Save money by building your own kitchen cabinets! If you like home improvement projects, building your dream kitchen is easy. With the right tools and plans, you'll showcase carpentry talents you didn't know you had!
Measure your kitchen. Create a scale drawing that includes the cabinets you want to build. Use cabinet building plans you can find online, in books or at home improvement stores.
Visit your local lumber supplier that sells cabinetry. Examine how various types of finished wood look and note the price. What kind looks best to you? If you're planning on painting or glazing cabinets to fit your kitchen, you can choose less expensive wood. Pick one that will enhance the color and finish you want. See the tips for this section to find wood grain descriptions.
Once you've selected your wood, give your measurements to a lumber store employee. He or she will help estimate your total cost.
Create a final draft of kitchen dimensions and cabinet measurements. Make sure you arrange your cabinets perfectly. Rearrange to use all available space.
Make a list of necessary supplies, including the exact dimensions of the wood pieces you need. Purchase your supplies from a home improvement or lumber supply store.
Build your cabinets according to step-by-step plans of your choice.
Stain or paint your finished cabinets according to product label instructions.