How To Design A Traditional Kitchen With DIY Kitchen Cabinets

DIY kitchen cabinets have grown in popularity as more and more homeowners seek to save money on their home improvement projects. Why shell out tens of thousands of dollars on custom cabinetry when you can easily build an attractive kitchen for a fraction of the price?

This is especially true when designing a traditional kitchen. Traditional kitchens tend to have lots of intricate design elements that can put a serious dent in your wallet if you choose to go the custom route. DIY kitchen cabinets and accessories come in standard sizes for a seamless kitchen design project.

Not quite sure if you’re up to the task of doing it all yourself? No worries, you can still save money with DIY kitchen cabinets while still utilizing free design services and the assistance of a professional contractor. Whether you choose to go it alone, or to work with professionals, here’s how to create a gorgeous traditional kitchen using DIY kitchen cabinets.

1. Understanding DIY Kitchen Cabinets

DIY kitchen cabinets, also known as RTA (ready to assemble) kitchen cabinets come in standard sizes, separated by 3″ increments. After taking accurate measurements of your kitchen space, you or your designer will begin to choose your cabinets. You can choose any combination of base, wall, & tall cabinets and fillers (used to fill in any extra spaces) to build your kitchen. Here are the specs for a sample 10×10 kitchen space:

DIY cabinet nomenclature is quite simple to understand. “W” stands for “wall”, “B” for “base”, “SB” for “sink base”, so on and so forth. The width is taken into account before the height, so a W3612 will be a wall cabinet that is 36″ wide and 12″ tall. A B15 cabinet is a base cabinet that is 15″ wide. At, each cabinet is categorized by type and height for easy shopping.

Be sure to take into account the amount and type of storage space you’ll need. For example, larger corner cabinets are a great space for storing large items such as pots and pans. If you’re unsure of which cabinets to choose for your kitchen design, then it is strongly suggested that you utilize the help of a professional. At Stock Cabinet Express, we offer free design help for any customer who may need it.

Once your design has been finalized and your cabinets have been chosen, you or your contractor will build and install your DIY kitchen cabinets.

2. Understanding Traditional Design

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Traditional kitchen design is all about elegance. Unlike today’s contemporary designs that emphasize streamlined and simple features, traditional kitchens embrace intricate and ornate design elements. For example, crown moldings, corbels, decorative hoods and decorative legs on the kitchen island are all elements that can be found in a traditional kitchen design.

3. Choosing Your Traditional Cabinet Door Style

One of the main markers of a traditional kitchen is the raised center panel door style. Modern and contemporary kitchens usually feature a flat-paneled or Shaker-style door that lend themselves handily to those more simplistic styles. However, you’ll want a more ornate look in your traditional kitchen, so you’ll want to choose a door that has a bit of depth and is more visually interesting. You can choose a simple raised panel door style such as our Gramercy White kitchen cabinets, or something a little more unique and intricate, such as our Sienna Rope kitchen cabinets, which feature a gorgeous rope inlay.

4. Choosing Your Traditional Accessories

With our DIY kitchen cabinets, there are a number of traditional accessories to choose from. Depending on the door style, you can choose from a variety of crown moldings, appliques, glass doors, decorative legs, corbels, fluted fillers, and decorative end doors. Working with an experienced designer can help you decide which accessories will fit best within your particular kitchen specifications and budget.

Sienna Rope Kitchen Cabinets featuring the signature rope inlay, glass doors, and an applique.

5. Choosing Your Countertop, Backsplash & Other Design Elements

To bring your design together, you’ll need to have all the right design elements, not just the cabinets and accessories:

  • A properly designed traditional kitchen will feature granite, marble, or engineered countertops that mimic the look of real stone. A beveled, ogee, dupont, dupont/square or french cove edge will give a luxurious look to your stone countertop.
  • Hardwood floors are a classic design feature, but the right set of floor tiles can also bring the look together.
  • From simple subway tiles to mosaic tiles to artistically painted tile or glass, the possibilities for backsplash design are endless.
  • Chandeliers or similarly ornate hanging light fixtures are common features in traditional kitchens.
  • Hardware (handles & knobs) can be found in a variety of metals and finishes that work with your particular design. Rubbed and antique finishes can go a particularly long way towards achieving an Old World look.

You have a lot of options when it comes to designing your traditional kitchen. It may help to search online or in design magazines for ideas to help you come up with your own. Whatever you choose, you can create an eye-catching, traditional kitchen using DIY kitchen cabinets, while saving both time and money.


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