About a year ago, I started planning on a kitchen remodel with new cabinets and found a KD that I liked and had quoted us $6-7k for Diamond cabinets. We were all set to order them when we were forced to put the project on hold. We now finally have our ducks lined up and I set an appt. with KD last week. He steered me towards Columbia Cabinets, cayene with glaze and I fell in love with them. He did tell me they would be more expensive, however, I was shocked to see that they were $11k, 40% higher than the Diamond. It's completely out of our range and we have to start looking again. I could have stretched the cabinet budget to probably $9k, but I can't go anymore than that. We're paying cash for the remodel and if I paid $11k, I'd have to forgo a lot.
Over the weekend, we met with the installer that my husband knows and he had told us about another place he usually goes to get cabinets and said they would be less expensive. I went to them and color matched what I loved to Showplace Wood Products, Truffle. When I went to research Showplace, I see mixed reviews on those cabinets, but most of the bad ones are from several years ago. My husband has worked with this installer and can vouch for his quality of work and feels that if he recommends them, that's good enough for him.
I have two questions:
Would trying to negotiate the Columbia Cabinets down by $2k be totally unreasonable? In the last year, I've looked for cabinets and this color and finish are the perfect fit for me. but if I can't have granite because I spent my $$ on cabinets, it's not worth it.
Does anyone know anything about Showplace cabinets? The pictures I've seen online are really pretty, but the reviews from 2008 make me leery. The color match is very close and I feel that if I didn't have it right next to the Columbia for comparison, I'd probably really like it.
We've lived in this house for 19 years and will probably spend another 19 years and this will most likely be the only time I get to re-do the kitchen.