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How to purchase cherry cabinets without breaking your remodeling budget

Although most cherry cabinets fall towards the higher end of the kitchen cabinet price range, they remain one of the most popular cabinet choices for kitchen remodelers and home builders. Cherry cabinets are both durable and beautiful, and the rich, dark red color of American Cherry, as well as its strength and fine grain pattern, make it an excellent choice for many styles of kitchen cabinetry.

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If you want cherry cabinets in your kitchen

To avoid spending a fortune on cherry cabinets:

  1. Skip the custom finish. The cost of your cherry cabinets can increase by 15-20 percent when you choose finishes that include hand-applied glazes and other distressing techniques, which are used to make your cabinetry appear aged and antique-like. You can save money by choosing a standard cabinet finish, such as a clear-coat, which will highlight the gorgeous, natural color hues and grain patterns of cherry hardwood.
  2. Don't be swayed by fancy cabinet hardware, such as under-mount, full extension drawer glides that are "self-closing". If cost was not a consideration, then perhaps this type of cabinet upgrade would be worth the cost, but top-of-the-line drawer glides can add almost $75 to the cost of each base cabinet you purchase. Cabinet companies usually provide standard cabinet hardware that is sturdy, reliable and completely adequate.
  3. Avoid cabinet construction upgrades, such as dovetailed, solid-wood drawer boxes and odd-sized cabinet boxes, because these options can increase the cost of your cherry cabinets by up to 30 percent. Try to design your kitchen with standard sized cabinetry, and choose a cabinet company that offers a well-made selection of cabinets that doesn't require costly construction upgrades.

Of course, everyone would love to have a full set of cherry cabinets with all the bells and whistles, but sometimes the realities of construction budgets need to be acknowledged, and you may be better off purchasing the type of cabinets that you want, but without the expensive upgrades.

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