How to Install Kitchen Cabinets | Ask This Old House

How to Install Kitchen Cabinets | Ask This Old House



so you've done most of the demo yourself right yes okay and also the design work you had a hand in app but you hired a designer which is a nice little touch although in this case the designer was free came with the purchase of the cabinets that's a great deal and it's always good to have a design because they come up with ideas that you never think of in your case you've got a good deal because it came with the cabinet's so walk us through the new design okay um the refrigerator is going to remain the same everything pretty much going to be the same the stove is going to be there right where it was before and the sink is going to be right where it was before well that's a savings right there because you have this 220 line for the range that's going to say if you don't want to have to move that plumbing stays so no rough plumbing work beautiful you're saving a lot of money that means there are a couple of small differences you'll notice that the old cabinet run stopped here we're going to add another cabinet take the counter a little bit further the air conditioning has to stay so this is just going to be a lower and then we're going to put a second lower right here and that's going to create a little bit of a peninsula area oh that's really going to define this space nicely good idea all right Serena here is the cabinet that you picked out it's an ivory color and it's the one I liked all right now you also did something was pretty smart to save some money you bought cabinets that were broken down they came flat and had to be assembled right but that doesn't take much time to put them together all the pieces are in the box you just screw them together and you didn't forgo any quality because we're not looking at any particle board here we have got plywood here for the box construction so that's good right it's a good strong cabinet we have a 30 inch cabinet on top of that cabinet is going to be a three and a half inch high crown molding I want to make sure that that crown molding overlaps the cabinet by about a half an inch so we can attach it so that gives us what 30 plus the three inches 33 inches now I check the ceiling in both directions with my level I wanted to make sure it was level this way and this way and it's pretty good okay now we measure down 33 inches that establishes the bottom of our cabinet and run a level line around the room I measure the stud locations on the wall transfer those measurements to the cabinet and pre-drill the cabinet before we install it we took the door off the cabinet because it's easy to get in there to attach the screw and we attach the cabinet to the wall you want to line there I get that one screw in there first attach it with some 3-inch screws all right doesn't check it real quick to see how it is with a level all right you got to shim that out a little bit come a little more that's good right there okay good all right now normally what I like to do is install all the upper cabinets first but we're waiting for a couple of cabinets to be shipped so the next thing we want to do is make sure we install our bottom cabinets level right so we need to establish the high point of the floor once we establish the high point of the floor we have two options we can either shim the cabinets up to that point or we can cut the bottom and scribe them to the floor right I presume shimmies a lot easier than driving absolutely all right oh I took the level and I actually went all the way around the floor and determined that the high spots right there okay so if you want a shim I guess we've got a transfer the height of our cabinets up from this spot okay cabinets are 34 and a half high measure up 34 and a half now we run a level line around the room now the first cabinet I want to install is this sink base cabinet right here now we want to make sure that it's centered over the window so we have a center line right here on the wall and we have a reference line on the cabinet also we've drilled a hole for our sewer line and the nice thing about this sink base cabinet it doesn't come with a back so we don't have to scribe around all pipes so you can see how low the floor is just over here so this is gonna have to be shipped up a little bit alright I've got mine up I'm right at the line that's it now before I make that screw real tight I actually want to put a shim in this space right here you notice that the piece on the back is kept back on the edge of the cabinet so we'll fill that gap and then tighten the screw alright now that the cabinet is screwed to the wall we want to check it to see if it's level front to back side spot on alright let's see how this one is how do you look over there alright fronts got to go up a little bit so I'll just put the shims under there okay that's it for that cabinet you dress up this end we're going to use this decorative panel and screw it from behind all right Thomas some good progress here we go all the base cabinets in we got drawer and door fronts on yep it's looking good now over here we have another issue we have a blind or dead corner now we could access it through this cabinet right here remember we have a stove or a range going right here right but I really don't want to make this a storage closet because number one we have a sewer drain here and we have a sewer clean-out I'll clean up that we have to get access to have to have access to that so rather than put a hole in the side of this cabinet what I've done is I've made up this filler right here it's a shape of a Z yeah now when I put it up against this cabinet right here it gets our filler over enough so that we're now at the face of the stove that's going to go here put a filler here puts the stove in the center right under our head above here okay and then what do we get access to this clean-out through this little panel here right because it's going to stop right here if you have to get to the clean-out you pull the stove out and you've got access to the sewer all of its ready to screw it in screw it in oh my goodness so that's it good job well that's it for the lower cabinets we can't do any more with the upper cabinets because they haven't been delivered yet but that's not going to slow any progress down we can still get the countertops tempura

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