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Everything You Need to Know about Unfinished Cabinets and Why to Avoid Them

Finish refers to the final application of color that gives cabinetry run its finalized appearance. At Nelson Cabinetry we offer wood base cabinets that come with finished cabinet sides and interiors as well as a fully finished toe kick. Today, we made you a short list of the pros and cons of unfinished cabinets. We also give you a few reasons why to avoid the headache of unfinished cabinets and buy finished ones instead. Take a look.


Advantages of Unfinished Cabinets


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Cabinet Customization


Unfinished cabinets give you a lot more freedom to be creative. You can choose any color or hardware your heart desires. So if you’re wanting to customize your cabinet color, unfinished kitchen cabinets are the way for you to go.

Adding to Existing Cabinets


Do you have a specific or custom style cabinet that is no longer manufactured, but still wants to add on more of them? Buying unfinished cabinets would be the best option for you. You can buy the paint and hardware to match your existing cabinets and add to your existing setup.


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Cost Savings


This is the greatest benefit of unfinished cabinets. Remodeling cabinets is a significant investment and unfinished cabinets can save you money. Plus, if you’re confident about this you can install them on your own, which is also another way for you to save a significant amount of money.

Disadvantages of Unfinished Cabinets


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Time Is Money


Sometimes time is more important than money. This is especially true if you’re on a tight schedule and want to avoid unnecessary headaches. In that case, it might not be worth the financial savings to buy your cabinets unfinished. This process may seem easy at first glance, but ultimately many things may eat up your precious time.


First, you have to find a quality color for your unfinished cabinets that will keep them looking great for years to come. Then there’s the work of applying the color correction to all your cabinets. The whole process can be pretty messy. Tiny dust particles and pet fur (if you own one) can get into the damp paint. Lastly, you can never predict the outcome. You could spend your time on the process just to leave you dissatisfied with the final look.

Durability and Quality


Hand-applied or sprayed paint just isn’t as hard or durable as the results from a factory’s catalyzed conversion process. It’s not just a process of slapping some paint on and getting on with your day. There’s a reason that unfinished cabinets are about half the cost of factory-finished cabinets. Factory finishes last longer and usually come with a warranty and touch-up kit.



*Nelson Cabinetry Limited Lifetime Warranty guarantees product quality. Part of our promise to you also includes thorough product inspections before fabrication and delivery.



At the end of the day, the choice is yours to make. If you want to save money and are up to a DIY challenge, then getting an unfinished kitchen cabinet may be the best option for you. But if you want time-saving quality and durability, click here to see how easily finished cabinets will make your remodel.


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