Essays being accepted for fourth annu...

Essays being accepted for fourth annual Kitchen Makeover Contest

There are 39 comments on the The Daily News story from Mar 8, 2008, titled Essays being accepted for fourth annual Kitchen Makeover Contest. In it, The Daily News reports that:

“For example, if a person who submits the winning essay declines to accept the kitchen makeover, then the second place entry will receive the makeover”

Homeowners, sharpen your pencils. Here is an opportunity to win a $10,000 kitchen makeover, courtesy of Totally Custom Cabinetry and Hercules Construction Inc. via The Daily News

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Daily News.

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darbyjack

Fishers, IN

#1 May 13, 2008
I need a kitchen makeover bad ! My cabinets are from 1959, the year the house was built. They have been painted so many times, I would be affraid to strip the paint, they might fall appart. The inside of the cabinets are a nasty dark brown too. Some of the cabinet drawers are held together with gray heater tape hahaha The paint on the walls?...it attracks every spec of oil, grease, dirt, grime imaginable, and you can't get it off ! The light over the sink doesn't work. The linolium floor, is spliting, and old. I just live with it, because I can't afford to remodel it. I had planned on doing something this year, but with the way all prices are rising, it is really rough, I am a single income household. I may paint the cabinets though, might hold them together a few more years ! Till I win the lottery ! hahahah
Christine

AOL

#2 May 31, 2008
Please help my pitiful kitchen. The kitchen is from the 70's. Lets not talk about the color of the cabinets. But, the fact they don't close. On Mother's Day this year one of the glass cabinet doors feel off the hindge while I was changing a garbage bag and hit me in the top of the head. It actually brought me to my knees. I think that the walls are covered in layers of wall paper. It is hard to tell because I have to hang everything from the walls from the lack off counter space and cabinet space. I have pots and pans, bananas, tomatos,and every other thing I can figure out how to hang. The floor is so old that it is impossible to keep clean. Which concerns me with 2 young children. Your help would be sincerely appreciated by myself and my young children who are afraid of getting hit in the head.

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LARISSA

East Setauket, NY

#3 May 31, 2008
My kitchen is 14' by 11' square. I often just look at it and imagine a new kitchen. Out of the 4 walls only 1 has the cabinets, sink and stove on it. The other walls are bare although I keep my sons drawings from school on them. I have 3 boys ages 10, 5 and 3. They love dinner time I always cook nice meals for them and who ever else eats over. I always have my door open to guests. I have no counter space and only 2 burners work on the stove. I still however manage with what I have. I would love to be able to open a cabinet without anything falling out. To have more cabinets would be such a pleasure. When I need to cut or put down food on a counter I can't because I only have 6 inches of counter space so more counters would be extra nice. Having a new kitchen would be a dream come true. I would be so grateful.
Ellen

AOL

#4 Jun 4, 2008
We were just married in 2005. We live in the house my husband grew up in. The kitchen is so old and ugly, not to mention small. Since my husband has the only income, finances have been tight with me going back to college. So, the kitchen being remodeled keeps being put on hold. To have someone actually remodel the kitchen and having it done by someone that knows what they are doing would be so much better than it being torn apart for a month or longer, depending on the time my husband could put into it. Since I am not working right now and going to school, if I could win a kitchen makeover, that would be my "contribution" to helping financially.
Geri

United States

#5 Jun 12, 2008
My daughter-in-love Kim needs - and deserves - a kitchen makeover. Her house is actually two houses moved in from a highway project and put together. My son started work on the kitchen about three years ago, but almost immediately he required knee surgery, which wound up being three operations due to complications. He is a paramedic, and the knee problems forced him to change jobs after he was able to return to work. Then he reqired a total knee replacement on the other leg! With so much time off work, finances prohibited any additional work on the kitchen, not to speak of the almost constant pain my unfortunate son is having. Kim doesn't complain, and although she is employed outside the home, she works hard to keep her partially demolished kitchen neat and clean. Her dishes are neatly stacked in the doorless cabinets. This sweet-dispositioned young woman certainly deserves the prettiest, most convenient kitchen available.
melle

