For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Build a Butcher Block Island.Dishware, serving pieces, table linens—a sideboard packs a whole lot of storage space into a relatively small footprint, making it a handy addition to any household.It's amazing what a little veneer and some new doors can do to brighten an aging space.Both are available through woodworking companies, and some manufactures offer peel-and-stick veneer to make the task simpler. Work carefully, and your kitchen will look brand-new in no time.A sturdy, high-quality one can leave a thousand-dollar dent in your finances, but as general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates, you can enhance a few stock kitchen base cabinets with molding, furniture feet, and knobs to produce a handcrafted piece for a fraction of the cost of buying one ready-made.Opt for unfinished 15- or 18-inch cabinets fitted with doors and operable drawers (not the fake drawer fronts used for sink cabinets) and take a day to put all the pieces together."Today, manufacturers assemble them faster and more economically than we can." The goal is to take this collection of boxes and bring them together to make a beautiful piece of built-in furniture.
But a brighter makeover doesn't necessarily mean replacing those gloomy boxes with all-new ones.For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Reface Kitchen Cabinets.Make the most of your kitchen's existing storage space by installing a pull-out shelf in one—or all—of the base cabinets.contractor Tom Silva started his carpentry career over 35 years ago, he often built the kitchen cabinets he installed for his customers."Back then, it was still cost-effective for small shops to build them," he recalls.