Stick with stock
A kitchen can be outfitted for a lot of money--with custom cabinetry and paneled appliances--or for a whole lot less if you order up off-the-shelf items. Chris's seaside-cottage look was easy to achieve with stock white cabinets and beadboard doors; white appliances blended right in. But even some nice finishing details were created with stock items. The panels on the side of the refrigerator and the island are actually pieced together from affordable stock cabinet doors, rather than custom pieces.
What They Saved: $1,025