Kitchen remodel - reuse cabinets or not?
I have to do a kitchen remodel at some point and since I got laid off, I'm trying to save as much money as I can. Cabinets are a likely target. I have good quality, but old, cabinets in the kitchen. Like 1960 old. We don't want to just move them around, but also want to remove the doors on the bases and fit them with drawers. We had all drawer bases in our other house and liked them so much better than door bases, we just can't see doing this remodel and NOT having drawers again.
So here's my dilemma:
The cabinets are old Scheirich cabinets. They're in good shape for the most part, BUT the construction is such that I'd have to do a lot of work INSIDE the cabinet in order to get them ready to refit them with drawers. The sides are not thick enough to take drawer slides. I'd have to run rails from front to back and support them at the ends (front end/back end) just to have something to mount the drawer glides to. Face frames, drawer fronts and doors all appear to be maple. I have one cabinet out in the shop that we removed from over the refrigerator (fridge was too tall) and I sanded off the old finish on one of the doors. Experimentation and wife appreciation meter shows we'd like to leave them natural and just clear coat them.
That adds to the dilemma as I know I'll have to buy some new maple to do the drawer fronts. No idea if I'll be able to get a halfway decent match to the old maple.
I need full extension, heavy-duty drawer glides as some of the drawers will get dishes and stuff stacked in them. And full extension is the only way to go with this.
Some of the drawers would be for 36 inch cabinets so they'd be pretty wide and I'll have to build them kinda stout. Looks like the ONLY money I'm saving is on the carcasses themselves.
Should I just bite the bullet and build new boxes?