Traditionally kitchen cupboards were built for storage of dishes and of course cups. Homes a hundred years ago did not have built in cabinetry as we have in our homes today and furniture was used for storage. There has been a resurgence of popularity for cupboards today, and they can be purchased in just about any style like traditional, modern, and American provincial, etc. Just like any other piece of furniture, prices will change by quality of materials, plus fit and finish. These cupboards are used more for additional food storage, and displaying decorative items or photos. Some homes use a wardrobe armoire with added shelves and drawers to help facilitate their food and other storage needs in the modern kitchen.
You can find many designs to fit your needs, and one of the more popular models has glass installed in the doors of the upper cabinet so you can display photos, dried flowers, or other family keepsakes. This is also considered an heirloom item that is passed down to family members, and can become a great tradition in any family. Just think a hundred years from now – your great-great grand daughter will be giving it to her daughter.
A vintage kitchen cupboards is probably one of the best values you can purchase. Local antique furniture stores, and antique re-finishers can surely accommodate you in this area. You can also check on Ebay.com for cupboards, but beware that you will most likely have to have it shipped. Delicate furniture that is several decades old will become damaged easily if not packaged properly. In large cities there are usually dozens if not hundreds of antique furniture dealers, and will have a large enough selection to satisfy any consumer.
Painting old kitchen cupboards to match your current style or decor is another great option, and you can save a lot of money if you buy it used and in need of refinishing. Check online for message forums on painting or refinishing to make sure you have a good grasp on this process.
After finding a used piece, make sure the internal shelves are in good order and not rotted. Replacing them up front will give you added years of use, and will keep your items safe and clean. Installing contact paper is also a good idea before storing your food items, and will protect the wood from food spills in the future.