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What Makes a Kitchen Look Cheap?

This week, I posted a video to Instagram and TikTok called

"3 Details that Make Kitchen Cabinets Feel Cheap".


We recently took a weekend vacation to a small resort town, where the same builder built all the homes. The houses were beautiful, but I couldn't help but notice that it kinda felt like the builder cut some corners on the kitchens.

(Click below for the video, and follow me on insta for more videos like this one)

Here's a summary:

3 Details That Make Kitchen Cabinets Feel Cheap (Sorry 😣 )

The first thing that comes to mind is cabinets with big gaps between the door and drawer faces. These are called "partial overlay" cabinet faces. I recommend "full overlay" or "inset" door and drawer faces for a more high-quality look.

The second tell-tail sign is appliances that don't fit their surrounding cabinets very well. The image on the left shows a full-depth fridge pushed into cabinets that were built for a counter-depth fridge.


Lastly, I can't unsee a missing end panel! At the end of a run of cabinets, I recommend finishing with a full-height end panel, as shown in the image on the right. This will look more finished and be more durable.


I don't say these things to make anyone feel bad about their home. I just want you to know what to ask for when it is time to remodel your home. A well-built kitchen is not only better looking, but it will last much longer and be more user-friendly.


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