If you feel that your kitchen needs a makeover that starts with the cabinets, but you do not want to spend a small fortune to purchase new ones; you do have options. You can build your own kitchen cabinets and design it the way that you want for it to be. All it takes is a little creative thinking and a tiny bit of knowledge. The rest is simple enough that you can work out a project with your entire family helping you, because the tools can do most of the hard work. Would you like to live in a home that was redecorated by you and your family using only kitchen cabinets that were designed and built by you?
When you design your own, you make them slightly higher or lower than standard cabinets. This makes DIY makeover even more worth it for some families, because not every family is one size fits all. The standard height of a kitchen counter is 36”. If your family is a little on the short side, you could create cabinets that are shorter to accommodate you. A family that is taller may want cabinets that are taller. Special order cabinets could cost you a lot more money if you were to purchase them, so DIY is definitely best.
The first step is the designing phase that is a little tricky, but possible. You have to kind of imagine the way you want your kitchen to look when it is completed. You will want to decide on the perfect height, taking into consideration the type of countertop you want and how thick it may be. You then have to measure everything out on plywood. Most likely it will be a combination of a couple types of wood, depending on how decorative you make it. You should also consider cabinet door knobs, purchase the rollers for a drawer, catches for the doors, and other supplies that may be necessary. This includes nails, screws, wood glue, and countertops.
From there it will be time to cut all of your materials. It is important that all cabinets are the same height. You can play around with the width a little if you want to. Once all of your cuts are made, it will be time to put it all together. There are some people who prefer to use screws and wood glue, but you can use whatever you feel most comfortable with. The fun part comes when your entire family can paint everything and put it all in your kitchen. Although older children may be able to also help with the assembly. Regardless, you will end up with cabinets that your family created together.