Our Story

White Painted KitchenThe Cabinetry’s roots date back to 1960 when Marlene Ketchen’s grandfather Norman MacDonald started manufacturing cabinetry      under the name MacDonald Kitchens.  Before long, all five of his sons, including Marlene’s father, Paul, became involved in the family business.

Eventually, Paul and his brother, Frank spun off the business into a company that manufactured cabinetry hardware. During this venture, Paul invented the popular “Shelf Lock,” a product that revolutionized the cabinetry shipping process. The new product allows cabinetry to be shipped with the shelves installed. Paul and Frank were the sole owners of the product patent for 25 years and it is still used today.

"Shelf Lock" - designed by Paul

“Shelf Lock” – designed by Paul

In the mid-1980’s, Marlene’s uncle, Ed MacDonald, left manufacturing to go into the custom kitchen design business. In 1993, he started Kitchen-N-Counters, and successfully built an ever-growing client base throughout the South Shore. Marlene joined the company in 2002 and spent a year working alongside her uncle before purchasing the company in 2003.




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The Cabinetry emphasizes integrity, courtesy, communication and precise attention to detail.  It is a boutique business that specializes in complete kitchen and bath remodeling.  Just as every kitchen and bath is unique, so too are the services The Cabinetry offers its clients.  With design as the foundation for all projects, the staff uses the latest computer software to create customized plans for kitchens and baths that reflect the needs of each client and their household.  Next the staff works with the client to create the desired environment by selecting the cabinetry, counters, tile, lighting and decorative hardware.  Services are also available to help with the finishing touches like wall coverings and window treatments.  In addition, The Cabinetry can also project manage the entire job from start to finish for the client who doesn’t have the time or the inclination to oversee a major home renovation.

Cabinetry is no longer just for a kitchen or bath!  We can transform any space using beautiful cabinetry built-ins:

  • Mudroom
  • Home Office
  • Fireplace Surround
  • Media Wall
  • Bedroom
  • Pantry
  • Garage