AOL

#6 Jun 19, 2008
go girl you need that new kitchen!
Christine wrote:
Please help my pitiful kitchen. The kitchen is from the 70's. Lets not talk about the color of the cabinets. But, the fact they don't close. On Mother's Day this year one of the glass cabinet doors feel off the hindge while I was changing a garbage bag and hit me in the top of the head. It actually brought me to my knees. I think that the walls are covered in layers of wall paper. It is hard to tell because I have to hang everything from the walls from the lack off counter space and cabinet space. I have pots and pans, bananas, tomatos,and every other thing I can figure out how to hang. The floor is so old that it is impossible to keep clean. Which concerns me with 2 young children. Your help would be sincerely appreciated by myself and my young children who are afraid of getting hit in the head.
Christine

Amsterdam, NY

#7 Jun 21, 2008
Sounds like she needs the kitchen the most. Safety is a big concern of mine.
Kathy Baker

Fredonia, NY

#8 Jun 23, 2008
My cottage kitchen needs a makeover and I would like better storage. The cottage is small and I need to have a place for everything and every thing in place! Everything about my cottage is cozy and we have many visitors(we are located on beautifull Seneca Lake in the heart of N.Y. state's wine country. Entertaining outside is popular,perhaps an outdoor kitchen should be considered.8041
Kathy Baker

Fredonia, NY

#9 Jun 23, 2008
Will send pictures upon request.
Consider doing a project in the gorgeous Finger Lakes region of New York state.
charmian talbot

Cranston, RI

#10 Jun 24, 2008
Originally from London. My husband and I bought Our first home together - this was both our second marriage. Our home is colonial 1980s. The bathroom and kitchen is from that date - no kidding. but nothing works - its far from modern. oh the sink in the kitchen and bathroom are from the 50s I think. The wallpapers from the 80s. The floors from the 1920s. The house has added character from over a 100 years. But unfortunately we can't afford to update. It continues to peel, corrode, buckle, smell and slip into total deteriation.I'll stop there its too sad to give too many details.
u2canbany1

AOL

#11 Jun 25, 2008
Several years ago the hose to the dishwasher broke. At the time we felt very lucky to have been home, we stopped the water before it reached the carpet. Not seeing any visible damage at the time, we didn’t call the insurance company . Not knowing the water we couldn’t see, had over time, ruined my entire kitchen. The water had sat under the cabinets rotting the base leaving holes where the particle board has rotted away, and they get bigger each time I use the vacuum hose, seeping under the tiles making them hollow. The grout and tile is coming up all over the floor.(walk barefoot, collect pieces of grout on the bottom of your feet…ouch!!) Since most of the tiles are hollow if you drop something on them, they break! Replacing them is not that easy because they no longer make these tiles.
K Travis Traverse City MI

United States

#12 Jun 25, 2008
After selling our house we have been renting for over two years while looking for the perfect house. What we found was a not so perfect house in a location that works well for us. When my husband showed me the home I wanted to run away. The kitchen hasn't changed since the year it was built- 1976. Brown vinyl floors, yellowed cabinets, red dotted wallpaper, yellow formica counters and I don't know how to describe the light fixture except that we are both tall and it seems to find our heads frequently. I started pulling off the wallpaper and the wall came with it, so I decided to move to the flooring only to find that when I moved the island it had a hole in it that was so big I got lost in it for a few hours!! It's so bad our cat won't even sit on on it!!! Our friends call it the "Time Warp" and ask if we will be exchanging the light fixture for a disco ball. We even had a friend ask us if they could host a 70's party in our kitchen.
How someone could live there 38 years and not update it baffles us and apparently all of the neighbors that keep asking about our plans for the home. Should you chose us, we will donate the old cabinets to Goodwill or our local Women's Resource Center so that they might be given a new life by someone less fortunate.
Come to Northern Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. Make our kitchen match our beautiful area!!
Cari Joyce

