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Where to find deals for high quality Vanity and Kitchen Cabinets?

tijj 19 10 April 23, 2016 at 06:54 PM
I am a new home owner and I am very confused with where to buy a good quality single sink vanity (budget $600) and a place to get decent kitchen cabinets (budget NOT including installation - $5000 max).
Planning to get the granite countertop done by lowes or home depot because its too heavy for DIY myself.

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Well, if you want to save money and get decent quality cabinets check out Lilly Ann Cabinets.
http://www.lilyanncabinets.com/

These are RTA (ready to assemble) cabinets that aren't too difficult to put together. There are several videos available.
Found these cabinets to be less than 1/2 price of the big box stores with NO particle board.

And as to the granite countertops, check out local vendors. The company I used is (www.marble.com) which was 35-40% cheaper than the big box stores.
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Thank you.
What about bathroom vanity? Thanks for your help !
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Thank you.
What about bathroom vanity? Thanks for your help !
Lilly Ann carries them too.

Make sure if you decide to order from them, to place the order all at once.
Not sure of what their pricing level is, but if you order enough you'll get free shipping.
And that's important cause cabinets aren't light.
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Find Granite dealers in your area.
Much cheaper than lowes/HD
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Lilly Ann carries them too.

Make sure if you decide to order from them, to place the order all at once.
Not sure of what their pricing level is, but if you order enough you'll get free shipping.
And that's important cause cabinets aren't light.
Thanks - It looks good on their website. I am worried about the quality because returning may not be possible or will be a big hassle. Do you have experience with the quality of their products compared to stuff at home depot and lowes such as kraftmaid? I want good prices but quality products even if I pay a but more.

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Thanks - It looks good on their website. I am worried about the quality because returning may not be possible or will be a big hassle. Do you have experience with the quality of their products compared to stuff at home depot and lowes such as kraftmaid? I want good prices but quality products even if I pay a but more.

Thanks
Lilyann sells the same cheap Chinese cabinets you can find at local bargain cabinet dealers. I wouldnt buy them, but if you want them buy locally so at least its easier if you have any problems.

Is there an IKEA close to you? Their cabinets are actually very high quality and not that expensive. Its really worth looking in to.
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Lilyann sells the same cheap Chinese cabinets you can find at local bargain cabinet dealers. I wouldnt buy them, but if you want them buy locally so at least its easier if you have any problems.

Is there an IKEA close to you? Their cabinets are actually very high quality and not that expensive. Its really worth looking in to.
Thanks - I was thinking lillyann was made locally in MI, US... My bad.

The nearest IKEA is 4 hours away. Im in Cleveland OH.

I am really very confused. My first home and I am new to renovating. I just dont want to pay for custom quality cabinets and get cheap cabinets. Probably HD and Lowes is not a good idea I think I agree with you and probably best to visit some local lumber and cabinet dealers.

Thanks again !
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Thanks - I was thinking lillyann was made locally in MI, US... My bad.

The nearest IKEA is 4 hours away. Im in Cleveland OH.

I am really very confused. My first home and I am new to renovating. I just dont want to pay for custom quality cabinets and get cheap cabinets. Probably HD and Lowes is not a good idea I think I agree with you and probably best to visit some local lumber and cabinet dealers.

Thanks again !
Do you really think IKEA is made in the USA?
Are the cabinets all plywood or particle board crap?

LillyAnn has stores check to see if there are any in your area. (Toledo, Ohio)
https://www.google.com/maps/place...d759b1421d
(BTW 5 friends/family members after seeing my kitchen have bought from Lilly Ann)

Good luck and do your homework!
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The nearest IKEA is 4 hours away. I'm in Cleveland OH.

I am really very confused. My first home and I am new to renovating. I just don't want to pay for custom quality cabinets and get cheap cabinets. Probably HD and Lowes is not a good idea I think I agree with you and probably best to visit some local lumber and cabinet dealers.
Nobody would want to pay for high end cabinets and get 'cheap' cabinets...but go to the various stores (HD, Lowes, local lumberyards etc) and price things out - look and touch the products. What's "nice" to one person, won't be that great to another - it really just depends on personal preference, your expectations etc Ask friends, family, neighbors where they've purchased cabinets, granite etc and get recommendations.

