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Useful Information About Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets

Ashwini Kulkarni Sule Dec 12, 2018
Unfinished kitchen cabinets allow you to match your kitchen cabinets with the rest of the decor. However, there are certain pros and cons to be considered.
Unfinished furniture pieces are like those little dinosaur figurines we used to play with as kids. We used to assemble the bones and paint them to get a perfect dinosaur. You can follow the same analogy here; except that you are not a kid anymore, and a messed-up assembling or painting job can cost you more than a miniature dinosaur.
In spite of all the risks involved in unfinished furniture, it is becoming increasingly popular. There is a particularly high demand for unfinished kitchen cabinets. The reason is that they allow you a large scope of customizing your kitchen cabinets as per the other décor in your kitchen.

Why Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets?

There is a limited variety in terms of colors, design, and pattern in pre-finished kitchen cabinets. Thus, if you have a particular design or color in mind, it may become extremely difficult to find one that meets your expectations.
However, with unfinished kitchen cabinets, you can play with colors and designs and create the kitchen cabinets of your dreams. Since these cabinets come without stain and varnish, it becomes very easy to stain them yourself, so as to match them with other furniture in your kitchen.
Another big advantage of unfinished kitchen cabinets is that they are cheaper than the pre-finished kitchen cabinets. They lure many home owners, as they can use the saved money for other kitchen improvement projects. Even the supplies for finishing the kitchen cabinets come at very cheap rates.

What Can Go Wrong?

Wood Alignment

Finishing unfinished kitchen cabinets requires a fair amount of expertise in woodwork and skill at painting and staining. Often, dealers receive a return of unfinished furniture, simply because the owners couldn't get the right shade of stain or misjudged the alignment of doors, or in simple words, messed up the job!


Painting unfinished kitchen cabinets is a tedious task, which may stretch over a couple of days. The shade of paint should be selected considering the color of rest of kitchen décor.
If you want a lighter shade, you will have to be very careful with the stain. Most people goof up at this very step. People apply too much of stain on certain area and too less on other. In there attempt to even out the stain, they wipe it out to cover their blunder. The end result is a murky dark shade, far from the nice light one they desired.


The assembling and mounting of the unfinished kitchen cabinets is also a daunting task. Before ordering the material, it is imperative to take accurate measurements. Double check your measurements if required. Also, make arrangements to provide an access to utility lines in your plan of kitchen cabinets. 
Assembling and attaching the unfinished kitchen cabinet doors is also a complicated task, which needs pin-point precision and judgment. 
The same precision is needed while mounting the cabinets. Misalignment can lead to uneven mounting of cabinet, which can be easily noticed. Similarly, various components of cabinets, such as screws, joints, and ankles should be assembled properly.
Thus, unfinished kitchen cabinets are definitely not for everyone. However, if you have the required skill or expertise, you can surely go ahead with them. There are innumerable online stores that supply material for unfinished kitchen cabinets. You can order them by providing correct measurements of your kitchen cabinets.