To stay on budget, Jessica used stock cabinetry. “It has come a long way!” she says. “You can find well-made, attractive cabinets with storage options galore (called ‘semicustom cabinets’) at most home-improvement centers.” She recommends opting for “solid wood cabinet doors to withstand wear and tear.” She also found hardware similar to a pricey version she liked for only $1.
Having saved on the cabinets, she chose to splurge on Alabama white marble countertops. Friends had warned her that they were impractical, but she has found that the few small rings on the marble add to the room’s “timeless character.”
Her hardworking stock cabinetry features this slide-out cutting board.