Replacing the Cabinetry in This Kitchen Only Cost $500

You’ll be surprised—and inspired!—by some of the cost-cutting ideas that went into the renovation of this kitchen in a mid-1800s Victorian home located in Kingston, New York. Principal designer Maryline Damour of design and build firm Damour Drake undertook the project from concept to completion with the goal of transforming the space utilizing a careful mix of high/low budget materials. The result offers so many examples of how to use a renovation budget wisely.

AFTER: Maryline achieved her vision of a “rustic, glam, Victorian” kitchen by integrating a mix of high/low materials. Opting to refurbish used cabinets purchased for $500 and construct inexpensive countertops left room in the budget for splurging on the wood-paneled wall treatment, and the eye catching light fixture.

In terms of design, “the goal was an updated Victorian style kitchen,” Maryline explains. She wanted the kitchen to reflect modern aesthetics while referencing the architectural details of the era in which the home was built. In other words, Victorian but make it current.

After gutting the kitchen and reworking the floor plan to be more functional, Maryline sourced used cabinets from Big Reuse, rather than buying all new pieces. Another major save was the quartz countertops dupe constructed with $150 worth of materials from Home Depot. “Everyone thinks they’re Caesarstone,” Maryline says. Instead, they’re made from plywood painted bright white and coated in a thick layer of self-leveling epoxy resin poured on top.

BEFORE: “It was a mess,” Maryline says, of the crowded kitchen layout before, “practically everything had been crammed onto one wall of the kitchen.”

AFTER: The box-pleated sink skirt “is one of my favorite things,” Maryline says. “I was trying to reimagine what people would expect to see in a Victorian kitchen, so I used a very feminine floral fabric but then added box-pleats—instead of being flouncy, it looks very tailored.” The leather-wrapped cabinet door pulls add a hint of rustic warmth to the kitchen.

The warm gray and mauve color palette is a nod to the pink and purple paint colors typical in Victorian homes. I wanted to “dirty the palette up a bit, making it less sweet, and more sophisticated,” she says. Another traditional Victorian design detail, the kitchen sink apron, was embraced but reimagined, with tailored box pleats for a crisp look.

BEFORE: Replacing the 1960s cabinetry with a set of base cabinets sourced from Big Reuse for $500 enabled Maryline to devote more of her budget to high-end touches like the custom Shiplap wall treatment.

AFTER: The epoxy-coated countertops were made from $150 worth of hardware store materials (finished birch plywood with a routed edge, paint, and self-leveling epoxy). What’s more, they were surprisingly fool-proof to construct, and “they’ve held up really well to use, without any staining,” Maryline says.

AFTER: Incorporating accessories like a table lamp and mirrors in the kitchen decor make the space feel less utilitarian and more intimate. The cabinet and wall paint color is Sherwin-Williams Proper Gray and the

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5 Tips to Buy High-Quality Kitchen Cabinetry

Nowadays, purchasing the right type of cabinets is an important decision since there are various wood species, tons of door styles and scores of color combinations. So, it’s important that you do your homework prior to purchasing your desired kitchen cabinets. As a matter of fact, you can buy quality cabinets at various price tags. Given below are 5 tips that can help you purchase quality kitchen cabinetry. Read on to know more.

Follow the pros

According to experts, if you want to remodel your kitchen with success, you may want to hire an experienced team. Moreover, if you look for a good designer, cabinet installer or contractor, you will be more likely to get the right product at your desired price. On the other hand, a poor installer can ruin a great quality product. Therefore, working with a poor professional is not a good idea.

Finish first

When buying stained cabinets, make sure you take a closer look at the finish. If the finish is cloudy, rest assured that the quality is poor. For painted cabinets, don’t forget to ask about the paint brand and the process. You should find the number of paint coats that will be applied for a good finish. Find out how they are going to treat the seams. This is one of the most important tips to keep in mind when making this purchase.

Insides matter

Aside from this, you may also want to rub your hand along the internal edge of the frame of the cabinet. Just make sure you do it with care as cabinets that are poorly designed have sharp edges. If you don’t be careful enough, you may have many splinters. As a matter of fact, the inside of the cabinetry should not feel smoother than the front side. However, it should not be raw or rough either. Another important thing to keep in mind is that the shelves should also be checked properly. Actually, you want a product with strong inside.

Move it

If you think that some parts of your cabinets are failing, chances are that it will be the hardware. So, when you are going to make your purchase decision, don’t forget to examine hinges, drawer guides and other parts. Ideally, you should look for high-quality brand-name hardware and lifetime guarantees. Moreover, if something fails, make sure you get a replacement.

Check joints

You may want to prefer drawers made with quality dovetail construction. However, other techniques are also applied in high quality cabinets. Aside from this, you may also want to check the joints by pulling some drawers out of the cabinets and turning them upside down. Moreover, if the bottom is stapled or pinned, chances are that the draw is going to fail. Actually, well-made drawers feature solid-wood sides as well as a plywood bottom.

So, these 5 tips can help you buy the best cabinets. Just make sure you do your homework prior to leaving for the market. You don’t want to go there …

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