In 2019 I removed an old kitchen from a house that was built in 1975 and replaced it with a secondhand kitchen that was only around 10 years old. The secondhand kitchen was very large and worth around $15000 installed and still had a lot of life left in it, however some of the vinyl wrap was peeling in parts. This damage is why the previous owners offered it for free, but only if new owners removed it themselves. The secondhand kitchen didn't come with a sink, rangehood, dishwasher or pantry, but it did come with a gas cooktop and electric oven.
After I finally brought the whole kitchen back to my house I wondered if I had bought off more than I could handle in terms of the work effort required to put it all back together, especially when I was half way through sanding the floors in the lounge room and now I'm storing the whole kitchen there. Picking up something secondhand is about being in the right place at the right time as it took me several months to find the right kitchen and on top of that it then took me 18
hours over 2 days to dismantle and transport it.
I love saving money and turning something old into something new, but this kitchen renovation made me very nervous and my anxiety went through the roof as I stressed over all the many unique alterations that were required for it to fit nicely and look good. Even though I picked up the kitchen for free, I still had to source a double sink, range hood, gas oven and pantry.
In the end, I successfully put it all together over several months after work and on the weekends for under $1000.