RTA Cabinets


We used RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinets in our DIY kitchen remodel.  RTA cabinets can provide a 50% savings from big-box store cabinets and turnaround is fairly quick – usually within two weeks!

DIY Kitchen Remodel and RTA Cabinets

Oh my goodness.  We are DONE with our DIY kitchen remodel and could not be more thankful.  To see more on the reveal I shared last week (and a funny behind-the-scenes video), go HERE.

Our newly designed kitchen functions much better than our old design, and we are in LOVE with how gorgeous the new space is – mainly thanks to our new cabinets from Custom Service Hardware. Our old kitchen was dark, and we hated the layout (not to mention our really old appliances).

I did the best I could updating the space using paint…

However, we love to host big groups in our home and the layout was so frustrating.  The kitchen was closed off from the living room, and there was only one way in and one way out (resulting it lots of traffic issues). When we remodeled the kitchen, we tore down part of the wall between the kitchen and the family room.  Unfortunately we couldn’t remove as much of the wall as we intended due to some water lines we didn’t know were there.  Due to timing and our budget, we kept the wall a little longer than we had originally planned.  I had already ordered my cabinets from Custom Service Hardware, so we just added another base cabinet to fill the space and make it look more intentional.  My plan for the upper space was to add open shelving, but my husband and I panicked at the last minute about drilling into the tile AND possibly hitting the water lines that we now know are there.  I actually like the relief in the extra space, and it provides a little decorating space…

Our lower cabinets in the original kitchen design connected to the sink area in an “L” design.

We opted for an island this time around and moved the dishwasher next to the sink.

The range and stove were separate in the old design.

We added a new stove/range combo using the same hood from before (only painted to look like wood).

We are in love with the new space, but the entire space was DIYed, so it was a process to get to where we are.

I partnered with Custom Service Hardware on the kitchen cabinets and I cannot say enough good things about this company and their people.  I have worked with them in the past and had such an amazing experience with their rolling library ladder.


  • Sizes are limited to what is in stock, but the large variety allows for a great layout.
  • The cabinets are delivered via a truck shipment.
  • There are no instructions in the box, but there are plenty of online video tutorials.
  • Assembly takes time, and the first one is always the hardest.  We figured out an assembly groove pretty quickly.
  • Use lots of glue and add a few screws for the best solid cabinet assembly.

I was surprised how quickly my cabinets arrived – I had them within a week of ordering them. Once they arrived, I was asked to check for damage with the delivery driver, and we didn’t find any damage.

After the delivery man left, I freaked out a bit looking at all those (very flat) boxes.

However, my husband and I set up a staging area in the garage and spent our evenings working on the cabinets (thanks to Steve’s parents for helping us assemble some).

The first cabinet really is the hardest, and you will create a system that works for you that makes the process go faster.  We spent just under an hour per cabinet on average – which would have been faster if Steve didn’t spend so much time organizing the screws…

Here’s a video showing the assembly process on one of the upper cabinets:

My parents came to help with the actual hanging of the cabinets.  It’s amazing how not level your home is.  It took some time, but the cabinets were hung over a long weekend.  You can see the process in this video:


  • The color availability is limited, but you can see the product before you buy by ordering sample doors.
  • The finish is very nice, and there are touch-up kits available for any scuffs or dents.
  • The quality is amazing!  We were pleasantly surprised with all the features and sturdiness of the cabinets.

We did find that hardware was necessary for the cabinets in securing the faceplates of the drawers.  However, we prefer the added touch the hardware provides the cabinets. We went with two separate cabinet series for our kitchen (although they are both shaker in style).  The gray cabinets are the NORWICH SERIES and the white cabinets (the island) are the ESSEX SERIES.

The RTA cabinets offer several fun features such as a hidden trash can.

We love the out-of-site microwave shelf.

And pull-out spice rack.

All the hours spent assembling and hanging the cabinets were time well spent because the finished result is absolutely gorgeous!

Custom Service Hardware also provides matching trim and molding pieces with their various cabinets series.

We are in love with our new kitchen and grateful to Custom Service Hardware on their partnership with this DIY kitchen remodel. Custom Service Hardware provides amazing service, and everyone I spoke with was pleasant and helpful.  However, I have to give a special shout-out to James who walked me through every step of this RTA cabinet process.

