Sunday, July 17, 2011

Salvaged Kitchen Cabinet Remodel

Here's what we did with the old kitchen cabinets 
that we got from my niece Chris's kitchen remodel.
Here's what we started with.
 We used the upper cabinets because they are
only 12 inches deep.
 We were lucky to have enough to fill the space
 under the bar counter. It's 9 feet 4 inches long.
 We removed the fabric liner.
 We removed the doors to paint.
They had chicken wire. How lucky was that? 
We have used chicken wire in the
 kitchen dish pantry (HERE).
Larry built a base to match the one under the cabinets in the kitchen. 
That left an odd space between the
cabinets and the counter.
I sketched out cubbies and Larry built three boxes.
We needed to finish the sides.
I wanted beadboard to match what we did on the 
kitchen island remodel (HERE).
Beadboard installed and wood trim added.
That led to adding the same beadboard/trim treatment
 to the end of the adjacent lower kitchen cabinet too.
The cubbies are in and everything gets another coat of Cloud White paint.
I couldn't wait and started to load one of the cabinets.
Larry said that he hasn't issued my 
certificate of occupancy yet!
Finally finished and loaded!
It's great to have more of my dishes close to the breakfast table.
I think I'll add fabric liners to the doors. 
Larry thought I could even change it with the
 seasons or for Christmas.
Whoa! He's been living with me too long!
You can see the chicken wire on the 
dish pantry in the kitchen.
I think the kitchen has gone to the chickens!
Here's the view to the breakfast area and
 out to the patio.
View from the breakfast table into the kitchen.
We thought we were done when I thought
 that the legs we had recently added to the
kitchen island (HERE
would look good under the cabinets. 
So Larry cut a few legs, painted and installed them. 
I think it grounds the cabinets and makes it look more like built-ins.
 Here's the space before the cabinets.
We rarely used the bar stools. 
We sold them on Craig's List.
It more than paid for the wood and paint we used
making this another no cost project we MAY'd!


We had another cabinet we repurposed for our van (HERE).


  1. Oh, Rita May, it is fabulous!! Look at all the new space for dishes, we always in great need! Congrats on this no spend new-look for your island! Awesome Rita, I love it! Lots of hugs, FABBY

  2. I love what you did with the cabinets! They look great:)

  3. This is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Your work is just beautiful! I love it, and the cubbies are just perfect! Isn't Larry funny suggesting you change the fabric for the seasons!

    Have a great week!


  4. You did great! I am going to send this to my daughter/blog partner because they could use your idea in their kitchen. I am an almost neighbor at Met Monday.

  5. Rita this is my fave project of yours yet!!!! It looks amazing!

  6. Such a wonderful idea! Looks great!

  7. What a great idea! I love the finished area.
    Dropping by from Met Monday


  8. I love this! What a cool idea and love your kitchen! I'm visiting from BNOTP!

  9. These cabinets look GREAT! What a fabulous storage area. I am so envious. Y'all did a fabulous job.

  10. Rita, I love your island addition. Great job!

  11. Hi Rita! Oh, this is marvelous! Your new cabinet looks wonderful and I just can't imagine how many dishes you could poke in there! Love the chicken wire. What a wonderful piece.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  12. Rita, you and your husband did a great job ... once again.

  13. Fabulous job! I love it! visiting from Met Mon.

  14. What a wonderful job. Love how it turned out. Looks great and so functional.

  15. Rita, what a great re purpose of the cabinets. Love the look and great extra space for more dishes! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Wow, you are giving Martha a run for her money. It looks like it has always been there. I have a beautiful home but with hardly any storage. You need to get out here and help me. Jeanie C.

  17. You re-used cabinets keeping them out of landfill, you fit them perfectly to your space and needs, and you made them pretty. Great job.

  18. OMG Rita they look bloody brilliant! I have a similar space which needs doing. I hate the breakfast bar we have. Like you, it is never used really and the stools just get in the way. I might must copy your great idea.

    Fantastic. love it!


  19. It turned out so well! I love chicken wire on cabinet doors.

  20. That is the CUTEST idea I have EVER seen! I LOVE it! I really like that you can see through the wiring so you can decorate with cute dishes. LOVE it! Found ya from Dittle Dattle, LOVE your blog! Have a great day!


  21. If your cabinets need to be refaced, then there’s probably a good chance that your counter tops have seen better days as well.

  22. that was wonderful, love your transition~

  23. Looks great ! the beadboard adds a nice touch.

  24. Rita, This project turned out beautiful and what a great job you both did. The cabinets look fabulous and I love the chicken wire in the doors. Such great extra storage. Thanks for joining my party this week.

  25. That turned out great and look at all that storage.

  26. Looks great!

  27. Those look awesome! Great job! They fit so well there and the boxes you added were brilliant it looks like it was built in there.


  28. Who would have ever thought these old salvaged cabinets could have looked so great? They look like they have been there forever. Great job!!!

  29. This is my kind of project -- great job. And keep Larry!

  30. What a great cabinet makeover. I'm putting your cabinets in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

  31. This is just an amazing idea. love that you repurposed them in such a unique way. The chicken wire doors, shelving, and the legs you added really make them adorable! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

  32. I adore this idea! I'm not a huge fan of breakfast bars anyway, and this is the perfect solution for converting them into something useful. I totally pinned this to save for inspiration later. Great idea!

  33. Wonderful job!! Such a great idea and they turned out fantastic!n Sharing this at the party tonight~Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  34. I love that look! Great job on the end result!

  35. What a great use of space! I love the cabinets, so convenient too..Christine

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  37. Wow! They look amazing! We have reused old cabinets as well, in our china closet and we're currently putting some in the office. It's a great way to gain storage and that custom look without the big bucks!

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