Safe Horizon's new kitchen.

Photo credit: Laura Moss

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Instead of changing the cabinets, Elaine gave the kitchen a whole new look by painting them with three coats of American Tradition paint in Honeymilk. Lowe's did the project's heavy lifting, including the kitchen renovation. Lowe's donated Whirlpool's stainless steel gas range and microwave as well as the countertop and backsplash in LG's Hi-Macs, a durable, nonporous acrylic solid surface installed by Counter-Tech Industries. A Crate & Barrel colander and Bed Bath & Beyond canisters add homey-ness.

The rest of the common room now divides into two sections. Four striped denim lounge chairs surround the rectangular table that constitutes the library, where residents and staff share meals, watch the wall-mounted plasma TV from LG, or use the four computers Elaine corralled from Gateway.