Published at Sunday, October 29th 2017. by Wiatt Lambert in Cabinets & Drawer.
Thrift stores like Habitat for Humanity's ReStore receive donations of leftover cabinets from homebuilders and individuals upgrading their kitchens; they're a good place to go for cheap new cabinets and other home items.
If you're looking to update your existing kitchen or designing and installing a brand-new one, your greatest expense will be the cabinets. You'll definitely want to check out these hints and tips about cheap kitchen cabinets—tips that work equally well, regardless of whether you need typical cabinet space or are building a kitchen island with breakfast bar.
Before installing your kitchen cabinets, it's helpful to begin by assessing your practical needs and exploring different style options. You may have a number of kitchen gadgets that can find homes in built-in accessory drawer boxes or cutlery trays. Or you may prefer a built-in spice rack drawer, trash can pull-out, or even a custom wine cabinet.
The most common and often most affordable way to customize your kitchen cabinets is through the use of cabinet hardware. Door handles and drawer pulls come in a wide array of colors, materials, sizes and shapes. They are usually metal but can differ enough to change the look of your kitchen from traditional to modern or vice versa.
There are also many other options for spicing up your kitchen cabinet doors, starting with the door itself. With a little extra budget, you can explore custom cabinet doors with recessed or cutout designs, or, for an economical option, add molding to flat doors for a custom look that's less expensive. Antique hardware is a popular option—it can add a feeling of history to cabinets that might otherwise seem a bit staid. And "antique" doesn't mean it has to come from the manor of a wealthy dowager—there are many faux-aged options offered by home improvement and design stores.
"In Victorian times, they used dark woods, like walnut, cherry or mahogany, and stained them almost black," Jennifer says. Couple those with a creamy granite or marble countertop, and you've got the perfect period look. Susan envisions a more modern take: "frameless black cabinetry with reeded glass inserts, stainless-steel appliances, art glass pendants and a mosaic glass-tile backsplash."