The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the house so it’s not uncommon that homeowners to want to make major changes there. Kitchen countertops and appliances can be replaced but what about cabinets? Cabinets are an integral part of a kitchen and need to be taken out with care. Here are some ways to take out your kitchen cabinets without hassle.
Evaluate your Cabinets
The first step in taking out your kitchen cabinets is to evaluate the cabinets. They are damaged or the door is missing, you will need to replace them. You can take them out without doing any damage.
If you want to reuse your old cabinets and just update their appearance with a new paint job or stain, examine the cabinets for rot and warping. Doors should be able to shut easily and when opening, hinges should be tight.
Takedown the Doors and Cabinet Fronts
First, remove all of the cabinet doors and all of the cabinet fronts. This will help with cleaning and preparing to take out the entire cabinet.
Remove the Shelves from Inside the Cabinet
The first step is to remove any shelves from the inside of the cabinet. These can be easily removed with a screwdriver, pliers, and/or a drill.
Finish Removing the Cabinet Fronts
Before you take out your cabinets, finish removing the cabinet fronts first. This will allow you to remove the doors and drawers with ease. If you leave them on, they will become a hindrance when you’re trying to move your cabinets around.
How to take Apart Laminate Countertops without Breaking them?
One of the most popular ways to take out your kitchen cabinets is by removing the laminate countertops. (This might seem like a strange way to go about it, but it’s actually quite common.)
Disposing of the Cabinets
Before you start taking out your kitchen cabinets, you will need to get rid of them. Some people will put their old cabinets in the backyard and leave them there. Others will take their old cabinets to the dump or a recycling facility. You need to be sure that your cabinets are emptied out before you can take them apart. If they are not, when you separate the two pieces that make up each cabinet, it is likely that some of the pieces will fall out and scatter on the floor.
Depending on where you live, there are different regulations for how to dispose of old cabinets. For example, some cities require homeowners to take their old furniture or appliances directly to a recycling facility or dump instead of leaving it on their property for trash pickup. If you live in an area with this regulation, it’s best to find a spot that has these services available so that you don’t have to move your cabinets twice if possible.
Before Stripping Cabinets
The first thing you should do before stripping your cabinets is to remove any items, like dishes and utensils, from the kitchen. Then, you might want to cover your floor with a few tarp sheets.
To start, you will need to remove all of the cabinet doors from the cabinets themselves. Simply find a flathead screwdriver and unscrew the hinges on the doors. This might take some muscle if they are old or rusty. Next, unscrew the hinges on the cabinet itself and then use a crowbar to pry it free from its moorings. This may take some time as well but it’s worth it in order to avoid cracks in your walls or cabinets.
If you’re worried about ruining drywall or other surfaces during this process, simply line them with plastic sheets before beginning work on them. Plastic will protect most surfaces (even glass) so it’s not too much of an inconvenience to add this extra step to your project. Next, close up all of your drawers and put them somewhere safe for now (for example: in a high spot). Now that everything has been removed from the cabinet and it’s detached from the wall there shouldn’t be any weight bearing down on top of it so you can pull out both sides at once without worry- just make sure you have a large enough space nearby for your cabinet pieces!
Clean and Prepare the Kitchen for new Cabinets
The first step is to prepare the kitchen for new cabinets. You may need to paint or otherwise prepare the room for a new look. Remove all items from the kitchen cabinet and clean the area thoroughly to remove any dust or debris that may have accumulated since you last used your cabinets. Cleaning is especially important if you are replacing your cabinets with different ones.
Choosing Cabinet Removal Tools
The first step in removing kitchen cabinets is to choose the right tools. The two most popular tools are a crowbar and a reciprocating saw. A reciprocating saw has more power and can take out a cabinet more quickly but it’s also more expensive.
Once you have taken down the kitchen cabinets and removed all the hardware, you will be able to assess them and determine if they can be reused in another room of the house or if they need to be disposed of. You will then need to remove the countertop and replace it with a new one.
The next step is to install the new cabinets. This can be done by a professional or by do-it-yourselfers, depending on how much time you want to invest in the project. More