Removing kitchen cabinets is an essential part of a kitchen renovation. The good thing is that wall-mounted cabinets can usually be removed without damage, which means you can reuse the cabinets if you wish. But we often can’t figure out how to remove the kitchen cabinet. First, prepare the room by removing all dishes, pots, and pans from the cabinets.
After this, turn off the water and electricity in your kitchen. Remove the molding, detach the cabinets, and disconnect them from the walls one by one. With a little patience, you can easily remove these cabinets without hiring a professional. Here are the steps on how to remove the kitchen cabinet.
Step 1: Preparation of the cabinet for demolition
Clear the cabinets: Pots, cutlery, pots, pans, and anything else stored in the cabinet that should be removed before work begins. These may break during the removal process if not stored securely. They will also add extra weight to the cabinet and make them more difficult to remove.
Turn of the sink and water supply: Base cabinets usually attach to the countertop, which means you’ll have to remove the countertop. The first step in removing the countertop is to remove the sink, so turn off the sink’s water supply to prevent flooding.
Cut off the electricity of the kitchen: As you remove the countertops, you will be working around electrical outlets and may have to move some wires out of the way. Stay safe by turning off the power in this area. Go to the breaker box in your home. Open it up and find the circuit breaker that controls the electricity in your kitchen. If installed correctly, the switch should be labeled. Turn on the fuse that turns your cooker to the “Off” position.
Remove any molding or trim from the cabinet: Decorative molding and trim are usually attached loosely with staples or small nails and it comes off easily. Use the claw of a pry bar or hammer to remove them. Insert the blade between the trim and the cabinet. If the gap is tight, give a few taps with the hammer to get the lever into the crack. Then keep kneading till the edge comes out.
Tools required on how to remove the kitchen cabinet
- electric drill or driver
- voltage/current detector pen
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- a helping hand
Step2: Detaching of the cabinets
Remove the lighting if there is any: If it turns on, the wire is still hot and you will need to go back to turn off the correct breaker box. Once you are sure that there is no power to the light, locate and remove the screw holding the light in place. Most of the time these screws are inside the light itself. Remove the light cover and locate and remove the screw (image 2). If you prefer to remove the light altogether, disconnect the supply line by unscrewing the wire nuts. Be sure to disconnect the copper ground wire as well.
Detach the cabinets from each other: Your cabinets are attached in two places: to each other and to the walls. If you are removing more than one cabinet, separate them from each other first.
Locate the screws on the interior wall and use a screwdriver to remove the screws. There are usually 2-3 screws on each side of the cabinet.
Detach the cabinet from the walls: Once the cabinets are separated from each other, you are ready to remove them from the wall. Locate the screws holding the top of the cabinet to the wall.
These will be either inside the cabinet or on the top edge of the cabinet depending on whether your cabinets are flush with the ceiling. Once you find all the top screws, use a screwdriver to remove them. The cabinets should now be attached to the wall with only the bottom screws.
Locate the bottom screws on the cabinet: These are located below or inside. If you have more than two screws on the bottom of your cabinet, unscrew the screws on the sides first (leave the middle screw for last).
Most importantly, make sure the cabinet doesn’t fall and hurt you or damage anything underneath it. Ask a friend to help you with this process.
Remove the final screw: Have your friend hold the cabinet while you remove the last screw from the bottom of the cabinet. Once the last screw is freed, your cabinet will collapse.
If you’ve removed all of the side screws and top screws on the cabinet, it should come off the wall easily. If the cabinet doesn’t finish, it’s still attached to something. Locate the last screw and remove it, being careful not to drop it when removing the cabinet.
Step 3: Removing the base cabinet
Pull out the cabinet drawers first: Base cabinets often have drawers instead of shelves. Empty the drawers before removing them. There are many types of drawers. Free-rolling drawers should come off easily. Take out the first drawer until it stops, then lift it up. This should remove the cabinet from its chair, allowing you to slide the drawer in completely.
Remove the sink: Removing base cabinets requires more demolition than removing wall cabinets. The first step is removing the kitchen sink. Begin by opening all the pipes leading to the sink. Then cut through the sealant and remove the sink from the countertop. Finally, pick it up and move it out of the way.
Double-check that the water is turned off before you start any work on the sink. If the water remains open then any mistake can lead to flooding. Wear gloves to avoid cutting yourself if the sink has jagged edges.
If you’re buying a new sink, don’t worry about damaging the sink. If you are reusing the sink, be careful to avoid damaging it when removing it.
Remove the screws holding the cabinet together: Screwing base cabinets is less common than wall cabinets, but it is still possible. Look at the inside of the cabinets and see if there are any screws connecting the cabinets. Take it off if you see it.
Remove the screws that attach the cabinet to the wall: Look at the back of the base cabinet and find the row of screws holding it to the wall. Remove all these screws.
Screwing on the back of cabinets can be tricky. If necessary put your head in and use the flashlight to find them all. Even if you lose just one, you won’t be able to remove the cabinets.
Repeat the same process for each base cabinet: You may need to remove several lower cabinets. Follow these steps to remove each one safely, and remember to keep loose cabinets in a safe place where they won’t trip.
Continue to work cautiously as you go. Keep your gloves and goggles on, and hold the cabinets tight so you don’t drop them on your foot.
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