Unquestionably,  the biggest visible part of my renovation is the new kitchen.  That said, the biggest part of that are the new kitchen cabinets.  Here is the hierarchy of kitchen cabinets, as described in an email to me by the salesman from whom I ordered my new “stock” cabinets:

“There are 3 types of cabinetry-stock,semi-custom and custom. Stock is a pre-made cabinet with no options and limited door styles and sizes. Semi-custom is made to order  with some customization available. Custom cabinets are pretty much anything goes; if I can draw it they will build it, custom stains,custom paint finishes, color matching ect.

“I would put what you ordered at the better quality end of stock or entry level.”

They seem like perfectly nice, simply designed cabinets, with a Shaker look to them, and I’ve been told they hold up pretty well.  The picture below is a photo of the cabinets in the  showroom.  I’d like to be able to have them hold up for at least as long as I hold up.

Kitchen cabinets in the showroom

After I paid for the cabinets, which have a very respectable 4-6 week production time and are made in Wisconsin, the salesman gave me a capsule summary of the typical life expectancy of kitchen cabinets, based on the 25 years he’s been selling them.  He said most people move every 7 years and most cabinets “start to look tired” after about 15 years.

What was stunning to me was how often he said most people move. I suppose I significantly alter the typical statistic, with my move coming after being in the same house for 30 years.  But then again, my marriage was also one that was about to celebrate its 41st anniversary.  Same house, same kitchen cabinets there, installed about 15 years ago,  and same husband for almost 41 years.

I think all those numbers are unusual today.