Essays being accepted for fourth annu...

Essays being accepted for fourth annual Kitchen Makeover Contest

There are 38 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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pinky

Zillah, WA

#21 Jul 19, 2008
hi'my name is frncisca and am in great need of a kitchen makeover. and not only that my hold house.i adopted three of my grandchildren ages 7,6,4 and barley getting by.with bills and putting food on the table.my house was built in 1976 and all my applinaces are out-of date nothing matches in my small kitchen.and to be honest with you.it's very hard even to dress my children which i love with all my heart they come-frist.you should see my dinning table.
thanks
Carolyn

Sycamore, IL

#22 Jul 19, 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.
Wow, this lady has struggled for years to make a good life for her and her son. Sounds to me that she is very deserving of the kitchen make over.
suzy

Louisville, KY

#23 Jul 19, 2008
Although the story about the woman who purchased the 100 year old house sounds quite deserving I feel if she does not want to make the changes when she wins that you should choose me.
My story is that I have lived in the house I am in for 21 years. The house was built in 1959 and needs a face lift in the kitchen bad. The cabinets have been painted and repainted, the flooring does not match between the kitchen and dining area, although they are in the same area, and the entire room is quite small. I am recently divorced after 21 years and have remodeled the bathroom with the help of my 20 yr. old son, but find the idea of kitchen remodeling way too intimidating for my modest abilities.. Please consider me for your contest winner..
Jason

Merced, CA

#24 Jul 21, 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 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.
It sounds to me that this woman, as well as any woman in this all too familiar situation, deserve all of the help they can get; and then more. If this contest is really going to benefit one of these contestants in need, it is plainly obvious that this woman (Sherrie) poured her soul out to all who can read, in what seems a last attempt at desperation to keep in tact her home. Who can properly hold together a family, or themselves, without a kitchen to cook in and a sanitary home to relax? It is obvious with reading her testimony that her situation is dire, and is in desperate need of any help. Good luck Sherrie!!
Jason

Merced, CA

#25 Jul 21, 2008
It sounds to me that this woman, as well as any woman in this all too familiar situation, deserve all of the help they can get--and then more. If this contest is really going to benefit one of these contestants in need, it is plainly obvious that this woman (Sherrie) poured her soul out to all who can read, in what seems to be a last attempt at desperation to keep in tact her home before having to take an unwanted drastic measure (probably in the form of a high interest loan that she knowingly can't afford). So, in light of this contest, you have to ask yourself: Who can properly hold together a family, or themselves, without a kitchen to cook in and a sanitary home to relax?--and who is most in need of this charity? It is obvious with reading Sherrie's testimony that her situation is dire, and she is passionate about bettering her life and seems intelligent enough within her writing that it has convinced me that she is probably already doing everything in her power to better her situation. But, as life all too often has it, it seems that sherrie is still in desperate need of some more help. So, from me to you sherrie; Here's my vote! Good luck!!
Joseph

Chicago, IL

#26 Jul 25, 2008
This particular essay grabbed my attention. I came from a broken home. I remember how hard my mother worked just to keep our heads above water.
I only wish these type of sweepstakes were around for her.
After reading a good majority of the essays, I think Sherrie is the clear cut choice and the MOST deserving.
Monica

United States

#27 Jul 25, 2008
We moved into our beautiful home that is in a wonderful up and coming historic neighborhood. Our house used to be an apartment complex and we have been converting it back to a single family home. It is neat to see the wood work in the house. However the kitchen is a big eye sore and could probably be nominated for the worst kitchen award. The cabinets we are usuing for food storage are ancient. Some of them are missing the doors. Our silverware drawer drops off when opened. We have a plug that if the refrigerator is not in just right the refridgerator will stop running. The walls are different wall papers/holes/a hodgepodge of things. The flooring is black back in a small nook of the kitchen and with what I am unsure. All I know is that when I walk in there I never feel it is clean no matter how hard I scrub or what I do. I have small children and befor they leave our home it would be very nice for them to have a decent kitchen and not be embarassed to bring their friends over. The biggest thing is that my husband has been working so hard on the other parts of the house that this would be such a great gift to him for being such a great husband to me.
rita

