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Salvaged Metal Cabinets

February 11, 2018

This weekend, I finally got around to doing an inventory of the metal kitchen cabinets that we have been collecting over the last few years. There are stacks of them in the basement. I want to start on the new kitchen layout, so I need to know what we have to work with. The first batch of cabinets, we used for our kitchen in the apartment.


The apartment kitchen

We like them a lot- they are very sturdy, simple and functional.

Steel is Modern

True to their advertising

The plan, for the second floor, is to use the remaining cabinets for the kitchen and utility room.

Pink cabinets

This set is pink; it appears that most metal cabinets started out with a powder pink paint color

Pink Beauty Queen

This one is labeled “Beauty Queen”



The drawer fronts have a streamlined design

We have 3 different styles of cabinets, with different profiles. The good news is that we have a bunch of units in various conditions.

The bad news is that we only have a few base cabinets- 2 standard units with one drawer above a pair of doors, the Beauty Queen version in the photo above, and 2 bases made for a kitchen sink. That is not nearly enough for what we invisioned. We have plenty of wall cabinets, 27 of assorted size and configurations.


Here’s the second sink front and there’s one skinny cabinet for cutting boards and trays


I thought we had plenty, but not so.

If you know anyone with some old metal cabinets that they don’t want, let us know – we are in the market. We’ll come and take them away.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2018 7:45 pm

    Should have said that the cabinet was at Baci and Dziadiu’s house, not ours. 😘

  2. February 13, 2018 6:02 pm

    Love the apartment kitchen.
    Had some nostalgia, as I grew up with white metal cabinets. I still have a sort of tall utility cabinet from those days. It used to be by the kitchen sink, Tom. It does have quite a bit of wear, because it is old, and has been thru a few moves. Yours are in good shape. Aren’t the old things, so great? Good luck. 😍

  3. February 12, 2018 8:02 pm

    Sue – IKEA has plain metal kitchen cabinets in white, gray and possibly other colors. You could consider those for the base cabinets…

    • Sue permalink*
      February 21, 2018 6:24 pm

      Weirdly enough, I’ve never been to IKEA since they opened. Is that where you got your cabinets?


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