Recycled Kitchen Cabinets

Get all the info you need on recycled kitchen cabinets, and add a touch of environmentally friendly style to your kitchen design.

Country Style Kitchen with Recycled Cabinets

Country Style Kitchen with Recycled Cabinets

This country style kitchen features mixed recycled cabinets in different styles and colors, creating a unique and cozy feel. A bright colored floor and striped rug add cheerful and colorful touch.

Photo by: Brian Brown

Brian Brown

By: Sean McEvoy

If you'd like to keep Mother Nature in mind during your kitchen's construction, you may want to consider looking into recycled kitchen cabinets. Often, when homeowners install a new set of cabinets in a home they've purchased, the previous set of cabinets is sold to a salvage or antiques store, or any number of reuse organizations that specialize in reclaimed construction elements.

A Kitchen With Recycled Design

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Hidden Potential

When Gayle Christopher bought her Leeds, Alabama, home, she had a sneaking suspicion that there was a stunning space lurking somewhere within her homely kitchen.

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Figuring out how to release the kitchen's hidden beauty was another story. "The space was trapped in the ’70s with fake butcher-block plastic, dark wood, and years of accumulated schmutz," says Gayle.

A Fresh New Face

With a little imagination and a lot of elbow grease, Gayle turned her dreary 1970s kitchen into a bright, inviting space. From painting the cabinetry to installing floors and fixtures, she handled every bit of the labor herself.

Black and White Design

Recycled-paper countertops and a simple tile backsplash anchor the classic palette, and are among the many green materials Gayle selected for the kitchen.

Open Range

A new range and hood replaced the tired model that was in place when Gayle bought her home. The white and black appliance works in harmony with the surrounding color palette.

Frugal Framing

Gayle crafted cabinet doorframes out of ordinary garden stakes from a home-improvement center, a solution right in line with her tight budget.

Open Shelving

Gayle left the doors off the uppermost kitchen cabinets, which helps to expand the space visually and gives her a spot to display dishware and cookbooks.

Inviting Accents

Gayle chose cup-style cabinet pulls to lend a hint of vintage appeal.

A Bright Breakfast Nook

Gayle and her dog Cooper relax in the breakfast area, which got a facelift along with the kitchen. She replaced the eroded flooring and added white paint to brighten up the space. Simple honeycomb-style blinds allow ample sunlight to filter in.

There are a number of ways to find recycled kitchen cabinets. First, salvage stores are a good place to start—particularly if you're looking for an antique or more historically significant style. These stores can be expensive, but they may be most likely to feature a range of truly unique recycled cabinet styles to choose from.

Next, materials exchanges are a good option. They allow business, non-profits and individuals to trade, sell and buy surplus or used products. Online, you might try eBay for example, but there are many other options to explore as well.

Finally, reuse stores work similarly to exchanges. Some may have restrictions based on household income, and others may only sell to non-profits, but still others will allow anyone to purchase, and donate profits to organizations that support affordable housing.

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