doors off. He added the trim, sanded, caulked, primed and painted. After two coats, he sealed them for protection. Afterwards, he used a little varnish and stain to revitalize the spaces between the doors to freshen them up.

The result was a brand new look.

“It’s a lot nicer than I thought it was going to be,” said Lorraine Abel, the proud owner of a new kitchen. “And the handles really dress it up. I really think it looks nice.”

Of course, trim can be used where walls meet ceiling or as chair molding to give the effect of wainscoting, whether you use the same color below the molding or keep it the same.

But where does a person go to get ideas?

“Page through magazines,” says Michael.

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“Look at other people’s homes. Take a class.”

As for Michael himself? Just like that creative 5-year-old so many years ago, Michael tends to come up with his own ideas. He has this remarkable ability to look at a seemingly hopeless project and see what most other people don’t—he looks beyond the surface and sees possibilities.

“I’ve always had this ability to look at something and then picture what it’s going to look like before it’s done,” he says.

It’s like being given a paint-by-number set but choosing your own colors and style.

Questions? Call Michael at (920) 946-7768 or e-mail wearemcandma@