Cheap Kitchen Cabinets

Just because they don't cost a lot doesn't mean they are "cheap."


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


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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



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


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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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