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