My parents recently installed custom cabinets in our dining room. The original estimate from Home Depot for the cabinets and trim was around $7,000 (not including the countertop and hardware).
They wanted the cabinets in the dining room to match the kitchen, but our kitchen Thomasville cabinets were discontinued. So, my parents DIY-ed and made their own cabinets/counter for $2,000, saving themselves $5,000!
Check out below for pictures (thanks to my Mom):
My parents ordered and picked up standard, unfinished, oak cabinets from Home Depot.
Here is a closer look at the plain cabinets.
Previously, there was a china cabinet in the dining room. (But they needed more storage- that thing was packed previous to this picture.)
Here are the plain cabinets installed thanks to my Italian father.
My dad bought a long butcher-block countertop, which he sanded and stained. (My dad mixed black acrylic paint and stain together to get this color because the stain alone wan't dark enough.)
My mom carved everyone's names in the countertop.
My mom used a primer on the outside surfaces of all the cabinets.
My mom sanded, primed, and painted all the doors of the cabinets. She painted the doors and trim a light cream color to match our current kitchen cabinets.
Then my dad installed the finished countertop. My dad also installed the glass panels. He bought glass for $8 a door (compared to $120 per cabinet door through Home Depot), cut out the wooden faces of the doors with a router saw and popped the glass in place.
My mom then painted all the edges of the cabinets with a mushroom brown paint. She rubbed the paint in random areas with a sponge to make them look more vintage.
She painted in all the crevices with a tiny paint brush.
My mom also aged the cabinets to make them match the kitchen. She used forks and screws, and lightly hammered them into the wood surface. Next, she rubbed brown paint into the dents and wiped off the excess with a damp cloth.
She also found the knobs at Lowe's for $3.00 each.
They added braided trim and crown molding to the top of the cabinets to match the kitchen,
Plenty of visible storage!
And here is a picture of or kitchen island with the old cabinets. Pretty decent match huh?