Budget Breakdown: A Portland Designer Jazzes Up His ’50s Kitchen for Less Than $26K

Using humble materials like plywood and laminate in a smart way, Ben Ediger of design-build studio Spacecraft gives his tired kitchen a much-needed update.

When Ben Ediger and Emily Wyant bought their 1959 rambler in Portland, Oregon, in 2016, the kitchen had no appliances, two layers of linoleum on the floor, and plywood cabinets hidden under years of paint, complete with sticky doors and drawers that wouldn’t close. 

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