Go create something!

Are you new to my blog? Go HERE to see my home tour and HERE to shop for items I use in our home.

Want to follow the kitchen remodel journey? Start here: Week 1 – Demo

*This post is a sponsored post by Custom Service Hardware.  I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.  


DIY Kitchen Renovation

We’ve been sharing our DIY Kitchen Renovation journey, and I’m happy you’re here!

Kitchen Remodel | Week 3

It is the third week of the kitchen remodel, and we are beginning to see real progress! (You can follow our remodel journey by going to Week 1 and Week 2). We finished assembling the final cabinet from Custom Service Hardware.  It was the base corner lazy-susan, and we saved the best for last! Kitchen Remodel | Week 3 I wanted to document our final cabinet build, but Steve was more focused on organizing the screws than documenting this sweet moment… We also began refinishing our wood floors this week.  If you’re local, we are using Full Circle out of Indianapolis. I am so excited to say goodbye to our orange hardwood floors… Besides being orange, they were pretty cupped, so it took several days of sanding. The result was stunning!  It looks like new floors.  Now we are trying to decide on a stain color.  We don’t want to go too light (and risk any yellowing), and I know not to go to dark (we had dark floors in our previous home, and they show everything)! Every room in our home (not having floors refinished) is filled with stuff.  Lots and lots of stuff. Yesterday we began hanging the cabinets from Custom Service Hardware.  Since we are going all the way to the ceiling with the cabinets, Steve checked how level our ceiling line is. We found the lowest point in our ceiling line and drew a line for the top row of cabinets.  We began at the corner and went out. My dad came and helped us with the cabinet hanging. It’s coming together and looking like a kitchen once again! Go create something! Are you new to my blog? Go HERE to see my home tour and HERE to shop for items I use in our home. Follow along on our DIY Kitchen Renovation journey!  See what happens next: Week 4 – Painting and Trim *This post is a sponsored post by The Home Depot and Custom Service Hardware. I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.

Rolling Library Ladder

I have been obsessed with adding a rolling library ladder to our home forever. Since moving into our home over three years ago, we planned to build a wall of bookshelves in the office.  Meanwhile, all of our books were spread out through the house in closets and every nook and cranny we could put them in.  It was nearly impossible to find anything. Awhile back (while I was frustrated about having a book closet instead of a coat closet), I sketched up a plan. It looked so normal on that piece of paper. We debated DIYing some built-ins but ultimately decided to hand it over to a professional. We hired a guy to build them, and he built most of the shelves in his workshop.  He brought the shelves in and installed them in a day – the same day I was gone all day at the Indianapolis Home Show presenting. I came home to these gorgeous but GIGANTIC bookshelves.  I was slightly overwhelmed when I saw how large they are (you can click here to see how I tackled painting them). After realizing the massive size of these shelves required a rolling library ladder (at least that’s what I told my husband), I quickly embraced my mammoth-sized bookshelves. I partnered with Custom Service Hardware and together we created the perfect library ladder for our office. On their website ( is an easy order form online where ladders are customized.  There are so many options – including the hardware finish (I selected black): These wheels roll amazingly well on the carpet (check out the video at the end of this post). There are also several types of wood to choose from (I selected the walnut): Our ladder is a 7-foot ladder with a 108-inch rail. The ladder was precut to size, but our rails came in (2) 6-foot sections.  This way we were able to place the seam in the center of our bookshelves (instead of offset).  We used a splice kit to connect the two rails (which is not noticeable at all).  To cut the rails, we had a friend help us since cutting the aluminum required a metal fine-tooth blade. I stained the ladder and my husband and I assembled it together which was a very simple project. I stained the walnut ladder with a dark walnut stain.  It brought out the wood grain and looks absolutely gorgeous. My husband hung the rail for me while I was running around doing other things.  CS Hardware provided great instructions, but hanging the rail did require some time and precision.
If you are looking for a library ladder (or barn doors, hidden bookcase doors, cabinets, mantels, or anything else you may need for your home), you need to check out Custom Service Hardware.  I was so impressed with everything from their gorgeous quality product to amazing customer service to fast shipping. Are you new to my blog? Go HERE to see my home tour and HERE to shop for items I use in our home. Find me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Pinterest *This post is a sponsored post by Custom Service Hardware.  I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.