They couldn't afford to sink thousands of dollars into the face lift nor did they want to suffer through weeks and weeks of construct-oids encroaching upon their space. Jump down to see the dramatic transformation these self-proclaimed "weekend warriors" accomplished with minor materials and little bit of paint...
"We sanded, painted (we didn't pick the color, it was already selected by the previous owner and matched the other half of the kitchen), and changed out the glass for the aluminum screens. The aluminum screens were bought at a Home Depot, and are typically used for enclosing in an old style radiator. Eric used a silver spray paint to reuse the old hinges (we are cheap). It didn't take nearly as long as I thought it was going to."
Check out Kim's blog, Picture the Sound, for more photos of this, and other, home projects. Keep up the good (and frugal!) work, you two!
Photo credit: Kim Rottmayer