The first thing we did was go to a cabinet outlet place and purchase two cabinet units that totaled the approximate size that I needed to go in that area. The long term plan is to paint the cabinets so I didn't need to worry about the finish color. We just needed to look at the overall cabinet style.
Now it was time for demo!
|Remove your drawers and unscrew all visible screws.|
|Using a utility knife cut any caulk or sealant around the base of the cabinet and along the countertop.|
|Now the fun begins! Use a crow bar and start ripping off trim pieces that are holding the cabinet in.|
|It might take a lot of muscle, but begin to yank the cabinet away from the wall.|
Now it's time to demo that awful tile. Honestly the neutral tile wasn't THAT bad, but the irridescent "accent" tile HAD to go! Once we decided to raise the counter height there was no question that the backsplash had to be removed.
|Using a hammer crack the tiles in several places. Then using a Bent Scraper and a small crow bar remove the tiles. Keep the scraper flush with the wall and tap it with a hammer, then gently pry from the wall.|
|It's a 50/50 chance you're going to do serious damage to your wall when you remove your tile. Using a putty knife begin to layer on Joint Compound to fill in the damage. This may take several coats just to make it level!|
So demo is done! We'll worry more about the backsplash next week. Right now we just want to focus on getting the cabinets installed.
|The most important joint is where the cabinets line up in front. This needs to be completely flat with no gaps. Screw the two cabinets together.|
|Make sure your cabinet is level and then attach it to the wall using screws. Make sure you screw into the studs! You can use thin pieces of 1/8" shim to prop up any of the four corners of your cabinet to make it level.|
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