Craigslist Kitchen Cabinets

So if you’re like me, when purchasing a home there is always one thing you wanted to immediately to change. (This probably came from watching too much HGTV… at least Greg likes to think so) However for us it was the kitchen. Kitchen’s are a big project, but as overly ambitious first time home buyers we were excited and ready. And lucky for us the original 1950’s kitchen had already been updated with new kitchenaid gallery stainless steel appliances <;2 years ago [thank you previous home owners]. Although now after living in it, it just screams the need for more functionality, casual entertaining space, and a complete remodel!

While we’re always interested in saving money by DIY, we still really wanted to add value to our home that we could take to the bank in the future. Has anyone seen the cheap, poorly done DIY/Flipped homes? You know the ones that immediately scream I did this myself to save money or I watched a lot of Flipped and think that makes me a pro with the jagged cuts and unfinished rooms. Or maybe you’re like us and have watched a ton of the HGTV shows that have a $50,000 remodel and sell their house for $100,000 more. What a Deal, Right? However I hate to break it to you but those shows are filmed in Toronto, Canada eh?and depending on where you are in the US this recouped cost typically never matches those figures.

In our research, Buffalo [where I live] any remodeling or construction expense typically only adds to the value of the home at the very most 50% of the cost spent with a contractor. (see here for US National Average and you can download your tailored report) AAhh Scary!! So with any major investment you only get <;50% of the return? YIKES!

Well, Ta-Da! Before we even closed on the house I stumbled across these babies on Craigslist. (Yes, they are my babies) Listed in a very nice suburb here, we visited and quickly learned we were not in Kansas anymore. The people who had these lived in a 4000+ sq ft house (Zillow cost around 1.5 million dollars), 3 car garage with their 2 high-end Mercedes cars. Needless to say Greg and I were overwhelmed and under dressed.

When you see the below cabinets, you’re going to think Ewww, dated kitchen. But just keep your mind open to imagination, it’s amazing what a little bit of good planing, and face lifting can do to homes. I’ll show you my look book later.

These cabinets are <;7 years old but look brand new. Pulled out by a contractor these were piled in their garage and ready to go [they were eager to get their two Mercedes could go back into their 3 car garage!]. With a little research we learned that these are top of the line WoodMode Custom Cabinets, handmade, dovetail drawers, and solid wood that we have yet to determine (maybe Maple?). Our cabinets shops locally in Buffalo informed us that these lifetime warranty custom cabinets start at around $1500 a piece from our local cabinet shop!

Well we’re engineers and can do math, this immediately intrigued us. With new hardware, additional features, a little imagination and a lot of google Sketch-Up we were pumped for a Kitchen re-model. We scored their entire kitchen worth of cabinets, molding, double-sided panels and all the accessories for get this: $1000 (our final negotiated price!).

$25,000+ Cabinets for $1000 = *Winning*

I am giddy with excitement and show everyone who visits us (mainly as they take up 1/2 of our basement and there’s no way to have guests NOT see them) Now we’re crossing our fingers that come this winter/spring after the wedding we’ll be glad we made this purchase.

Have you scored anything amazing on Craigslist lately? Any ideas or recommendations for a kitchen layout?

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6 Comments on “Craigslist Kitchen Cabinets”

  1. 20dietsin20weeks says:

    Those cabinets are beautiful. LUCKY! I don’t think they look vintage at all. They are fresh and white is the new cherry, yes?

  2. […] purchasing these beautiful woodmode cabinets over a year ago (see here), we couldn’t wait to get a layout doing. However after a year and half it became crunch […]

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  5. […] on a tight budget, the couple scored a set of custom cabinets via craigslist. The top of the line cabinetry typically sells for >$1,500 PER CABINET! Brittany and Greg […]


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