If you've been reading for awhile, you'll know that we've been looking for a set of used kitchen cabinets to use in our kitchen renovation for quite some time. Twice we thought we'd found some, but both times they ended up being sold to someone else. You'd be suprised how many people out there are looking for second hand cabinets. It's wonderful that so many of them are being reused instead of going to the dump, but it can be frustrating when you find yourself being outbid repeatedly. The ones that we ended up buying were initially listed as being free, but there was so much interest in them that a bidding war broke out. We were happy to pay for them though - we ended up getting a great kitchen for $250 dollars instead of $5000 or more.
The best thing is, the layout is exactly what we were planning to do, and it's is even exactly the right size. Monica, you don't know how right you were when you said that the other ones didn't work out because something better was coming along!
The cabinets are solid oak with panelled doors. A little dated perhaps, but we're going to sand them, paint them white, and change the hardware. We did that to similar cabinets in our old apartment and the transformation was amazing.
I'm thrilled that we've been able to stick to the Compact guidelines for a major part of this renovation. It was starting to look like it might be too much to expect, finding good, used cabinets that would fit into our small space.
It's going to be a lot of work (there's a wall to remove in the process), but I can't wait!