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Martha’s kitchen cabinets exclusively at The Home Depot are the answer. Edward and Margarita need my advice on updating their condo. It’s easy. It just needs fresh paint and new kitchen cabinets. They can keep the existing boxes, but replace drawers and cabinet doors.

The condo’s ground level is comprised of the public spaces with the bedrooms located upstairs. As such, the kitchen is in the back. It’s a culmination of living and dining areas. Everything is exposed.

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existing kitchen


Edward and Margarita think that the kitchen will “fit” better if the cabinets stand out. In my opinion, the kitchen should be neutral, become a backdrop. So, in order to blend-in with the elegant room that encompasses both cooking, gathering and entertaining, I would opt for a solution that is subtle. In this particular situation, it would be ideal if kitchen cabinets looked like furniture.

Turns out, Martha Stewart Living kitchen options fit my requirements. Available exclusively at The Home Depot, they are a very good value as well. You get made-to-order cabinets that are manufactured in a factory. They don’t have to be modular, like European counterparts. Wow! Custom and machine-made at once. Best of both worlds. Is that even possible?

The Home Depot associate clarifies everything

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Home Depot makes it easy

After researching online and watching a couple of videos, a trip to the store is in order. I’ve had very good experience with The Home Depot staff. In fact, boasted about The Home Depot associates in the post on DIY-ing a medicine cabinet. Ron, the associate I meet in the kitchen isle, fits the profile. He is very knowledgeable and answers all the questions on my list.

Moreover, to have Martha’s kitchen cabinets, one does not need to start from scratch. The Home Depot installers can work with the existing boxes. In addition to new doors and drawers, they will be able to put the 1/8” thick “skin” on all of the exposed elements of the old frame.

Kitchen cabinets by Martha Stewart are beautiful

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Martha’s inspiration

Most importantly, I like the quality. Martha’s PureStyle finish offers more even coverage than paint. It’s also heat, moisture, and stain resistant. Door details and profiles are put together with mitered joints that won’t split or crack.

Martha’s drawers are constructed with dovetail joinery, solid wood sides, and a plywood bottom. They have “over-travel slides” that extend the drawer past the front of the cabinet, allowing complete access to the inside. Equipped with “soft close” feature, drawers as well as cabinets close quietly.

In addition, Martha’s kitchen cabinets and drawers have features that multiply storage capacity. So important in a small kitchen! I especially love a pegged dish organizer for greater space efficiency. Tilt-out tray is a brilliant idea for otherwise wasted space. Blind corner base cabinet pull-out is better than in the Italian kitchen I’ve specified recently.

Out of numerous options, I single out Dunemere door style. Martha thinks that its “sleek design is infused with a relaxed feel.” I love its simple top and bottom frame beading. For Margarita and Edward, it would work beautifully in these finish colors: Heavy Cream, Picket Fence and Sharkey Gray. Combining all three is also an option.

Perhaps they can add a shelf above the window. A set of Art or Scullery corbels is a terrific embellishment. It’s a practical way to showcase their teacup collection. There is also an option of putting glass panels in the upper cabinets. In addition, they can get more creative with the existing kitchen island by maximizing on storage. The Home Depot makes it all so simple.


  • Mia Kazovsky
    December 23, 2015

    You are a DIYers ultimate ally! This is another inspired post. I also love the name “Sharkey Gray.”

    • Alla DIY Ally
      December 23, 2015

      Mia, Martha Stewart Living is responsible for the name. Thank you for reading! Love, m

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      September 22, 2017

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