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CABINETRY, $20,000. The cabinetry is solid wood and (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

CABINETRY, $20,000. The cabinetry is solid wood and handmade. It includes maple doors and plywood boxes with birch veneer. One of Michelle’s favorite features is the pullout shelves for all her baking equipment. From Narva Kitchens & Closets, Springfield, N.J. (January 2012)

A bright, crisp DIY kitchen

Michelle Buccinna's old kitchen had a lot of other problems: a beat-up floor, almost no counter space, a strange soffit that ran only half the length of the kitchen. The room had so little storage space that she had to store some kitchen supplies in the basement. She and her husband, Brian Buccinna, also 34, a social studies teacher in the Patchogue-Medford School District, turned to her father, Joe Buscemi, for help. Buscemi, 60, is the family go-to guy when it comes to home remodeling. "I joked with them that I practiced on everyone else's" house, says Buscemi, who joined Brian for the DIY makeover of the kitchen in the Buccinnas' Medford home. Here's how Brian, the family cook, and Michelle, the baker, created a new space that works for everyone. Total: About $31,500 -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen

BEFORE. Medford homeowner Brian Buccinna gets help from
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BEFORE. Medford homeowner Brian Buccinna gets help from his father-in-law, Joe Buscemi, also of Medford, to remodel the kitchen in the home he shares with wife Michelle Buccinna. (2011)

CABINETRY, $20,000. The cabinetry is solid wood and
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

CABINETRY, $20,000. The cabinetry is solid wood and handmade. It includes maple doors and plywood boxes with birch veneer. One of Michelle’s favorite features is the pullout shelves for all her baking equipment. From Narva Kitchens & Closets, Springfield, N.J. (January 2012)

DENTIL MOLDING. The Buccinnas extended the dentil molding
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DENTIL MOLDING. The Buccinnas extended the dentil molding around the entire room, not just on the cabinets. Included in the cost of the cabinetry. (January 2012)

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TRAVERTINE BACKSPLASH, $318. While Michelle walked in wanting
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TRAVERTINE BACKSPLASH, $318. While Michelle walked in wanting subway tiles, she fell in love with this pattern that she saw on display at the store. From Ideal Tile, Patchogue.
PORCELAIN TILE FLOORING, $1,981. Includes Ditra underlayment ($500), plywood ($200) and screws ($100) from The Home Depot, Medford; and tile ($1,181) from Alita Tile & Design Center Inc., Bohemia.
CAMBRIA LINCOLNSHIRE QUARTZ COUNTERTOP, $3,750. From Savvy Custom Stone Ltd., Medford.
GE MICROWAVE, $279. From The Home Depot.
GE FRENCH-DOOR REFRIGERATOR, $1,775. From The Home Depot.
GE RANGE, $679. From The Home Depot. (January 2012)

DINING TABLE and CHAIRS, existing. Initially, Michelle was
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

DINING TABLE and CHAIRS, existing. Initially, Michelle was going to reupholster the chairs. But, after a thorough cleaning, “they looked great,” Michelle says.
PAINT, $44. It is Rainwater in an eggshell finish, from the Martha Stewart Collection, The Home Depot.
HURRICANE CANDLEHOLDER/CANDLE, existing.

THE NEW CUPBOARDS provide plenty of space for
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THE NEW CUPBOARDS provide plenty of space for storage and display. (January 2012)

HARDWARE, $158 (11 knobs, 38 handles). From Lowe’s.
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

HARDWARE, $158 (11 knobs, 38 handles). From Lowe’s. (January 2012)

MOEN FAUCET, $230. From The Home Depot, Bellport.
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

MOEN FAUCET, $230. From The Home Depot, Bellport.
SINK, $0. This came free with the countertop order. (January 2012)

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OUTLET COVERS, $47 (for eight). Buscemi chose these
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

OUTLET COVERS, $47 (for eight).
Buscemi chose these because they clip on, hiding the screws. From Lowe’s Home Improvement, Medford. (January 2012)

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