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When you buy a house without getting to see it in person, you might find some surprises. Laura Mattox and her husband AJ sure did when they moved into their home, a cute 1932 Dutch Colonial that they signed the papers for while stationed overseas with the military. “I saw the pictures of the kitchen and figured that with wooden cabinets, I could simply paint them or somehow spruce them up without much trouble,” Laura says of the kitchen. But once they got to check it out in real life? Well, that was a different story. “It was such a disappointment—the cabinets were not wood, but some type of plastic formica that was peeling off plywood fronts,” says Laura. “Every one of the drawers was broken, so they wouldn’t stay closed and when