Frequently on the minds of homeowners who are preparing to replace their kitchen cabinets is the age-old question of how to achieve a custom look on a budget. Cabinetry is usually the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel. When renovating your home or shopping for your new construction, selecting cabinets that are a good fit for your style and budget is one of the most essential parts of the process. The good news? You can achieve the look of custom cabinets without having to spend a fortune. Representing the union between stock and custom cabinetry, semi-custom cabinetry is a mid-range option that offers enough flexibility for the homeowner to cater to their unique wants and specifications without the price tag of exclusively custom cabinetry. Built to suit in a wide selection of doors and finishes, semi-custom cabinets offer more features than stock cabinetry, in addition to having a shorter lead time than custom. Consider our tips for How to Achieve the Look of Custom Cabinets on a Budget.
Modified Widths, Heights and Depths
Unlike stock cabinets, where what you see is what you get, semi-custom cabinets give you the option to modify the widths, heights and depths according to the needs of your space. The ability to change the dimensions is imperative to ensure that your cabinets are built to fit the unique measurements of your kitchen. Being able to make these modifications also allows you to alter the look of your cabinets by staggering cabinet heights and depths according to your preferences.
Finishes: Stains, Paints and Glazes
Semi-custom cabinetry is offered in a wide variety of finishes including stains, paints and glazes that allow you to tailor the appearance of your cabinets to fit your individual style. The possibilities are endless when choosing cabinet finishes. Stains range from light to dark and bring out the natural beauty of wood cabinets by altering the color. Paints are a nontransparent colored application that will result in a smooth finish, unless the cabinet has a coarse grain. Glazes are a semi-clear coating that can be applied to both stained and painted finishes to enhance or highlight the finer details such as corners and moldings.
Did you know that you don’t have to purchase custom cabinetry to get custom colored cabinetry? Semi-custom cabinet manufacturers like StarMark, Mid Continent, Kraftmaid and Ultracraft Cabinetry offer custom paint programs. Some will even match a color to anything the homeowner desires, whether it’s a paint chip, fabric swatch or a treasured piece of furniture. The possibilities are endless! We love this custom colored laundry room from MBS Interiors designer Britany Hanthorn. This gorgeous eclectic retreat is more reminiscent of a spa than a work space! Cool toned custom-colored StarMark cabinetry is featured with Maple Bethany doors. This L-shaped laundry room is spacious and nods to the traditional vibe of the home with beautifully veined countertops and subway tile backsplash. It’s highlighted by a sleek and functional stainless steel farmhouse sink. This space is a perfect example that custom colors are at home in every room of the home.
Achieving a well-designed and highly functional kitchen, bath and bar is now easier than ever with cabinet storage solutions and organizational upgrades. The vast majority of semi-custom cabinetry brands offer an array of organizational upgrades that will allow you to choose how to invest your money and decide on priorities. Lack of usable storage can become a major inconvenience in even the most beautiful spaces. Organize your busiest, hardest-working areas in your home with upgrades such as a built in bread box, appliances garage, sliding towel bar, tiered pan and lid storage pull-out, cabinet door rack kits, drawer storage and pull-out trash cans. The options are endless and built to suit your unique needs.
Semi-custom cabinetry offers homeowners the custom look and modifications necessary to fit cabinetry choices to their unique home and specifications without the custom expense. Typical delivery for semi-custom cabinets is 4-6 weeks. Learn more about the name brand cabinetry offered by MBS Interiors and Request a Design Consultation to speak with an MBS Interiors Designer today!