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Why gut it if you can repair it?

Need new cabinets or back splashes? Before replacing what you have, see if you can fix them.

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Fix non-fatal flaws
Fix non-fatal flaws
The kitchen may just need a touch-up, not a gut renovation.
Dated and drab cabinets. Damaged kitchen floors. A rusted old tub. When faced with such problems, many homeowners think they have one of two choices: cough up big bucks for replacements, or grind their teeth and live with it. But many household flaws can be repaired for a fraction of starting over. Here are four jobs where it pays to work with what you have.
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Last updated October 04 2010: 5:02 AM ET
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