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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Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

   

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel

   

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Contemporary Kitchen

    

From: Debe Robinson

Photo By: DANNY MITCHELL ©Danny Mitchell Photography

White Traditional Kitchen

Tuscan Style Kitchen

    

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

Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

   

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Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

Red Kitchen Cabinets

     

From: Kim Alexandriuk

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

White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Contemporary style kitchen

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

       

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Black and White Kitchen

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

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

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

        

Urban Oasis Kitchen

        

Neutral Kitchen

White Kitchen

        

Photo By: Gina Samarotto

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets

       

White Kitchen with Dining Table

         

White Kitchen with Wood Island

        

White Cottage Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

         

From: Dave Stimmel

Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

White Glass Front cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

         

Blue Kitchen with Glass Countertops

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets

        

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Black Cabinetry

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island

           

From: Cheri Wentworth

Contemporary Kitchen

        

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

Black Cabinets in Galley Kitchen

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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