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21 DIY Kitchen Cabinets Ideas & Plans That Are Easy & Cheap to Build

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Are you remodeling your kitchen? Or have you ever remodeled a kitchen?

Then you probably know how expensive store purchased cabinets can be.

Well, we recently remodeled our kitchen and cut a lot of cost by building our own kitchen cabinets.

So I thought anyone remodeling a kitchen would appreciate an article that highlighted all of the DIY kitchen cabinet options. It might seem like a large project to take on.

However, the money saved (in my opinion) is well worth the time and effort exerted into making your own cabinets.

Also, it is great to have exactly what you want in your kitchen.

So without further ado, here they are:

1. Cabinet Beginnings

If you are a visual person, then this might not be your dream tutorial for DIY cabinets. But if you are someone that can look at plans and visualize it, then you might want to give these plans a quick glance.

However, this tutorial does appear to be rather thorough and also provides ample of pictures to help walk you through the build.

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2. The Chicken Wire Cabinet Doors

This isn’t exactly a tutorial but it does show lots of great pictures of an absolutely gorgeous kitchen. But what did stick out to me are the chicken wire cabinet doors.

So looking at one picture of this should help most people get an idea of how they could duplicate the look in their own kitchen.

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3. Kitchen Base Cabinets

I love Ana White. She provides amazing tutorials and this one is no different. It is for a base cabinet and is pretty easy to get idea of what you are building and how to do so.

So if you are an experienced builder or just someone that considers themselves a visual person, then these plans and tutorial could potentially be beneficial for you.

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4. Wall Kitchen Corner Cabinet

If you are building a kitchen that has any type of corner to it, then you are most likely going to need a corner kitchen cabinet.

Well, look no further than Ana White’s plans for a corner kitchen cabinet. She provides easy-to-read plans and a great tutorial with a picture of what you are trying to build.

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5. Upcycled Barn-Wood Cabinet

This tutorial is very interesting. The author dumpster dived for cabinets. Then found some old barn wood and upcycled these cabinets.

So she ended up creating virtually free cabinets that have a great rustic appeal. This is meant to inspire you to make some great cabinets for virtually no money.

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6. 7 Tips for Custom Cabinets

This tutorial gives some great pointers on building your own custom cabinets. So if you don’t want to pay for store bought cabinets.

However, you also want cabinets that will work exactly as you need them to in order for your kitchen to function as needed, then consider these tips to help you achieve those goals.

Tips for building cabinets.

7. Building Cabinets to the Ceiling

Perhaps you have solid kitchen cabinets, but you want them to go up to the ceiling. Well, don’t throw out those perfectly good cabinets to buy the kind that go to the ceiling.

Instead, follow this tutorial so you can transform what you have into what you need/want for a lot less money than purchasing new cabinets.

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8. The Complete Cabinet Making Guide

This is another guide to help you get started in building your custom cabinets. They cover virtually everything you will need to consider when building cabinets.

So if you are new to the idea of building you own kitchen cabinets, then you might want to take a glance at this guide.

Tips for building cabinets.

9. How One Person Built All of Their Kitchen Cabinets

This tutorial/testimonial is a great resource if you are considering building your own kitchen cabinets. This woman literally built all of her own kitchen cabinets.

Not to mention, she provides awesome pictures that could potentially inspire your kitchen cabinet build. I love reading stories like this because if they can do it, it makes me feel like I can too!

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10. My Own Kitchen Cabinets

As I mentioned earlier, we actually built our own kitchen cabinets. I chose to go with open shelving. This saved a lot of money on wood as I didn’t have to frame up every cabinet.

Plus, I didn’t have to waste wood for doors. I liked the way it looked like an old farm kitchen since I was able to add a set of curtains to cover under the sink. I love the rustic design in my kitchen, and I loved how we were able to remodel our whole kitchen for around $1,000.

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11. DIY Refrigerator Enclosure

When you build your own cabinets there are certain things that you might not consider, but a refrigerator enclosure is something that you might need to build.

