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Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets: Your Blank Canvas

by Roger Diez
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Although refacing your kitchen cabinets may be your first choice for a kitchen remodel, sometimes you need to add storage or replace a cabinet that is damaged. If that is the case, consider unfinished kitchen cabinets.

They can be like a blank artist's canvas where you can apply your own style and personality. Unfinished kitchen cabinets are also considerably less expensive than finished ones, which can help stretch your kitchen remodeling budget.

Unfinished Kitchen Cabinet Costs

Although unfinished kitchen cabinets can save you money, there are considerable price variations based on materials, construction, and size. Obviously the larger the cabinet, the more it costs. Solid wood cabinets are more expensive than those made of particle board, and hardwoods such as oak, cherry, and maple cost more than softwoods like pine.

For example, unfinished kitchen cabinets (wall units) that are 24 inches wide by 30 inches high by 12 inches deep, and constructed of oak, typically run between $100 and $150. Base oak cabinets run from around $150 to over $300 depending on size. More elaborate designs add significantly to the price. Accessories such as silverware dividers, spice racks, wine racks, plate racks, stem glass holders, and crown molding also add to the cost.

Glass doors, for instance, command a premium of 10 to 20 percent over a solid wood door. You should also figure in the cost of materials (paint, stain, varnish) to finish your unfinished kitchen cabinets, as well as labor if you don't do it yourself.



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