Where in Cleveland are you? The nearest Ikea is in Pittsburgh and that's only 1.5-2 hrs away depending on where you are. Ikea has a range of products - from very inexpensive, to decent quality wood products. Again, it just depends on what you're looking for, what price range etc Look at their online catalog.

Depends on how much granite you need...but try local granite places - a good one to try is Korkan Granite in Kent. Who knows? HD or Lowes might have what you're looking for...
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Do you really think IKEA is made in the USA?
Are the cabinets all plywood or particle board crap?

LillyAnn has stores check to see if there are any in your area. (Toledo, Ohio)
https://www.google.com/maps/place...d759b1421d
(BTW 5 friends/family members after seeing my kitchen have bought from Lilly Ann)

Good luck and do your homework!
IKEA boxes are made in the USA using high-density particleboard and covered in melamine. Its the best all-around material for cabinets. A good melamine is far better than crap plywood.

IKEA slides and drawers are made in Austria. Top-notch in all ways. They come standard while most expensive cabinets have them as upgrades.

IKEA doors are made in the US or Europe.

They are also covered by a 25 year warranty, and they've been in business for a while.
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Thanks - I was thinking lillyann was made locally in MI, US... My bad.

The nearest IKEA is 4 hours away. Im in Cleveland OH.

I am really very confused. My first home and I am new to renovating. I just dont want to pay for custom quality cabinets and get cheap cabinets. Probably HD and Lowes is not a good idea I think I agree with you and probably best to visit some local lumber and cabinet dealers.

Thanks again !
Nope, Chinese. Just look at their assembly instructions, just about any RTA with dovetails or brackets is Chinese. The instructions are also lacking and on the horrible side.

IKEA is made in USA and Europe and comes with a 25 year warranty. Worth paying them a visit if you can. You can also plan it online using their Kitchen Planner and have it delivered, delivery isnt that expensive.

I would take some measurements and figure out a layout, then go around to multiple cabinet shops or stores and get some quotes. Even if you dont order from them, you can still use IKEA's kitchen planner for free to help create a design and then order elsewhere.

Here is a good forum to ask for kitchen advice: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/kitchbath/dls=1 Feel free to post there, they have tons of good advice.

Recent thread on Reddit about IKEA cabinets: https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImpr...with_ikea/
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"IKEA boxes are made in the USA using high-density particleboard and covered in melamine. Its the best all-around material for cabinets. A good melamine is far better than crap plywood." -MISNAH

Couldn't disagree more . . . I've see never see plywood fall apart like the particle board crap. And there is less out gassing with plywood then particle board So sawdust and glue is better than veneers of wood with glue?

Melamine compare to furniture grade finished plywood? Seriously?

Like I said op has to do his homework and decide.
Now I will agree that I would pick Ikea over any of the big box stores. But I would never pick melamine particle board over plywood, no matter how "good" the quality is
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Realistically, it doesn't matter what the carcass of the cabinet is made out of accept for cabinets that will house a sink. Plywood is more money for really no gain at all. Usually when you order cabinets you specify all particle board accept the sink bases. Yes, plywood is "better" but again, it doesn't really matter as you will never see them and they get very little wear at all accept for sink bases which could get wet.

Get real wood fronts with partial or full wood overlay (full being the most expensive). Look for drawer fronts that are separate from the drawer box. Most Kraftmaid is built in this manor. Dovetail drawers are a visual detail and not needed for drawer strength. However, better cabinets typically have this detail.

Kraftmaid is a very solid brand as is Thomasville. I have done several kitchens and have always ordered and installed Kraftmaid. There is a large price variation with them and you will find something you like in all levels.
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We used the Home Decorators collection from Home Depot online. Nice quality and reasonably priced.
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