Alright folks. This review has been a long time coming!
My husband and I are homeowners who took on a 50% contractor and 50% DIY kitchen remodel. The contractor did the demo and the wall builds, we did the cabinets, countertop, installations, painting, etc.
Price context: For 8 cabinets we were getting custom quotes of about $7000 from local stores and it was beyond our budget. We were able to get 8 cabinets, the panels, and toe kick from this collection for about $4000 (we got them during a pre-Black Friday sale).
TLDR: We have two pieces of advice. 1) If you live near a store, have everything delivered there so you can immediately return/replace it. 2 of our 8 cabinets arrived severely damaged, while a few of the others had minor nicks or scuffs that we couldn’t be bothered to replace. 2) Give yourself plenty of lead time for said returns/replacements (each order took about 2-3 weeks).
For example, we returned 1 cabinet on the day we picked up the whole set (Dec 1). Three weeks later we got that replacement (Dec 21). Just before that one arrived, while we were installing the other cabinets, we realized that one of the cabinets we thought was fine had actually been dropped on a corner somewhere in shipping and it got totally knocked out of plumb and split the frame. So we drove back to the store (Dec 15) to get that replaced. When that one did arrive (Dec 28), it definitely wasn’t perfect but I couldn’t wait an additional 2-3 weeks. These delays took up considerable amounts of time and increased the overall cost of our project.
Panels: The end panels aren’t great. Lots of them arrived nicked or slightly warped. We got two end panels and two big panels for the fridge box. Not impressed for what they cost.
Hardware: The hardware seems pretty decent. Nice soft close. However, the hardware wasn’t pre-drilled by the manufacturer, so there are some places where the wood has split as a result.
Would we do this again? Likely not, but we would be equipped with better information to make it less stressful. We live in an area where the closest beloved Swedish furniture supplier (y’all know what I’m talking about) is over three hours away, so this felt like our only affordable option.
I needed to allign another cabinets on one side so the doors needed to allign.. The cabinet base did not allign the doors correctly. AND, during manufacture, the mfg put in a bigger screw on the adjustment part of one hinge because the correct one stripped the wood... so the base of the door was too high and the big screw wouldnt allow adjustment of the door. the cabinet to the right was able to adjust 1/4" (good) but it wasnt enough to allign the doors. I already had flooring and piping in place so I drilled and put in a long screw and ground off most of the head until i was able to get the door to adjust enough so only I I will notice that its still not perfect. Also, it has clips and predrilled holes so that a shelf can be installed...but no shelf available. and the mylar chips easy so be cafeful putting it in place (dont slide the cabinet). it seems to work ok for a second food prep area but I would get something better for a main kitchen
Typical production cabinet quality. Note that the toe kick on...
August 5, 2020
Typical production cabinet quality. Note that the toe kick on these cabinets is taller than 4 in which is industry standard. Thus you're actually getting less cabinet than some others. Hinges on doors are only vertically adjustable by loosening hinge and installer often places screws so that you also have to reset screw.