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niceperson77 3,492 498 March 27, 2013 at 05:39 AM
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I'm looking for kitchen cabinets for a 8x8 kitchen. It is a small brick house in the country so I don't need anything fancy (right now it has 1970s builders grade cabinets that are in pretty bad shape). I see a lot of online cabinet sellers with cheap prices, but I'm not sure which ones are legit. What about Ikea? Should I possibly look at used cabinets on CL? I am remodeling the house and have a new stainless sink/faucet, tile floor and paint...the cabinets ruin it though.

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Ikea now has custom cabinets. You may be able to find something on sale there and do the install your sell. They are modular.
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Ikea now has custom cabinets. You may be able to find something on sale there and do the install your sell. They are modular.
IKEA is fairly expensive (more so that you'd think). Lowes/HD are also expensive for what you get.
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See if there's a Habitat for Humanity ReStore [habitat.org]near you. They have fantastic prices.

Also, post your question at BiggerPockets [biggerpockets.com]. It's a real estate investor's forum where you can get plenty of great advice.
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also look on cl for used cabinets sometimes they just need a coat of paint
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See if there's a Habitat for Humanity ReStore [habitat.org]near you. They have fantastic prices.

Also, post your question at BiggerPockets [biggerpockets.com]. It's a real estate investor's forum where you can get plenty of great advice.
thanks, there are 4 stores near me and Im gonna check them out today. ive been meaning to sign up at biggerpockets for while...they usually come up when i do google searches.
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what area are you in


the cabinets come from china made with real wood gets good reviews

$999 for 8 or 9 cabinets
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Check ebay for closeout kraftmaid cabinets. 8x8 is very common should do well with this route.
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what area are you in


the cabinets come from china made with real wood gets good reviews

$999 for 8 or 9 cabinets
do you know which companies sell them? it seems like their are a thousand online vendors selling chinese made cabinets.

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Check ebay for closeout kraftmaid cabinets. 8x8 is very common should do well with this route.
will do
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Home Depot and Lowes have on the shelf cheap cabinets with a very good warranty. Many RTA cabinets will have a hard time to beat their prices. That being said, read up on Gardenweb forums. There are cheaper cabinets out there and dont have to come from China.

Here is a good link about RTA cabinets
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/l...23968.html

Dont forget though, when you order RTA cabinets, they all come with different assembly methods. You may need to have a pneumatic stapler while some use cam locks. I hink you will have a hard time beating HD/Lowes off the shelf preassembled cabinets. They are very cheap.
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What's wrong with the existing cabinets?
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Bought Lilly Ann cabinets on two separate occasions. Pricing is hard to beat. Used PayPal. They also have a couple of stores. These are RTA cabinets that are far superior than any thing I've seen in the big box stores. Didn't need any tools but a drill, and screwdrivers. I used glue and a nail gun to fabricate/assemble mine. Bought these cause I couldn't build from scratch and come close to the price I paid. Good luck and triple check your measurements
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See if there's a Habitat for Humanity ReStore [habitat.org]near you. They have fantastic prices.

Also, post your question at BiggerPockets [biggerpockets.com]. It's a real estate investor's forum where you can get plenty of great advice.
I've heard the Habitat for Humanity is a great option. Thanks for the link. I want to see if we have one here. I want to make a headboard out of a door as a DIY project. Also thanks for the link to the REI forum. Never heard of it before. Will definitely investigate that. Smilie

I did two remodels this past year and neither was cheap. In one Florida condo (small kitchen) I used Lowe's custom cabinets. It turn out beautifully but I had some issues with the counter tops. I wanted to have Lowe's come out and measure for them. They actually use a contractor to do this. And then I was going to purchase from them as well. But my contractor had already included installation in our signed contract. So I didn't want that option with Lowe's. Their contractor refused to do the measurements (which was a separate fee that I had paid for) if I didn't let them install. With rentals, time is money, so I spent a few sleepless nights trying to figure out how to get a quick solution to my problem. Honestly, I dreamt of Ikea one night. laugh out loud The next day I drove there and found countertops for $150 that I took with me from the store that day. I couldn't believe it. They may not last forever but for $150 I can replace them 6 times in the next 12 years and still wouldn't have spent as much as I would have on the laminate. Freakin' amazing. My only concern was these countertops didn't have a backsplash. I thought it might look weird but it didn't. Most people don't even notice. We just had the contractor seal the back so no spills would leak down into the cabinet.

I also did a kitchen over with the cheapo "on the floor" cabinets in a rental property because I was looking for a quick and cheap fix for a house that was nearly destroyed by nasty, disgusting tenants. Those turned out well but what I didn't realize at the time was that those cabinets had a particle board bottom so they looked really cheap with the top cabinets were hung. I mean, you could see the particle board. Luckily for me I had a great contractor who added some plywood underneath and stained it to match so it wasn't so obvious. This was a little higher end home so I couldn't get away with it looking so cheap. For that house I used marble countertop tiles to lessen the cost. It ended up looking pretty good.

Lastly I bought one rental property that had a wood shelf over the stove! Fire hazard much?? laugh out loud The cabinets looked like Ikea. I wasn't physically in the area when I was trying to match and get the work done to this place so I was guessing a bit. We ended up with the right color but just a tad different cabinet front on the new over the stove cabinet with the microhood under it. It wasn't that expensive (just one cabinet though) but I could see where doing a whole kitchen may cost more. I will say my Florida contractor told me he does charge more for installing Ikea cabinets in a kitchen because they come completely disassembled.

1. First photo is Florida condo with custom Lowe's cabinets and the $150 counter tops from Ikea.
2. The second and third photos are the more higher end home with the (relatively speaking) cheaper cabinets from Lowe's and the marble tile counter tops. (As a sidenote: The flooring in the 2nd and 3rd pics is TILE! It's the new wood-look tile flooring that Lowe's and HD have. I am very happy with our decision to install it. I LOVE it!)
3. Can't find the photo for the Ikea one but I'll give you the site instead, It's not for rent so hopefully it won't be considered linking to make a profit. It's just for informational purposes. www.rentinsouthflorida.com In the scrolling photos on the front page you can see how the stove looked when we took out that shelf. Just a blank wall. When you go to the "kitchen" page you can see the new Ikea cabinet over the stove with the microhood.
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Just thought of two other things I would mention to anyone doing a remodel.

1. Costco. Costco has super prices on some items with better quality than Lowe's or Home Depot. We bought puck accent lighting, a kitchen faucet, bathroom lighting, garbage disposals, towel rack sets etc etc for much better deals than we saw at HD or Lowe's.

2. Check used appliance stores for kitchen appliances as well. You can get good deals there. One of the appliances below is from a used appliance store. Can you tell which??
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If those 1970s cabinets are made of plywood instead of chipboard, it might pay to just rip off their faces and put on new wood faces sold for knock-down cabinets. Chipboard and fiberboard are awful, especially if they get wet, and where we used to live, the chipboard bottoms had 1" - 2" curvatures in them from being wet. The house where we now live has cabinets made in the 1950s, but they were in great shape because they're solid wood.
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