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GROUTED VINYL TILE FLOORING, $1,926. From Long Island (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

GROUTED VINYL TILE FLOORING, $1,926. From Long Island Paneling, Bohemia.
GRANITE BACKSPLASH, $800. From Bellport Stone Corp., Bellport.
GRANITE COUNTER, $5,000. Price includes the sink. From Bellport Stone Corp., Bellport.
PAINT, $200. Color is Oat Cake (four cans for kitchen and dining area) by Behr, from The Home Depot; applied by homeowners
MATERIALS, $2,263. From various sources including molding ($200), cedar shakes ($700) and Sheetrock ($260) from Speonk Lumber; insulation ($150), hardware ($253), plumbing supplies ($250) and lighting supplies ($450) from The Home Depot.
DUMPSTER, $1,000. This was for 10 days of use, from VGC Carting and Demolition, Copiague. (July 2012)

Kitchen makeover: A DIY approach with a baker's needs in mind

It took a few years, but Suzanne Bruey-Pingitore of Patchogue now has the kitchen of her dreams. Her husband, Joseph Pingitore, did almost everything in the remodel including cabinets, plumbing -- she finally has a dishwasher -- and the floors. "The only thing he didn't do was install the granite countertops," says Bruey-Pingitore, who worked as his assistant.

The project involved opening the kitchen to the dining room and adding more storage space, along with a designated area for baking, which is a passion for Bruey-Pingitore, who especially enjoys making and decorating wedding cakes. "I now have a place for all my baking supplies, my mixer and books," she says.

Total: About $34,500 (They estimate saving $40,000 by doing the work themselves.) -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN

BEFORE. The homeowners say the old kitchen’s Formica
(Credit: Suzanne Bruey-Pingitore)

BEFORE. The homeowners say the old kitchen’s Formica countertops had begun to buckle and had bumps all over them.

DURING. Homeowner Joseph Pingitore, who installs phone and
(Credit: Suzanne Bruey Pingitore)

DURING. Homeowner Joseph Pingitore, who installs phone and security systems in the Hamptons, dedicated a year’s worth of weekends to the project.

GROUTED VINYL TILE FLOORING, $1,926. From Long Island
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

GROUTED VINYL TILE FLOORING, $1,926. From Long Island Paneling, Bohemia.
GRANITE BACKSPLASH, $800. From Bellport Stone Corp., Bellport.
GRANITE COUNTER, $5,000. Price includes the sink. From Bellport Stone Corp., Bellport.
PAINT, $200. Color is Oat Cake (four cans for kitchen and dining area) by Behr, from The Home Depot; applied by homeowners
MATERIALS, $2,263. From various sources including molding ($200), cedar shakes ($700) and Sheetrock ($260) from Speonk Lumber; insulation ($150), hardware ($253), plumbing supplies ($250) and lighting supplies ($450) from The Home Depot.
DUMPSTER, $1,000. This was for 10 days of use, from VGC Carting and Demolition, Copiague. (July 2012)

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DESIGNATED BAKING AREA. For Suzanne Bruey-Pingitore, administrator at
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

DESIGNATED BAKING AREA. For Suzanne Bruey-Pingitore, administrator at the East Northport Jewish Center, a baking station was a top priority. (July 2012)

REFRIGERATOR, existing. CABINETRY, $17,543. Price reflects a discount.
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

REFRIGERATOR, existing. CABINETRY, $17,543. Price reflects a discount. Cabinetry includes the large pantry area with pullout shelves and the storage for the baking station. Some of her favorite features are a double-layered flatware drawer, oversized corner lazy Susans and built-in knife drawer. From Consumers Kitchen & Baths, Holbrook. (July 2012)

DISHWASHER, $672. From Best Buy, Patchogue. CUTTING BOARD,
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

DISHWASHER, $672. From Best Buy, Patchogue.
CUTTING BOARD, $0. Bruey-Pingitore made this herself from leftover wood in the basement. (July 2012)

RANGE, existing. MICROWAVE, $454. From Best Buy. (July
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

RANGE, existing.
MICROWAVE, $454. From Best Buy. (July 2012)

WINDOWS, $3,147. Includes over the sink ($411), the
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

WINDOWS, $3,147. Includes over the sink ($411), the dining area ($948, for two), TV area windows ($494, for two) and a large bay window ($1,294) over the bakery station. All from Speonk Lumber, installed by homeowners.
FAUCET, $160. From lightinthebox.com.

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KNIFE DRAWER. Included in price of cabinetry. (July
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

KNIFE DRAWER. Included in price of cabinetry. (July 2012)

DOUBLE-LAYER FLATWARE DRAWER. Included in price of cabinetry.
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

DOUBLE-LAYER FLATWARE DRAWER. Included in price of cabinetry. (July 2012)

DINING TABLE and SIX CHAIRS, existing. FLAT-SCREEN TELEVISION,
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

DINING TABLE and SIX CHAIRS, existing.
FLAT-SCREEN TELEVISION, $420. From Sixth Avenue Electronics, Commack.
BLINDS, $380 (for 10). From selectblinds.com.
BACK DOOR, $369. From The Home Depot. (July 2012)

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