AOL

#28 Aug 4, 2008
Several years ago the hose to the dishwasher broke. At the time we felt very lucky to have been home, we managed to stop the water with large beach towels before it reached the carpeted area of our house. Not seeing any visible damage at the time, we didn’t want to call the insurance company (living in Florida, make a claim…. get dropped fear, which they dropped us anyway as part of their company whatever, so much for being in good hands!!). Only to find out that the water we couldn’t see, had slowly, over time, ruined my entire kitchen. The water had gone under the cabinets and sat rotting away the particle board base of the cabinets and under the tiles making them hollow, the grout and tile is coming up all over the entire floor.(If you walk barefoot in the kitchen you will 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 the tiles we have on our floor. The bases of my cabinets have holes in them where the particle board has rotted away and they get bigger each time I use the vacuum hose (But I gotta clean). Even without this mess I have never really liked my kitchen. I am convinced that it was designed by a man, who probably can not even boil water, and felt that a woman’s place was in the kitchen!!! Even though I have a pretty large kitchen at approx 14’x28‘, aside from the 2 small cabinets by my stove, I have only ONE, yes ONE top cabinet for ALL of my plates and glasses. I have only 4 SMALL drawers,(and these are not even together) so small that a standard silverware tray is too big, I had to buy small plastic organizers for my silverware. The space designed for the frig is only big enough to fit about a 15 cu. Ft. frig.(Now who buys a frig that small, certainly not me,) so my frig sticks out of its space and you can’t open one the drawers all the way. When the door to the frig or freezer is opened it hit’s the stove. With the size of my kitchen NOTHING should hit anything!! When a kitchen has a breakfast bar, it is usually higher then the other counter tops or at least the same height, mine is LOWER!! The stove is ACROSS the room from the sink, and MY WASHER AND DRYER ARE IN MY KITCHEN. How utterly convenient,(with the exception of the potty) every thing I need is right here in my kitchen, I should never have to enter any other room of the house, I think that’s what he had in mind when he built this mess!!
Mary K

Lake Forest, IL

#29 Aug 4, 2008
I bought my home two years ago and lost my job a month later. I originally planned on replacing the appliances,painting and replacing the counter.

My income went down. I can barely afford my mortgage after refinancing last Dec. I am trying to get a second job or room mate. My last room mate stiffed me $1700 two months ago.

My oven igniter went out a month ago. I can't afford to fix it. My kitchen counter has burn holes from the previous owners. The kitchen cabinets' wood is badly worn. My dishwasher has a rusted rack that leaves a rust marks on my dishes and is loud. Not sure how old it is. The refrigerator has flooded twice on my hardwood floor.

If I could make these changes it would really improve my kitchen and help eliminate these problems.
Annamarie

AOL

#30 Aug 10, 2008
Dear Judges: If I would win the $50,000.00 makeover, I would like to give 4 other people
$10,000.00 towards their kitchen makeover.
My dream of giving mom some heaven on earth with
her depressed home came to an end in 2005. She
died in her sleep. I did the best I could by
using credit for some of the upkeep. Now I'm
paying the price with the debts that take forever to clear. However, I could still do good with $10,000.00 for my kitchen, and still make 4 other
people happy with $10,000.00 towards their
kitchen's if that is not breaking the rules.
I look at that I had nothing before the contest, and why not share it with 4 other people who are hurting, too. If such a request can be done, then
you select the 4 other lucky people.
I rest my case. It's in your hands judges!
Casey

United States

#31 Aug 24, 2008
I am in desperae for a kitchen makover. For the last seven years, I have had no working appliances. My wall oven stopped working when the leak from the roof ruined the built in cabinet and the oven is falling out of the cabinet. The stove top was used when I got it and now it is very rusty, so I turned the gas off. Many of my cabinets are hanging crocked because the leaks from the roof ruined the soffits. The celing has a two foot hole in it and the floor tiles beneath it have disappeared from the water damage. Do you know what is it like not to even have running water in your kitchen sink because the pipes are broken? HELP - I haven't had a home cooked meal in years - not where to cook!
Marilyn Twinsburg Ohio