Blossvale, NY

#13 Jun 27, 2008
My husband and I have a cute little ranch home in the country. It's cozy and perfect for our little family but tiny. The thing we don't like about our house is the teeny tiny kitchen. It's a tiny L-shaped kitchen with only a few cupboards and drawers. We had to buy ugly white storage utility cabinets just to hold food. To boot, our gross stainless steel sink is marked and mottled and the mustard yellow counter tops are scarred with burns and knife slices from the previous owners.Storage and ugly counters cannot compare to my one 2.5 foot section of counter space. I have no room to cook and my 3 year old daughter, Chloe, who loves to cook can't see what I'm doing. We are currently working on making our home handicapp accessible for Chloe who does not walk. So, we have not been able to afford putting in a decent kitchne. Please help.
Erin J

Bend, OR

#14 Jul 1, 2008
Ok, my kitchen was built in 1918 and has not been updated since. The cabinets are made of the original redwood and the paint chips of as well as the wood when drawers and cupboards are opened. There is one light which is this hanging metal funky thing and also a celling fan which does not work properly. I love to cook fancy meals for my family but it is just hard to cook any meal in this kitchen! Another difficulty is that I have had many health problems and surgeries to help but they make it even more difficult for me to get around the kitchen and make things less accessible. My husband does not have the money beyond to just paint it and is away at forest fires many times a year. Please! I really need your help. Erin J Eureka,CA
Chiefer

United States

#15 Jul 2, 2008
Kathy Baker wrote:
My cottage kitchen needs a makeover and I would like better storage. The cottage is small and I need to have a place for everything and every thing in place! Everything about my cottage is cozy and we have many visitors(we are located on beautifull Seneca Lake in the heart of N.Y. state's wine country. Entertaining outside is popular,perhaps an outdoor kitchen should be considered.8041
Awww, you can't entertain in your cottage... how about the woman who almost got knocked out in her home, not VACATION HOME, but live here every day home. Selfish wench!
Patti P

Nottingham, MD

#16 Jul 2, 2008
There may be kitchens worse than mine, but there aren't many. It seems to be original to the house when it was built about 20 years ago. I just had to replace the heat/ac pump at the tune of $4300 and can scarcely afford to remodel the kitchen at this time, despite the fact that it needs it! The cabinets are particleboard! Under the sink, there must have been a leak, because the particleboard is badly damaged and "sinking". The plastic veneer holds onto grease and it is almost impossible to get some of the spots to come off. The floors are CRAPPY linoleum tile and they don't even go around the entire kitchen (behind the fridge is a worse linoleum that is only partly covered by the newer tiles). The backsplash is a hideous tan-colored tile with stencil-like flowers and a dark grout. DI-SGUS-TING! The electric outlets are so dirty, but I am not sure how to clean them without risking electric shock! I have a U-G-L-Y (it ain't got no alibi!) fluorescent light fixture in the middle of the room! The dishwasher is in need of replacement as well since the top roll-out rack rusted through at the rear and now is tipsy. The detergent dispenser doesn't work either. It won't spring open during the wash cycle. Did I mention the U-G-L-Y wallpaper, too? It's peeling off in places, but just generally not attractive in the least! Please help!!!!! I am a poor school teacher who can't afford to shell out even more do-re-mi this summer!(Doesn't that just tug at the old sympathy heart-strings??):-)
Stephanie

Raleigh, NC

#17 Jul 3, 2008
My husband and I bought a foreclosed home a few years ago and have been trying to fix it up a little at a time. Just buying the house was difficult with my husband being divorced and paying child support for 3 children. We both work full time but all of our money needs to go to bills since we now have 3 children at home including a set of 1 year old twins. OUr house was built in the 70's and most of it is the original kitchen items. The kitchen uis very small, cabinets and countertops are veryu limited. With tryin to feed a family of 5 everyday and a family of 8 on the weekends it si difficult to prepare food when you have no countertops. And one countertop has a cutting board in it but we cannot take it out to clean so who know what is growing under that. The floor dips down when you walk on it and it si not level. We already stripped the wall paper and painted but overall it still needs a lot of work. Our appliances are only 2 years old so that is not an issue but I would love to have a bigger kitchen even it if means my laundry room has to be smaller, with new cabinets and countertops. Under the sink there has been some leaks because the bottom of the cabinet is warped and then next to the sink they put in another sink base cabinet so I lose out on having another drawer. Thank you for taking the time to read my sob story.
Sherrie

