Removing Old Cabinets

 
 
 
Once your new cabinets arrive, have a place where you can assemble them. Line them up as they'll go in the kitchen. Inspect the finish; looking for dings, dents, and broken pieces. Be sure the color and patterns of adjacent cabinets look good together. If necessary, order replacements. Once everything has arrived and is assembled, working, and damage-free, move everything out of the kitchen: appliances, tables, chairs, sinks, rugs, pots, pans, dishes, and pictures.

 

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Step 1: Prepare the space

Step 1: Prepare the space Before you begin removing the old cabinets, clear out the shelves, drawers, and underneath the sink. If you are saving the floor, protect it with1⁄4-inch plywood or kraft paper. Start with the base cabinets.  
 

Step 2: Remove the sink

Step 2: Remove the sink

Shut off the electricity and the water. Loosen the sink and remove it from the counter. Disconnect any electrical connections beneath the sink or in the cabinets.

 

Step 3: Begin removing the countertop

Step 3: Use a heavy hammer to begin loosening the countertop

This is real demolition, but resist the impulse to just rip things out. Determine how the the countertop is attached; remove screws or nails you can reach. Use a heavy hammer to begin loosening the countertop.

 

Step 4: Pry up the countertop using a flat pry bar

Step 4: Pry up the countertop using a flat pry bar

Start in a corner and work your way along the length until the top is free. Cut the top into manageable pieces and remove debris as you work.

  

Step 5: Remove doors and drawers

Step 5: Remove doors and drawers

Pull the drawers out of their slots and remove the doors from the base frames. If you’re going to reface, start at an open end and begin removing the base cabinets. First determine how they are attached to the wall and to each other. Remove debris as you work.

  

Step 6: Remove the wall cabinets

Step 6: Remove the cabinet doors, then strip the cabinets from the walls

Remove the cabinet doors, then strip the cabinets from the walls. Once the area is clear, perform any wiring or plumbing upgrades, such as adding outlets and switches, drains and supply risers, or dishwasher hookups. Repair wall or ceiling damage and paint before you begin installing new cabinetry and fixtures.