pascal anson on (cheap) kitchen cabinets

Pascal Anson sussed out kitchen cabinets and discovered that cabinet makers earn their serious money from the doors, which cost much more than the base cabinets. So he bought base cabinets from IKEA and then bought a mish-mash of doors that had been marked way down. Easy and cheap. There’s a caveat though:

The rule with this kind of thing is…if you’re going to use a mix of doors, make sure it is a REAL mix and looks really really wrong, not just a little bit wrong.”

We love the idea of REALLY REALLY WRONG as design concept…when you push dissonance to cool…

We also love that Anson’s little video wakes your head up to the way kitchen cabinets work: The cabinets (without doors) are essentially discrete boxes that can be grouped in many ways – not just the way kitchen planners say to –  to make a kitchen for not a lot of money. The doors are attached AFTER the base cabinets are placed and mounted. They are what give the kitchen its look and where to think about being resourceful and creative…


Why not plywood, made like Maria Robledo’s painted cabinets …or like these in natural birch veneer by Emiliano Lopez Monica Rivera Arquitectos we saw on Remodelista?

Related post: Strategy: Cool Un)Plywood Storage Cabinets

Pascal Anson’s Surprising D-I-Y Paint Project

More Pascal Anson: Re-Imagined Silverware

9 Responses to pascal anson on (cheap) kitchen cabinets

  1. Coco of Cococozy 02.22.2010 at 1:14am #

    I can’t decide if I think this kitchen is really cool or really not cool. Hmmm…thinking.


  2. Sally 02.22.2010 at 8:29am #

    For me, the specific kitchen works for Pascal, and who he seems to be…not quite for my sensibility BUT the ideas behind make me think of many more possibilities…that what I love about his little videos. Let us know if where your thinking goes with this…

  3. Andrea Raisfeld 02.22.2010 at 9:44am #

    Check out the kitchen of one of my cleverest homeowners, Harley Swedler, an architect, interior designer, designer, blogger…


  4. pharmacy tech 05.05.2010 at 1:57am #

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  5. amy 05.23.2010 at 5:03pm #

    what would be beneficial is if I could post a picture of my kitchen and then receive a few suggestions using Pascal’s principles.
    …can I?

  6. Sally 05.24.2010 at 1:02pm #

    Hi. Unfortunately, there is no way to post the pictures in comments. You are welcome to send submit a photo via Contact US, though we ask you to understand that we can’t promise anything. We are already OVERWHELMED by the emails we get, and planning and writing the blog. We are looking into creating a Forum where we might be able to connect readers for things like this.

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  8. [email protected] shed building 01.07.2011 at 11:44am #

    This kitchen design looks really neat, I love the use of the wood, looks simple yet elegant, I love it.

  9. debbiek 07.02.2014 at 4:57pm #

    This guy must be 7 feet tall! I couldn’t help but notice that his hip is higher than the kitchen countertop!

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