A bunch of luck and cabinets

We learned a good lesson while sourcing the kitchen cabinets for the garden unit: Give yourself plenty of time if you would like to purchase them used or salvaged.

Why? Because it may take a while until you run across just the right set that fits your kitchen. With that in mind, we began our search for the 1st floor kitchen cabinets this summer already.

Originally – when working on the garden unit – we had two sources for salvaged cabinets:

  1. The ReBuilding Exchange, and
  2. Craigslist

Thanks to the recommendation of some blog followers, we could add to sources, and thus the probability to find the right used cabinet set:

  1. Various Chicago area Habitat for Humanity ReStores
  2. Murco Recycling, Inc.

And believe me, we checked them all regularly in search of the right set.

One recent Saturday, we decided to devote the whole day to shopping, or better said, sourcing. We drove all the way out to the ReStore in Elgin, which often has good selection of cabinets in stock. We came across a nice maple set and almost took it home – but the dimensions were not quite right.

On the way back to Chicago we decided to pop our heads into the Chicago Restore on South Halsted, but no luck on the cabinets. Because we were right next to the Edens Expressway, Cathy suggested that we combine trips and keep driving south to the Chicago Heights ReStore.

A few cabinets were on display but nothing that would have fit our kitchen, so we searched the store for other goodies.

On our way out, we noticed that the number of cabinets on display had increased. As it turns out, a kitchen cabinet set was delivered that morning and bit by bit hauled into the display area. We measured all cabinets and – jackpot!

Not only that, these were high-end, custom made, plywood construction cabinets. That means the sides and back of the units are made of the higher quality plywood, rather than particle board.
Cathy liked that they were white. “This will brighten up the kitchen space…”

We got all 10 pieces we were hoping for, including a lazy susan, a beautiful custom made island and tall wall cabinets. And all for about $650.00 including tax.

Let’s say this purchase was a no brainer and oozing with luck.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

6 thoughts on “A bunch of luck and cabinets

  1. Wow, these are beautiful! Luck and persistence! And Cathy, I’m with you – I love a bright kitchen. We remodeled our kitchen in 1993 and put in white cabinets, and I still love them, nearly 20 years later.

  2. Wow! That was an incredible bit of luck. It really does make a difference in brightening up the kitchen.

  3. Hello. I am thinking of buying a total mess of a place and would like to use reclaimed products. I have never heard of any of these places nor do I know where they are located. Would you mind terribly shoot me and email or something with the locations or websites. I would so unbelievably grateful for the knowledge. We don’t have a lot of money but the building is so cheap I just cant pass up the offer. I want to get my family out of renting and into ownership.

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