He still needs to save some money for an electric update with a few more plug-ins, sheetrock, drywall…flooring too. All we know is that he has the big brunt of the bill, the cabinets paid for. YAHOO!!
Luckily I have garage space to store them until he’s ready for them.
I decided for a present to Karl I am going to have the same gal that did the plans for my deck draw up plans for Karl’s kitchen. That way we have a visual of what it might look like. I’m excited to see that and will share that with you when we get them.
So thanks to Rusty my foster dog for waking me up early and getting me to see the sale posting for the cabinets…and that my dear readers is the start of the dream of Karl getting a new kitchen.