Bargain: Basement Cabinets! is not the same as “Bargain Basement” Cabinets …
Ever had one of those 6 weeks projects that you’re almost half way through 8 weeks later? Yeah, same here! This weekend I’m hoping to start painting our new basement cabinets. How about a quick look?
The plan is for a one wall kitchenette, as we are only allowed 2 appliances per city code. Let me add, as frustrating and ridiculous as building codes can be, we’ve appreciated the helpfulness of each inspector we’ve worked with in this process. Even when we didn’t pass the inspection the first time.
The last two cities we’ve lived in had some sort of discount building supply warehouse. They’re not always easy to find, but if you ask around you’ll learn all sorts of money saving secrets. In Lexington we have the Restore for used cabinets and entire kitchens, but we also have a place called Salvage Building Materials of Lexington.
Purchase, Return, Purchase …
We started by purchasing 4 unstained cabinets, 3 for the kitchenette and 1 for the bathroom. We brought them home, unloaded them, and decided we wanted a little higher quality.
So we loaded them back up and headed back to the store. I’m not the only one that does this, right?
We headed back to our local building salvage store but this time, we headed to the aisle they refer to as their “graveyard”.
The big difference? The plan was changed to painted instead of stained cabinets, which meant it didn’t matter one bit what color the cabinets were. We selected 4 cabinets ranging from $25 – $100 each! $200 later, the cabinets were loaded and I was on my way home.
Our Kitchenette Plan
The kitchenette cabinets include two 18″ drawer bases and a 30″ sink base and bathroom vanity.
Here’s what we “gave up” in these cabinets …
- identical door fronts on all the cabinets
- slightly narrower cabinets than we originally wanted
- a missing door on one of the kitchen cabinets
Here’s why it was worth it …
- The adventure of painted cabinets instead of the same cherry stained maple cabinets in our kitchen. Isn’t it always fun to do something a little more creative than the off-the-shelf options?
- Higher quality cabinets
- Soft close drawers, because we’re all about the hoity and the toity …
- The $600 we saved is going into another AWESOME feature in the basement that we’re super excited about! More about that in another post.
Soon there will be a post about the painting process. And a little about the counter tops, and faucets, and fixtures ….
So, how about you? Do you have any discounted building supply sources in your area? I do hope so! Do you prefer stained or painted cabinets? If you were painting cabinets, what color would you use?