So if you do need one, this tutorial should be helpful to you. There a great pictures and solid instructions too. I’m a visual person so those are two key components for me when I go to build something.

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12. Pallet Wood Kitchen Cabinets

If you are working on a budget, then you might want to consider building your kitchen cabinets out of pallets. I am a huge fan of pallets because of their versatility, and I love all of the awesome things you can build from them.

So if you are open to the idea of pallet cabinets, then check out this tutorial to see if it is something that would work for you. If you love the rustic look, then I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

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13. Plywood Upper Cabinets

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to build some upper kitchen cabinets, then you might want to consider these.

The reason is because they are constructed of plywood. Plywood is usually an inexpensive building material, and the cabinets are beautiful in my opinion. So if you are working on a tight budget, then you might want to consider this option because of the inexpensive materials that are used.

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14. Pull Out Cabinet Drawers

If you have cabinets that you can still make work for your kitchen, then by all means keep them and save yourself a lot of money.

However, you can still redo them to make them more functional. You can do this by adding inserts that are able to be pulled out. We had these in my house growing up, and they made life so much easier because then nothing could hide in your cabinets. This tutorial is said to be cost efficient and helpful as well.

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15. Pull Out Drawer Tutorial

This is another helpful tutorial by Ana White. Again, if you have solid kitchen cabinets that can be reworked with a little paint and some new knobs, then don’t take on the extra task of rebuilding your kitchen cabinets.

However, you could still give old cabinets new functionality by adding these pull out drawers. The pictures and the tutorial itself is a thorough guide to help you along in this build.

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16. Wall Kitchen Cabinet Plans

This is another tutorial by Ana White. It is to help you build your basic wall cabinets. She includes lots of instructions, pictures, and a shopping list.

So if you need wall cabinets, then follow along with her. She is very thorough and has tons of building experience so I’d say her instructions are a good option.

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17. 36” Sink Base Kitchen Cabinet

If you are reworking your kitchen cabinets, then you will need to know how to construct a sink base cabinet. The reason is because your kitchen sink has to have a place to sit.

So if you are in need of a sink base cabinet, then you might want to check out these plans. Again, they are by Ana White who seems pretty great at what she does. Hopefully these plans will make the task at hand a little easier.

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18. 42” Base Blind Corner Cabinet

This is the type of cabinet I have in the corner of my kitchen. It looks like the cabinets end without going into the corner.

However, instead one of the cabinets extend so you get that extra storage space in the corner. So if you like this look instead of building a corner cabinet, then you might want to consider these plans.

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19. Wall Corner Pie Cut Kitchen Cabinet

This cabinet would work great in a lot of corners. It is a type of cabinet that it works well to have a Lazy Susan in the corner.

So we actually had this type of cabinet in our first home. It was nice and easy to keep organized for the most part.

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20. 18” Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Base

You can never have enough drawers in your kitchen, in my opinion. If you are in need of a design to add a cabinet with more drawers in your kitchen, then you might want a design similar to this.

However, this is another Ana White tutorial. The pictures, plans, and tutorial are usually very thorough very her site. So you might want to take those points into consideration when checking out this design.

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21. Updated Dishwasher

If you are doing traditional style cabinets, then you might like this idea that disguises your dishwasher a little. I had never really considered disguising my dishwasher until recently. I bought a dishwasher magnet and am thrilled.

So this cabinet is another built in option that is a great way to keep your dishwasher (because that is a vital part to most kitchens)  without it ruining the flow of the kitchen. The design looks pretty simple as well.

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Well, there are 21 helpful DIY plans to help you build your kitchen cabinets and other kitchen cabinet items that will help you update your kitchen on a budget.

As mentioned, don’t be intimidated by such a large project. You’ll want to just take it one piece at a time.

However, if you don’t have a lot of carpentry experience, then you might want to enlist the help of a friend that does. It might make for a few less bumps in the road during the process.

But I want to hear your thoughts. Do you have any other DIY kitchen cabinet ideas that could help someone that is remodeling their kitchen on a budget? Have you built your kitchen cabinets? What was the process like for you? Would you mind sharing some pictures?

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