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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Photo by: Thomas Northcut

Thomas Northcut

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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Modern Kitchen With Hardwood Floors

This modern kitchen features white accents and stainless steel appliances. Bar stools adorn the breakfast bar.

Updated Neutral Modern Kitchen With Custom Wood Cabinetry

This neutral modern kitchen was brought back to life by opening up the space and adding windows. Updated lighting was added to fit today's lifestyle and also respect the age and style of the space. Custom wood cabinets were added throughout. Thought was given to each finish to ensure that the original style of the house was retained with a more modern touch.

From: Jamie House

Neutral Modern Kitchen With Red Oven, White Island and Wood Wall

A crisp white island and matching shelves and cabinetry serve up ample storage in this modern kitchen. The open, neutral space is anything but boring thanks to a bright red oven, large pendant lights and an eye-catching wood wall.

Kitchen With Modern Finishes

A refinished concrete floor and whitewashed cabinets add to the cool charm of this airy kitchen.

Eat-In Kitchen Boasts Sleek, Streamlined Look

Streamlined white cabinets pair with rich wood islands and polished concrete floors for a sleek, clean look in this eat-in kitchen. A vibrant red pendant adds a bold splash of color to the space.

Photo By: Phil Kean Design Group

Bright, Eat-In Kitchen With Ample Storage Space

Bright and white, this spacious eat-in kitchen features twin islands for plenty of prep and storage space. Cabinets on both sides of the kitchen store all of your kitchen necessities. Integrated appliances, such as the ovens, refrigerator and wine cooler add a modernized touch to the sleek design.

Photo By: Michael Lowry Photography and Harvey Smith Photography

Modern Kitchen Features Quartz Countertop Islands & Curved Cherry Flooring

Cherry wood strip flooring, curved and bent in a pattern matching the radial form of the residence, is a spectacular example of the attention to detail in this modern kitchen. High-end finishes, like the Cambria quartz countertops, offsets the industrial elegance of the cast-in-place structural concrete wall. Floating storage echoes the elevated kitchen islands and influences the open feel.

White Modern Open Plan Kitchen With Wood Cabinets

This open concept kitchen elegantly fills an awkward space by adding a cozy dining nook in the back corner. The nook's dark gray accent wall combines with the hardwood cabinetry to give a refined touch to the all-white space.

Modern Kitchen With Elegant Globe Chandeliers and Tray Ceiling

This light and bright kitchen features two eye-catching globe chandeliers positioned over the kitchen island, which boasts a gray and white marble countertop like the rest of the kitchen. White glass front cabinets are paired with a white herringbone backsplash, while a light gray tray ceiling offers a finishing touch.

Modern Monochrome White Kitchen With Large Island and Stainless Steel Appliances

A mix of natural light and decorative light fixtures add to the bright look of this all-white kitchen. Polished white countertop reflects the light over smooth, large cabinets. A large island extends out to an eat-in area with simple white bar stools. Stainless steel appliances are built into the kitchen, and a few small decorative items add a personal touch to the design.

Brown and Green Modern Kitchen With Green Backsplash

Slotted in between gorgeous walnut cabinets, the bright green glass tile backsplash wakes up this tasteful kitchen. The white countertops are a subtle pairing that doesn't compete with the vibrant color.

White Modern Kitchen With Ocean View

This gorgeous modern kitchen echoes the serene beauty of a white sandy beach, punctuated by the stunning ocean view just beyond the room's enormous windows. Soft gray cabinets bring a touch of textured contrast, but the overall feel is sleek and airy.

From: Brittney Fischbeck

Modern, White Kitchen with Large Island and Orange Stools

Sleek and sophisticated, this white, modern kitchen is perfectly uncluttered and large -- ready for cooking and guests. The island doubles as a breakfast bar; the bar stools add the room's pop of color.

Photo By: Mark Bittoni

High-Contrast Kitchen Boasts Clean, Streamlined Look

Sleek, clean and sophisticated, this kitchen achieves the optimal atmosphere for preparing a meal. Minimal cabinet hardware, a waterfall island countertop and clean-lined barstools help to accomplish the crisp, streamlined look. The color palette is equally impressive; rich brown cabinets offer striking contrast against the crisp white surroundings.

Neutral Modern Kitchen With Long Stone Countertops

Long stone countertops run the length of this spacious modern kitchen. A mix of neutral stone and tile creates variety and texture in the monochromatic space.

A Light and Minimal Open Kitchen

This modern, minimal kitchen and living space is enveloped entirely in white, giving the home an otherworldly feeling of weightlessness. Baseboards and cabinetry bases are recessed, making walls and furnishings appear to float. Clerestory windows in the kitchen bring in loads of natural light.

Oversized Modern Kitchen Island With Table-Height Counter

This oversized kitchen island provides plenty of seating at the eat-in counter and additional seating at the table-height extension. Acrylic dining chairs and barstools don't weigh down the space, while sleek cabinetry provides a modern backdrop for the open kitchen.

Warm, Inviting Touches

A custom glass backsplash and granite countertops bring modern aesthetics. Designer Gregory Augustine integrated honey-colored leather stools and dark walnut cabinetry to add warmth and comfort to the space.

Photo By: Ralph Oswald

A Variety of Textures

A stone wall, glass tabletop and wood ceiling light fixture bring various textures to this kitchen designed by Elizabeth Rosensteel. The monochromatic gray tones in the countertops, cabinets, stools and backsplash bring a modern touch to the space.

Modern Chic

This kitchen, designed by Vanessa DeLeon, is filled with style, from the sophisticated piano to the sparkling light fixture. The fireplace by Panika Fires resembles a piece of art, and the shiny lacquer countertops bring an extra sparkle to the space.

High-End Design

The high-end appliances in this kitchen make it any cook's dream. The blue under-cabinet lighting allows the tile backsplash to shine, and the neutral tones in the kitchen create a striking contrast against the dark-toned cabinets. Design by Vanessa DeLeon

Eco-Friendly Chic

An eco-friendly kitchen design is a new and innovative way to cook. Designer Lori Dennis chose recycled countertops with silver flecks for some sparkle and the bamboo shades, cabinets and flooring and sleek hardware bring a modern touch to the space.

Modern Accents

The vertical lines in the bamboo cabinets give the appearance of a spacious kitchen. White accents and stainless steel stools are a nod to modern design. Design by Ken Kelly

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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