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Ways to customize a builders grade kitchen:

Having a custom kitchen with a large island, custom cabinets, and all the bells & whistles is everyone's dream but everyone’s budget is different. Below are some ideas to help make your kitchen more custom that you can in your own time down the road.

Add a fresh coat of paint

Most builder grade kitchens are stark white or very dark brown. Changing the color of the cabinets will really help make it look custom without the price tag.

Install a wood range hood

Another small change that makes a huge impact is installing a wood range hood and a hidden ventilation system. A wood hood is a great way to match the character and style of your home, while hiding the functional blower unit.

Add soft close

Nothing can improve your everyday experience in the kitchen more than soft close hinges and drawer slides. Every operation of your cabinets and drawers should be smooth and quiet! If you don’t want to get all new hinges and slides, you can add soft-close to any cabinet by installing one of these Blum soft-close mechanisms!

Replace the hardware

Builder grade kitchens typically come with a standard plain brushed nickel bar pull. The easiest and least expensive way to customize your existing kitchen is to change out the hardware for something that fits your style and elevates the look of your space.

Substitute decorative wire for cabinet door panels

Decorative wire is a great way to add detail to a section of cabinets. With popular colors like antique brass, antique pewter, and black, you can create a design that fits with any style of cabinetry. Replacing a couple of door panels with decorative wire adds an eye catching detail to your space. It adds a ton of character while giving it a more custom vibe.

Avondale Specialty Hardware is a division of Richelieu America, which carries cabinet hardware and accessories, industrial coatings and finishing supplies, cabinet doors and drawers, convenience hardware and organizers, decorative hardware, and much more.


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