DIY Kitchen Cabinets

Dive into your options for DIY kitchen cabinets, and get ready to create the kitchen of your dreams from scratch.

DIY Kitchen Cabinets

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're more than a little handy and looking to give your kitchen a facelift or install a brand-new kitchen, you may want to explore do-it-yourself, or DIY, kitchen cabinets as an option.

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Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Red Kitchen Cabinets

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Green Kitchen Cabinets

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Orange and Gray Eclectic Kitchen


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Cherry Kitchen Cabinets

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Craftsman Style Cabinets

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Cottage Style Cabinets

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Midcentury Modern Cabinets


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European Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

Kitchen Wall Cabinets

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Modern Gray Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets

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Modern White Kitchen Cabinets


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Open Kitchen Cabinets

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Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

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Oak Kitchen Cabinets

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Mission Style Kitchen Cabinets

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New Kitchen Cabinets

Distressed Kitchen Cabinets

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Contemporary Kitchen Frosted Glass Cabinets

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Pine Kitchen Cabinets

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Rustic Kitchen Cabinets


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White Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

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New Kitchen Cabinet Doors

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Transitional Kitchen With Classic Wood Cabinets

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Old Kitchen Cabinets

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White Modern Kitchen with Small Cabinets

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White Kitchen Cabinets


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Wood Kitchen Cabinets

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Corner Kitchen Cabinets

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The primary benefit of choosing the DIY route for kitchen cabinets is economical. You'll pay a fraction of the cost for materials—and nothing for labor—if you choose to build and install your kitchen cabinets yourself.

Before you begin any DIY kitchen cabinet project, you'll want to thoroughly measure and map the space into which you're installing the cabinets. Create a diagram with measurements noted, so that you can reference the plan during the build and install phases.

The first requirement for DIY kitchen cabinets is carpentry skill. If you're starting from scratch, you can go as far as purchasing raw wood from which to cut doors, frames and interior rails and stiles. One way to save time on a DIY cabinet project is to settle on a cabinet style and wood or material, then purchase that style from a home improvement or furniture store, unfinished. You may pay slightly more than you would for raw materials, but unless you're a serious carpenter, the time and effort you'll save will be worth the added expense.

Assuming you've got your unfinished cabinet template, you'll want to decide on a finish for your cabinets. Stain and paint are the most popular finishes for wood cabinets, with a wide range of both available. You should stain or paint all cabinets before hanging, let them thoroughly dry, then hang them, paying special attention to the sturdiness of their connection to wall studs—cabinets need to bear tremendous weight, so you should ensure they're safely fastened.

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