I think I know the answer to this but until you ask it, you never know. I
want to remodel my kitchen and use the existing kitchen cabinets in a
basement remodel. Is there anything I should look out for in doing such?
Thoughts, as always, are appreciated.
I know the truth is out there, but I like to stay in....
: I think I know the answer to this but until you ask it, you never know. I
: want to remodel my kitchen and use the existing kitchen cabinets in a
: basement remodel. Is there anything I should look out for in doing such?
: Thoughts, as always, are appreciated.
: Edee Em
: I know the truth is out there, but I like to stay in....
Be very careful removing them....
Remove the doors first...
Have someone with you to help support the wall cabinets...
Hopefully, yours will be attached using screws... Mine weren't. I was able
to only salvage 50% of the old cabinets.
Oh yeah, empty them first <Grin>
Depends on how they were built and installed.
Today, cabinets are boxes screwed to the studs behind the wall.
Generally, four screws (two top, two bottom). Often these are hidden
by small plastic "buttons" -- just pop the button off and voila,
there's the screw. Sometimes they are hidden by fillers -- probe
gentle with an awl or the point of a utility knife -- scoop out the
filler and vioila --
Cabinets are also joined to each other ... by screws through the face
frame -- again, look around till you find them.
If yours were built that way ...put some support under the uppers ...
and pop them out.
In older homes, cabinets were sometimes built right on the wall.
These are dificult to get off -- most often, we end up removing them
gently with an axe and a reciprocating saw. Nothing except the doors
For the lowers --- your countertop should be screwed down from
underneath with one inch screws .. should be easily salvageable if
you want it. Again .. there are always some that were installed
with no thought as to how they would be taken off --- screwed from the
top and laminated over --- various glues -- all kinds of nutty things.
Hope yours were done by a pro.
I removed mine from a 1969 home recently. They were built in place, and
installed with (thankfully) double headed 8 penny nails. I remove all of
the upper cabinets over the peninsula in one piece, 10 feet. I ended up with
7 separated pieces in all. Some damage occurred. Most of the cabinets when
into the garage and I sprayed them white.
Have a few friends over for the demo party. You may need the help.
I wasn't going to reply, however, after reading the reply below
I thought this might be interesting. My original cabinets were
put in the house when it was built in 1972. I removed them
about 12 years ago and reused them in the basement. There were
no nails. All upper cabinets were screwed into the wall studs
with wood screws. The stiles (sp?) were "pulled" together with
long flat headed wood screws. Bottom cabinets were again
screwed to wall studs with wood screws. Again, the stiles were
pulled together with long flat headed wood screws. Old laminate
tops were screwed in from underneath using wood screws through
the 45 degree corner braces .... you have to remove drawers to
get to the screws. This made a nice addition to the laundry
area in the basement.
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