10 Clever Ways to Use Stock Kitchen Cabinets (Throughout the House)

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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.

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2. A dining room credenza meets home office, from Lowe's.

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3. A storage-filled mudroom bench from DIY Network.

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4. Custom kitchen island from Lowe's.

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5. Built-in window seat in a kids bedroom, from Better Homes & Gardens.

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6. A long craft room desk made from sets of base cabinets, from How to Nest for Less.

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7. Large farm-style kitchen island with butcher block top, from Better Homes & Gardens.

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8. We featured this tall padded bench before, which Leidi Bird created as a window seat.

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9. Little House Blog showed off this banquette installed in a breakfast nook off the kitchen.

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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)

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