When it comes time to remodel your kitchen, there are many things that you can do to save money. Doing as much of the actual labor as your knowledge allows you to do can save you thousands of dollars. For example, installing back splashes, sinks, plumbing fixtures and flooring yourself can save enough in labor costs to make it possible to buy a few new appliances. If your cabinets are in good shape and you like their design, cabinet refacing instead of replacing your cabinets can easily save enough money to pay for the replacement of your counter tops. However, when it comes to purchasing unfinished kitchen cabinets to replace your existing cabinets, I am not sure you will save money once you factor in what your time is worth.
While I am a fairly handy guy and enjoy doing the work required to complete most projects, finishing brand new kitchen cabinets seems like a losing proposition to me. First of all, most of the unfinished cabinets I have seen are not of the highest quality. While I realize that statement may not be all inclusive, even if you have the best cabinet shop in the area build your cabinets of the highest quality materials, the money you will save by refinishing the cabinets yourself will pale in comparison to the amount of lost time you will incur while you work on this project.