Tab's chicken obsession sounds like us. Two yrs ago we were in Home Depot buying new outside doors, the ones on our house were over a hundred yrs old and cold. I was checking out a kitchen cabinet display, manager walks by and says 'you want it $500, today only, have to get it out of here to make room for more refrigerators'. Mentioned it to the wife, our kitchen was really crappy. She said no, not now. We left. Then she says even if we bought cheap cabinets, two cost $500, I told her the guy said the counter alone with built-in sink was $500. Drove back and bought it. It was one of the high grade setups, crown molding and everything, $6,000 setup complete for $500.
Ruined my summer though, we completely gutted the kitchen, walls floor everything.
My Parent's house is from 1804, with at least 4 additions...used to be a field hospital in the French-Indian War, now is just a nice big home for our 4 dogs,the roaming tortoise and us 3....we are starting the summer kitchen renovation next month. All of us are terrified of what we'll find, as not a single addition was built up to code of any kind (I bet toddlers with Legos are more competent) but we bought a "new" used gas range and everyone decided that a new stove deserves a new kitchen. I'll post pics of the madness once we start.