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As we all know, kitchen cabinets are expensive. Very expensive! There are a few ways to try and save on costs, either by hitting up warehouse stores or Craigslist/Habitat ReStores to find used cabinets in good condition. While researching sources for kitchen cabinets for the new place, we found someone who can get us uppers and lowers for about $3K. Not bad, but not ideal. The thing that gets me about store-bought cabinets are they’re often made with cheap pressed wood. Even the expensive ones! The fronts may look great, but the boxes are crap. So one avenue I’m trying to get the hubs on with me is building our own. Ana has a few different plans on her site right now, with a lot more to come once she starts building the kitchens on her Momplex. So far she’s got this 18″ base cabinet above, a 36″ corner cabinet, and a sink base:
The best part? They’re made from PureBond, the amazing odor-free real-wood plywood. No particle board or nasty chemicals. The kickplates are made from 2×4’s. Even the doors can be handmade! And they’re a fraction of the price of new cabinets, even the cheap kind. But what really gets me is that each cabinet will cost less than $100, but I can fully customize them. So instead of paying three to four hundred dollars on custom cabinets, I can make good on all my inspiration pins on Pinterest and save money by doing it myself! What if I’d rather have drawers than doors under my sink?
I could build that! (minus the fancy slides, I’d still use normal slides and a wood drawer side) I can leave the area for the drawer open and add a dowel for paper towels
Fun, right? Do I want open storage for slide-out baskets full of veggies grown in the garden? Sure!
And should I desire a deeper-than-usual silverware drawer so I can store them vertically rather than horizontally, I can do that too!
All very good reasons to build our own cabinets. After a lot of convincing arguments (and showing him all the pins above) I convinced my husband that we need to at least give it a shot. I’m going to build two 24″ cabinets that we plan to use for our island. If all goes well, we’ll team up and knock out what we need for our kitchen. And if it’s awful? Well, we’ll fix them as best as we can to use on the island, then buy the ones for the rest of the kitchen. But I plan to really take my time and double check all my angles so it turns out looking fantastic so I can get the kitchen of my dreams at a fraction of the cost.
Have you ever considered tackling a job typically left up to the pros? Built anything you normally hire a handyman for? Tell me about it so I can keep my confidence high enough to attempt building my own kitchen!