A while back my husband was asked to remodel a kitchen for one of our favorite repeat customers. I was confused. He had already remodeled their kitchen a mere seven years before and it was gorgeous. The couple had pulled all the stops in the design and paint choices, and people came for miles just to see it. What on earth was going on?

Eventually it became clear to me but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. All I knew at the time was that they were replacing their appliances and offered them to my husband, which he would work off in trade for them throughout the remodel. Then he told me what he’d done.

Recommended for you