Herndon, VA

#18 Jul 8, 2008
Nearly 14 years ago, I decided to buy a house for my son of 12 years. My realtor got me into this governmental program where I only paid 1/2 the monthly mortgage and the government paid the other. My realtor told me I qualified for a certain amount of money. Long story short, she (not me) found this house and out of desperation of trying to get out of a very unsafe situation for my son, I agreed. Well this governmental favor I renamed as the poor divorced, single mother's loan which pretty much Uncle Sam's you in the end. Anyway, there were many astrosocities to this house and mainly it was my kitchen. My house is around 100+ years old. Little did I know at the time, I used to go there as a little girl to do ceramics for 4H. I am 51 years old so you know how old the house was then. I have never remarried (so far). One of the prior owners added onto the back of the house. This would be my kitchen. Well the foundation is unlevel leaving my floor unlevel which does not bother me much, but beware when you look up at the ceiling. I now have holes as they put on a flat roof and over the years I kept going the only affordable route by spreading this tar substance on it. Everytime it rains, out come the pans to catch the water. I have one spot where it won't be long and the ceiling is going to come down on me or something. And yes, my cabinets are quite an embarrassment. I love the size as it is a very nice large kitchen. I just had someone give me a used wall oven unit to kind of update mine and it was too large for the cabinet that now houses my old one so I am still with my old one. My windows, and oh my goodness there are many windows are very old and the wood is all rotted out which makes all but the one above my sink unusable. Come every Spring I face the March of the Ants in my kitchen, it's discusting, annoying and endless. Needless to say, I do not let people come over to my house anymore mainly because of how bad my kitchen looks. My son came home for a visit a year ago and accidently almost started a fire in my bedroom. I had tons of smoke damage throughout my house, and forgive me for saying, I sure wish it would have happened in the kitchen. Everytime it storms, again sad to say, I hope a tree will fall on that flat old roof. My favorite place to be in the house is my kitchen as I just love to cook and it sure would be nice to cook in a gorgeous one at that. I don't have to have all that fancy stuff, but just something I, number one - don't have to worry about and number two - is functional and number three - would be tears of complete joy to walk into. I work two jobs, sometimes three just to make ends meet as it is and the repair required just to make my kitchen without worry is far beyond my pocketbook. I realize that all of the above would cost more than $10,000, but I am truly concerned about my roof to the kitchen. I would be so happy to just have this worry and eyesore taken care of first. Everybody has their situations and I sympathize to each ones dilemna and hope the best to come for all of us. Thanks for listening.

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Kimberly Loyd

Herndon, VA

#19 Jul 9, 2008
Sherrie wrote:
Nearly 14 years ago, I decided to buy a house for my son of 12 years. My realtor got me into this governmental program where I only paid 1/2 the monthly mortgage and the government paid the other. My realtor told me I qualified for a certain amount of money. Long story short, she (not me) found this house and out of desperation of trying to get out of a very unsafe situation for my son, I agreed. Well this governmental favor I renamed as the poor divorced, single mother's loan which pretty much Uncle Sam's you in the end. Anyway, there were many astrosocities to this house and mainly it was my kitchen. My house is around 100+ years old. Little did I know at the time, I used to go there as a little girl to do ceramics for 4H. I am 51 years old so you know how old the house was then. I have never remarried (so far). One of the prior owners added onto the back of the house. This would be my kitchen. Well the foundation is unlevel leaving my floor unlevel which does not bother me much, but beware when you look up at the ceiling. I now have holes as they put on a flat roof and over the years I kept going the only affordable route by spreading this tar substance on it. Everytime it rains, out come the pans to catch the water. I have one spot where it won't be long and the ceiling is going to come down on me or something. And yes, my cabinets are quite an embarrassment. I love the size as it is a very nice large kitchen. I just had someone give me a used wall oven unit to kind of update mine and it was too large for the cabinet that now houses my old one so I am still with my old one. My windows, and oh my goodness there are many windows are very old and the wood is all rotted out which makes all but the one above my sink unusable. Come every Spring I face the March of the Ants in my kitchen, it's discusting, annoying and endless. Needless to say, I do not let people come over to my house anymore mainly because of how bad my kitchen looks. My son came home for a visit a year ago and accidently almost started a fire in my bedroom. I had tons of smoke damage throughout my house, and forgive me for saying, I sure wish it would have happened in the kitchen. Everytime it storms, again sad to say, I hope a tree will fall on that flat old roof. My favorite place to be in the house is my kitchen as I just love to cook and it sure would be nice to cook in a gorgeous one at that. I don't have to have all that fancy stuff, but just something I, number one - don't have to worry about and number two - is functional and number three - would be tears of complete joy to walk into. I work two jobs, sometimes three just to make ends meet as it is and the repair required just to make my kitchen without worry is far beyond my pocketbook. I realize that all of the above would cost more than $10,000, but I am truly concerned about my roof to the kitchen. I would be so happy to just have this worry and eyesore taken care of first. Everybody has their situations and I sympathize to each ones dilemna and hope the best to come for all of us. Thanks for listening.
I feel extremely moved by this story, to the point where if I had $10,000.00 I would be more then willing to hand it over to this women! She sounds like a wonderful person in need of a hand even if it were a small hand! I hope the best for this women and keep my fingers crossed that she wins! I am more then sure it would make her life! It also sounds like she put her heart and soul into this essay, what more could you ask for? Sounds like a winner to me, good luck honey!!
Michele

