Cheap Kitchen Cabinets

Just because they don't cost a lot doesn't mean they are "cheap."
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By: Melissa Webster

When remodeling your kitchen, the kitchen cabinets are a major focal point and can eat up almost half the cost, but there are ways to get amazing, beautiful, like-new cheap kitchen cabinets.

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Red Kitchen

   

Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

   

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel

   

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Green Transitional Kitchen

    

Photo By: Darren S Higgins ©Darren S Higgins

Contemporary Kitchen

    

From: Debe Robinson

Photo By: DANNY MITCHELL ©Danny Mitchell Photography

White Traditional Kitchen

    

Photo By: Marco Valencia ©Marco Valencia

Tuscan Style Kitchen

    

Photo By: Photographer: Harvey Smith © Photography by Harvey Smith

Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

   

©Scripps Networks, LLC

White Country Kitchen

    

White Transitional Kitchen

    

Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

    

Modern White Kitchen with Glass Cabinets

    

Kitchen with Gray Cabinetry

    

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

    

Beige Transitional Kitchen

    

©Heather Guss

Kitchen with Island

    

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

White Arts and Crafts Style Kitchen

     

Photo By: Bob Narod

Eclectic Pink and Green Kitchen

     

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Rustic Blue Kitchen

    

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

    

Photo By: Brian Kellogg ©2012 Brian Kellogg

Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

       

Kitchen with Island and White Cabinets

    

Photo By: Ben Rollins

Red Kitchen Cabinets

     

From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Edward Addeo ©Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

     

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Modern Brown Kitchen and Dining Room

     

White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

     

White traditional kitchen with Island

    

Contemporary style kitchen

         

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

       

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Black and White Kitchen

     

©COPYRIGHT, 2007

Contemporary Kitchen Design

     

Photo By: Picasa

Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

     

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Modern Kitchen with Red Pendants

    

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

     

From: Jennifer Gilmer and Lauren Levant

Photo By: Photography by Bob Narod for Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets

        

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Contemporary Kitchen with Breakfast Area

     

White Cottage Kitchen

       

Cottage Kitchen Cabinets

     

Large Kitchen with Island

        

From: Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography © Denver Parade of Homes

Kitchen with Island Seating

      

Photo By: Photo Credit: HDR Homes ©Denver Parade of Homes

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

      

From: Nomita Joshi Gupta

Rustic Kitchen Island

           

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

            

White transitional kitchen

           

Contemporary Kitchen

         

White Kitchen with Round Island

         

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

        

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Kitchen Island Seating

          

Modern Kitchen

          

Photo By: Laura Umansky

Warm Kitchen with Island

           

Photo By: Orren Pickell

Blue Kitchen

        

Green traditional kitchen

        

Urban Oasis Kitchen

        

Kitchen with Ladder

         

Neutral Kitchen

        

From: Mary Broerman

Kitchen with Island

       

White Kitchen

        

Photo By: Gina Samarotto

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets

       

White Kitchen with Island

        

From: Tracy Dunn

White Kitchen Cabinets

        

White Kitchen with Dining Table

         

White Kitchen with Wood Island

        

White Kitchen with Glass Cabinets

         

Traditional Kitchen

         

From: Drury Design

White Cottage Kitchen

        

From: Drury Design

White Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry

         

From: Drury Design

White Kitchen with Chandeliers

           

From: Drury Design

White traditional Kitchen

      

From: Drury Design

Photo By: Drury Design

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

         

From: Dave Stimmel

Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

        

From: Dave Stimmel

White Kitchen with Trey Ceiling

         

From: Dave Stimmel

Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

       

From: Dave Stimmel

Photo By: Charles H Meacham

White Glass Front cabinets

        

White Kitchen Cabinets

         

Kitchen with Island

        

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

         

Blue Kitchen with Glass Countertops

          

Eclectic Kitchen with Ladder

          

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets

        

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Black Cabinetry

          

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

         

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

         

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

           

Pale Kitchen cabinets

         

Black Kitchen Cabinets

          

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

White Transitional Kitchen

         

Large Kitchen with Island

           

From: Cheri Wentworth

Orange Kitchen Cabinets

          

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Pink Modern Kitchen

             

Kitchen with Stove and cabinets

          

Contemporary Kitchen

        

White Kitchen

          

From: Traci Zeller

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

          

White Kitchen Cabinets

          

Blue Tile Backsplash and White Cabinets

          

Black Cabinets in Galley Kitchen

           

From: Kristi Nelson

White Cabinets

               

Black and White Kitchen

          

Warm Kitchen with Screen Cabinet Panels

          

If your cabinets are still in really good condition, a new coat of paint or stain and new hardware, like funky, eclectic knobs and hinges, can do the trick for a fresh new look at a nominal cost. You can also get a brand new look by refacing your cabinets for half the cost of a complete replacement. For a complete replacement though, and if you have the time and patience for it, you can scour thrift stores, cabinetry shops and home improvement stores often for deals on discounted and clearance cabinets. Just be patient until you find what you want.

Painting and staining is an inexpensive way to update your kitchen cabinets and make them like new again. To get that smooth, like-new look, the trick is in the light sanding between coats of paint. If you do it yourself, be prepared to be working on it over the course of two or three weekends or a full week or two, and plan for your kitchen to be out of commission during this time. The process will require you to remove the cabinet doors and hardware, clean all of it thoroughly and paint or stain it all separately. You'll need to apply primer before you paint, and you'll have to decide if you're going to use a paint brush or a sprayer.

Another option for an inexpensive cabinet makeover is to reface them. Refacing is the process of applying a thin layer of wood or laminate veneer over the existing cabinet boxes. With refacing you can change the wood and color to something completely new and different, and the choices are plentiful for any design style you want. So it is an option you'll probably be pleased with, provided your cabinets are still in good enough condition. Flat-panel and slab doors can usually be refaced, but most cabinet doors cannot, so the doors need to be replaced. Replacing the hardware would complete the look nicely.

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. You can also call frequently or stop by cabinet makers' shops and home improvement stores for discounted and clearance cabinets that were built under contract, but the contracts were not completed. This is where patience comes into play. You'll have to know ahead of time what you want so you don't get something on impulse, but be flexible enough to accept something slightly different from what you'd planned if you find something really good.

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