How to Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets

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About: There is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down! And there's no reason to buy new when you can build it yourself!

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.

Supplies:

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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    vladivastok

    3 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

    2 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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    DrewM1

    3 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

    3 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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    Dwargh

    3 years ago

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

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