Portage, IN

#20 Jul 16, 2008
Sherrie wrote:
Nearly 14 years ago, I decided to buy a house for my son of 12 years. My realtor got me into this governmental program where I only paid 1/2 the monthly mortgage and the government paid the other. My realtor told me I qualified for a certain amount of money. Long story short, she (not me) found this house and out of desperation of trying to get out of a very unsafe situation for my son, I agreed. Well this governmental favor I renamed as the poor divorced, single mother's loan which pretty much Uncle Sam's you in the end. Anyway, there were many astrosocities to this house and mainly it was my kitchen. My house is around 100+ years old. Little did I know at the time, I used to go there as a little girl to do ceramics for 4H. I am 51 years old so you know how old the house was then. I have never remarried (so far). One of the prior owners added onto the back of the house. This would be my kitchen. Well the foundation is unlevel leaving my floor unlevel which does not bother me much, but beware when you look up at the ceiling. I now have holes as they put on a flat roof and over the years I kept going the only affordable route by spreading this tar substance on it. Everytime it rains, out come the pans to catch the water. I have one spot where it won't be long and the ceiling is going to come down on me or something. And yes, my cabinets are quite an embarrassment. I love the size as it is a very nice large kitchen. I just had someone give me a used wall oven unit to kind of update mine and it was too large for the cabinet that now houses my old one so I am still with my old one. My windows, and oh my goodness there are many windows are very old and the wood is all rotted out which makes all but the one above my sink unusable. Come every Spring I face the March of the Ants in my kitchen, it's discusting, annoying and endless. Needless to say, I do not let people come over to my house anymore mainly because of how bad my kitchen looks. My son came home for a visit a year ago and accidently almost started a fire in my bedroom. I had tons of smoke damage throughout my house, and forgive me for saying, I sure wish it would have happened in the kitchen. Everytime it storms, again sad to say, I hope a tree will fall on that flat old roof. My favorite place to be in the house is my kitchen as I just love to cook and it sure would be nice to cook in a gorgeous one at that. I don't have to have all that fancy stuff, but just something I, number one - don't have to worry about and number two - is functional and number three - would be tears of complete joy to walk into. I work two jobs, sometimes three just to make ends meet as it is and the repair required just to make my kitchen without worry is far beyond my pocketbook. I realize that all of the above would cost more than $10,000, but I am truly concerned about my roof to the kitchen. I would be so happy to just have this worry and eyesore taken care of first. Everybody has their situations and I sympathize to each ones dilemna and hope the best to come for all of us. Thanks for listening.
This girl is in desperate need of a new kitchen. It sounds to me as if she is the most deserving of all entries. She seems very sincere and gets my vote!

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