Turns out that stock cabinets are good for something beyond the kitchen. By modifying unfinished, or white, cabinets you can create pseudo-custom pieces designed specifically for your space— without the need to hire someone to build something especially for you. Here are a series of projects, made from basic cabinets found at most home improvement stores, which can be used throughout the house.
1. Above, living room shelves using IKEA kitchen cabinets as a base to build upon, by Smitten Studio.
2. A dining room credenza meets home office, from Lowe's.
3. A storage-filled mudroom bench from DIY Network.
4. Custom kitchen island from Lowe's.
5. Built-in window seat in a kids bedroom, from Better Homes & Gardens.
6. A long craft room desk made from sets of base cabinets, from How to Nest for Less.
7. Large farm-style kitchen island with butcher block top, from Better Homes & Gardens.
8. We featured this tall padded bench before, which Leidi Bird created as a window seat.
9. Little House Blog showed off this banquette installed in a breakfast nook off the kitchen.
10. These built-in library shelves were spotted on Instructables.
(Image credits: Smitten Studio; Lowe's; DIY Network; Lowe's; Better Homes & Gardens; How to Nest for Less; Better Homes & Gardens; Leidi Bird; Little House Blog; Instructables)