Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the features of unfinished kitchen cabinets to see how this affordable option can give you unique and beautiful cabinets on a budget.

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By: Amy McEvoy

If you're in the market for new kitchen cabinets and also looking for ways to keep your project under budget, one extremely affordable option is to explore the many styles of unfinished kitchen cabinet styles available.

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Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel

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John Colaneri

Contemporary Kitchen

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Debe Robinson

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White Traditional Kitchen

Tuscan Style Kitchen

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Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

Kitchen with Island and White Cabinets

Red Kitchen Cabinets

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Kim Alexandriuk

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White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Contemporary style kitchen

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

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Black and White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Design

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Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

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Modern Kitchen with Red Pendants

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets

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Large Kitchen with Island

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Celebrity Communities

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Kitchen with Island Seating

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Brown Contemporary Kitchen

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Nomita Joshi Gupta

Rustic Kitchen Island

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

White transitional kitchen

White Kitchen with Round Island

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Urban Oasis Kitchen

Kitchen with Ladder

Neutral Kitchen

White Kitchen

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets

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Ben Herzog

White Kitchen with Dining Table

White Kitchen with Wood Island

White Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

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

Black Cabinetry

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island

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Cheri Wentworth

Orange Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen

White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

Black Cabinets in Galley Kitchen

White Cabinets

Depending on the type of wood and style of the cabinets, unfinished cabinets can be an economical and efficient way to give your kitchen a brand new look. When you start your search for unfinished kitchen cabinets, the first decision you make will be the style of cabinet you want to feature. Do you want to add a sleek, contemporary or modern look to your kitchen, or are you interested in a more traditional design?

Clean, crisp lines and angular cutouts will work best with a modern or contemporary design, whereas Shaker or craftsman-style cabinets tend toward a more traditional look for your unfinished kitchen cabinets. Decisions regarding the style may also influence the material you use for your kitchen cabinets—more traditional styles generally feature wood almost exclusively, whereas modern and contemporary styles may feature artificial materials, which are less likely to be available in an "unfinished" state.

Once you've decided on a style, you'll need to choose your material. Cherry wood is a very high-end choice, popular for its extreme durability and an attractive natural color, which can range from deep brown to red. Maple, oak and hickory are also high-quality wood choices. Pine can be a great choice for a rustic, country kitchen look. More exotic woods like mahogany, ebony and bamboo are much higher-priced options, but they're known for ultimate durability and a truly unique unfinished appearance.

When your wood is chosen, you'll need to decide if a fully unfinished look is right for your kitchen, or, alternatively, if you want to paint or stain your new kitchen cabinets. Generally, a fully unfinished look can pair well with a country or rustic kitchen style, but it can also feature well in a range of traditional kitchen styles. If you do choose to finish your kitchen cabinets yourself, you'll want to keep in mind that certain woods accept stain and paint better than others. If it is your plan to stain your unfinished kitchen cabinets, do some research beforehand to ensure that your wood choice will accept the stain and preserve its natural beauty at the same time.

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