How to Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets

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Introduction: How to Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets

About: Around here you'll find we love to: refinish old furniture, re-purpose old pieces, build it from scratch and continue bettering our home one step at a time!

The kitchen cabinets turned into my own little project, it was something I was equally stressed and terrified about and, don’t get me wrong, they are NOT perfect, but I’m very happy with them.

The main cabinet boxes themselves I built out of 2x4s and 3 inch long screws, they would not be going anywhere. I ended up with a enormous amount of 1×4 scrap leftover from my floor and trim so I used the scrap to cover the bottom of all of the cabinets and build all of the shelves. (Of course normally I would have just used plywood!)
I covered all of the 2x4s in 1x4s and/or bead board and moved on to paint!

Everyone questioned my choice to build my kitchen cabinets. I would normally have leaned to buying something used but I already knew that trying to make something premade work here would probably be far more work than just building the cabinets. On top of all of that, I had my heart set on using three old windows for cabinet doors.

Step 1: Frame Out the Cabinet Boxes Out of 2x4s

I started all of my upper cabinets one board at a time screwed into the ceiling and then I worked down (or out) from there. It was VERY simple. I just built the frame as I went, used long screws, always made sure I was in studs or ceiling rafters and leveled ever single boards.

Like with the majority of the house I did it alone so there was no "building the cabinet" and then putting it up on the wall. Like with everything if I could figure out a way to do it alone (which I had little choice in the matter) that's how I did it. I am SO proud that I built my entire kitchen by myself! A perk of this though meant I didn't actually build cabinet boxes and saved myself a TON of material. Where there was already a wall I didn't see the need to add more wood to it lol

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    17 Comments

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    PaulTasker
    PaulTasker

    Question 1 year ago on Step 1

    Hello there, loved your kitchen. I'm a TV producer looking for a kitchen that has been made by hand and at a competitive price. Would you be interested in talking to me? My name is Paul and my work email is pault@outlineproductions.co.uk

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    vladivastok
    vladivastok

    6 years ago

    "GREAT JOB." "LOVE TO GIVE THAT A TRY SOMETIME, & MAYBE PUT A NEW SPIN ON IT." "WILL GET BACK IF I DO & GET SOME FEED BACK". THANK'S - [VLAD]

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    johng652
    johng652

    5 years ago

    Great job! I too am looking at putting in new cabinetry. Wanna come help? Or maybe we in the instructable community could provide a haven for husbands banned from their wives projects.

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    GrandmasHouseDIY
    GrandmasHouseDIY

    Reply 5 years ago

    lol! That all sounds great! Thank you!

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    DrewM1
    DrewM1

    6 years ago

    Awesome!

    I love the simplicity....Even the framing is a great base to add your own unique ideas to.

    Thanks!

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    ClenseYourPallet
    ClenseYourPallet

    6 years ago

    Building your own cabinets is a big deal. Yours turned out very nice! With a little bravery you can accomplish big things

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    GrandmasHouseDIY
    GrandmasHouseDIY

    Reply 6 years ago

    You're so right! :) thank you!

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    hank3fan
    hank3fan

    6 years ago

    looks very nice!

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    Dwargh
    Dwargh

    6 years ago

    Simply great! I think I'm gonna do it, too! :)

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    DougM13
    DougM13

    6 years ago

    Way to go! Does the job.

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    RicksWorks
    RicksWorks

    6 years ago

    Very nice!