Richmond, VA

#32 Sep 18, 2008
I would love a kitchen makeover for very different reasons than what is normal. Not because my kitchen is falling apart, not because my house is old, not because I need a new roof to stop a kitchen leak, but being totally honest I am and has always been a total "homebody" I love being at home!! I love cooking in my kitchen for my family and friends. This makeover would "complete" what I consider to be a perfect home that I love. I know others have desperate needs for repairs, leaks, and the such, but my need is strictly for love......... I LOVE my home and my family. We spend quality time in our kitchen talking, laughing, and just interacting like your all American family. It's the only part of my home that is outdated as far as decor goes. If I am blessed enought to win this contest my already "perfect" home will be that much more blessed !!! thank you.
Jejnmom

Vancouver, WA

#33 Sep 25, 2008
My home is a 100
By Renetta Frederick

Redoing the bedrooms in soft colors of gold was mostly...easy
My kitchen with four drawers and one counter in red white & blue...is sleazy

I need a make over...PLEASY
Jeanne

AOL

#34 Oct 9, 2008
I am not in need of a new kitchen, but my sister Anne is. Her kitchen has been in disrepair for years. Her cabinets are coming off the hinges, the wallpaper was taken down years ago, and she has but one outlet to plug in her appliances. Also, her washing machine is in the kitchen which if moved would give her more room. I know she is embarrassed by her kitchen, and family get together's are usually held at my other sisters houses because of this. I really believe my sister would really appreciate a new kitchen, as well as I think she deserves it. I think it if her kitchen was fixed, some of her anxiety and stress would become lessoned. She may even want the whole family over for the Holidays to celebrate. Thank you. Anne's eldest sister Jeanne
Ashley

Jackson, MS

#35 Oct 20, 2008
This post isn't being typed in reference to myself. I have a friend in graduate school with me. He is from the Miami area but we are in school in Mississippi. He often talks about doing things at home to help his mother. He recently spoke of doing some renovations to his mother's kitchen. He is one of the most caring people I know. He continuously looks for ways to help others and works himself to make sure that he handling himself in the proper fashion that his parents raised him in. He is humble and loving and for those reasons and many more, I would love to be a blessing to he and his mother and enter this contest to win his mother a new kitchen to cook in. I am not sure about the details of the home, but I appreciate his desire take care of home despite the fact that he isn't there. Graduate school can be rough, yet he takes every day in stride and with a prayer in his heart. I would just really like his mother to have this opportunity. Thank you.
Tamika

United States

#36 Nov 3, 2008
Hello. I am in desperate need of a kitchen makeover! I have been in my home for 8 years now. I am a single mom, have worked part time for the last 3 years and because of hard time, I was never able to upgrade my kitchen. to make matters worse, I was just Layed Off from my job of 20 years last week! The linoleum on my floor is dry-rotting and peeling, one wall is panelled and the other has some type of laminate on it. My cabinets are also old and dry-rotting and barely hanging on to the walls. There are so many crack and crevices along the walls and corners and the ceiling is an old, popcorn ceiling...yes Popcorn in the kitchen! Help me makeover my kitchen so I have a nice, new, modern kitchen to cook in.
Julie-Missouri

Saint Louis, MO

#37 Nov 10, 2008
Linoleum dull with no more vibrant shine
scuffmarks, cuts and stains my kids had left behind
The countertops small are old and worn, the design no longer gleems
Particle board cabinet so few, are warped, and covered with nicks and pocks
On hands and knees I stretch far in back to get just a cereal box
Dishes must be strategically stacked or else it would never do.
Oh, Lord, how happy I would be to have a kitchen functional and new!
Caren and Tom

Lewis, NY

#38 Feb 14, 2009
We purchased are house over twenty years ago, and have redone many aspects of the house, but have not been able to afford to update the kitchen. We are desperate for a new kitchen. We have no kitchen cabinets, and use a wooden cabinet I purchased at an auction until we can afford real cabinets. There is little counter space with hand made drawers that are falling apart so badly my silverware falls threw the cracks. My husband and I are Civil War re-enactors and donate much of our time to museums etc... We both love to cook, but find cooking in our kitchen frustrating. It is almost easier and more enjoyable for us to cook at a Civil War re-enactment over our fire pit than it is in our kitchen. HELP!

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