15K for cabinets?? Where the hell did you go??
I painted knotty-pine kitchen cabinetry in my old house. I hand-stripped
years of urethane, sanded, prepped, primed, and painted inside and out with
Benjamin Moore Super White in gloss finish. New handles all around, too.
It took upwards of 3 coats to cover some of the darker knots. Over time,
the paint chipped and scratched pretty easily. After all was said and
done, I felt I should have replaced the cabinets..
Fast-forward to a different house with an original (22-year old) kitchen.
This time, I gutted it and went with white melamine lowers and uppers with a
plain-old formica countertop. The total for the cabinets AND the countertop
was less than $4,000 (delivered), and it took me about 8 hours to install an
L-shaped kitchen. I'm not trying to thump my chest here... if you can
hang a picture, you can install cabinets. The melamine looks great, cleans
easily, and wears very well. Nicks and chips are easy to touch up with a
wax-like pen available just about anywhere. I got the cabinets from a
wholesaler who deals with the public (Kitchen Warehouse). They sent a guy
out to check my measurements before placing the order. Do yourself a favor
and reconsider replacing yours. You will benefit from modern hardware
(hinges, drawer tracks, etc) as well as the advantages of designing in
features to suit your needs. In my case, I ordered cabinets 42" high and
removed the useless soffit box. This gave me extra room inside and on top,
plus the ability to raise the wall cabinets an extra couple of inches over
the standard countertop height to allow for a more open workspace
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