We just had new Kraftmaid kitchen cabinets and a Corian countertop
installed. I used painter's tape on the kitchen cabinet end panels
when I painted the walls. When I removed the tape, the film on the end
panels also pulled off. Lowe's is going to give me "wood skins" to put
on the end panels. If the skins do not look right, I want to return
the cabinets with exposed end panels and replace with cabinets with
"real" wood panels.
Is it possible to remove the Corian countertop and backsplash so that I
can replace these kitchen cabinets?
The best answer to your question would come from your cabinet installer --
Your countertop is probably held in place with screws, possibly also with an
adhesive and/or caulk. We recently had to have a solid countertop removed
for other work and were able to find the screws and also cut through the
caulk and remove the top.
You didn't ask, but I suspect that trying to replace just some of your
cabinets is going to open a whole new can of worms, including matching the
colors and style, getting your new cabinets level with the old ones, etc.
Keep your fingers crossed that you're happy with the end panels you're
getting from Lowes. Regards --
Yup. Removing and replacing the countertop will probably create
some additional damage elsewhere that will have to be repaired.
Likewise, replacing one or two cabinets. I foresee an infinite
loop of repairs that require more repairs.
If those "wood skins" don't work out, I'd consider getting the
affected cabinets professionally refaced with a matching
laminate, veneer or other material as appropriate. It should
be possible to achieve a pretty much perfect result without
any further collateral damage.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Like the others said, not without a lot of pain. Can you fake it by 'picture
framing' the exposed panels with some sort of trim, in a matching wood and
finish? The 'wood skins' they are offering will probably need some sort of
corner trim to tie them into the face frame, and they will also likely need
to be scribed to the wall. Basically a piece of thin plywood, commonly used
to finish out the back side of a peninsula, like for a breakfast bar.
Good example of why I hate modern cabinets, other than the high-end custom
stuff. Chipboard covered with printed woodgrain is not a fit material for
anything actually attached to a house, IMHO, and only justifiable on
disposable furniture if you are broke. Even entry-level cookie cutters used
to have solid wood cabinets. I was just in a late-fifties tract house today
at an estate sale, and the original cabinets were still perfect. No way is
modern chipboard crap gonna last like that.
the wood skin can be installed with-out removing the cabinet or corian.
and it will match in color and finish just fine.
also if needed
the cabinet can be removed with-out removing the corian and/or
| We just had new Kraftmaid kitchen cabinets and a Corian countertop
| installed. I used painter's tape on the kitchen cabinet end panels
| when I painted the walls. When I removed the tape, the film on the
| panels also pulled off. Lowe's is going to give me "wood skins" to
| on the end panels. If the skins do not look right, I want to return
| the cabinets with exposed end panels and replace with cabinets with
| "real" wood panels.
| Is it possible to remove the Corian countertop and backsplash so that
| can replace these kitchen cabinets?
The correct way to attach Corian, specified in the DuPont installation and
fabrication manuals, is to use silicone glue *only*. And to apply it as 'dots'
every 12" or so, never continuously. And it should be supported only by
wooden strips, or the upper edges of the cabinets, never over a continuous
underlayment. So it is feasible that they can be removed with a bit of careful
knife work, using a bent-blade shop knife from within the cabinets. Whether or
not your installer did it this way is another question.
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