Redoing your kitchen can be a pretty high-impact endeavor. From countertops to cabinets, we're talking about a lot of wood and if you're getting your cabinets from a big box store, chances are it's really pressboard coated in plastic. It might look sleek and modern, but underneath it's a low-quality solution with a pretty short lifespan.
Instead of going for a store-bought solution, designer Rupert Blanchard created the kitchen photographed above using reclaimed tea crates for the cabinet doors and even to cover the outside of the dishwasher. He finished off the look with antique hardware.
This would be a great way to update your ugly, existing kitchen cabinets on the cheap, wouldn't it? Or, if your kitchen needs new cabinets you could pick something up second hand at the thrift store or Restore and give it a new life. If you don't have tea crates handy, you could also start collecting old wine boxes or pretty much any sort of wooden shipping crates for the same effect.