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Cabinets: This is the tricky part. A remodel down the road could only require a door facelift versus completely replacing the cabinets if the cabinet boxes hold up. So, I'm not sure how to proceed here. I don't think I want to go cheap. Any advice welcome.


A few years back we built a bar into our game room. I know what you're probably picturing and it's actually much fancier, it's practically a mini-kitchen (seemed to be a good use of some otherwise useless space in that room). Anyway the cabinets in there are gorgeous, can't wait til we re-do the kitchen and put some in that are that nice.

Anyway, if you are so inclined you can probably save some good money by installing/assembling and/or staining them yourself. We actually had custom cabinets made that we stained and installed ourselves, and saved around 60%. DH called around until he found a place that was willing to do this (only called a few places though so it isn't all THAT hard). We did rough drawings of what we wanted and measurements, and a the cabinet maker came out and double checked everything. He gave us a few suggestions as well. When we picked them up the cabinet units themselves were completely assembled, but the counter tops were one solid piece, and all the trim boards were in solid strips (like the way you buy molding, so they had to be cut to size and such). It took us a few weeks to get them completely stained and varnished, and another couple of days to get everything installed.

Just one other thought to throw into the mix...
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