Matching Your Kitchen and Cabinets

If you are considering doing your own kitchen and bath remodeling, a major part of the project is ripping out your previous cabinetry. Here are some tips that will help you make the job go smoothly.

Arrange for Getting Rid of the Debris:

Begin by figuring out how and where you’ll get rid of the old cabinets and other trash. Although you might think that you can save or re-use some of the cabinetry, generally you will end up needing to have the majority of items taken away away as trash. Call a roll off container company or make other arrangements to enable you to get the debris taken away when you’re done. Keeping the existing cabinets in your garage or some place else in the way will just make it harder when you start to install the new cabinetry.

Remove All Cabinet Doors, Drawers and Shelving:

It is usually very easy to take off the doors from your cabinetry. Take off all the doors, take out the drawers and remove any loose shelving or other unattached items from the cabinets. This will also get them to be lighter and simpler to move when you take the actual cabinets out.

Disconnect and Remove Appliances:

With the doors and shelves off it will be easier to cabinet price see if there are any electrical or water connections in the cabinetry that’s connected to your appliances. Make sure to turn the water off before disconnecting items like sinks and dishwashers. And switch off the electrical breakers and any other electrical service to your kitchen while taking out the electrical appliances and cabinets.

Remove the Existing Counter Top:

Look inside the base cabinets and find the screws where the counter top is attached to them. In some instances there may also be screws holding the counter top to your back wall. Remove any kind of screws or other attachments and remove the counter tops before you start to take out the cabinets. One special thing to consider is your dishwasher. It may be simpler to uninstall and remove the dishwasher after you get rid of the countertop.

Remove the Base Cabinets First:

Once you have the counter top off and all appliances taken out, look inside of your base cabinets and remove any screws or fasteners holding them to the back wall or floor. You can make your work much easier by taking out the base cabinets before you start on the wall units. Once the base cabinets are out of the way it will be easier to get underneath the wall cabinets and hold them while they are unscrewed from the wall.

There might be toe kick strips that run full length at the bottoms of your base cabinets. It is easier if you remove these strips first before you start taking out the individual cabinets.