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House Addition/Renovation #9: Installing Kitchen Cabinets

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 05-14-2019 01:17 PM 207 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Hanging Drywall And Painting Part 9 of House Addition/Renovation series Part 10: Sub panel and New Flooring »

As of the end of the last post, we ended with painting the Kitchen walls. Today’s post will reflect mostly the challenges faced when installing the Cabinets. First, I would like to acknowledge the fact that I purchased these cabinets from Lowe’s. Although I thought that I could easily make cabinets for a fraction of the cost (as evidenced by this miter saw station ), the overall scope of the addition project led me to feel like I had enough work to do, and building cabinets would add an extra 2 months minimum to the project.

We did a ton of design work even before we broke ground and the project began. Here was a picture of a display we saw at Lowe’s that the wife really liked:

We knew that we would have a window and slightly more room to work with, so we decided that we were going to add floating shelves on either side. The floating shelves that Lowe’s offered were very expensive and could not be cut to size, probably because they were filled with cardboard, so I promised my wife i’d build some fore her later. We also want to switch the refrigerator to the adjacent wall and leave more room for counter space next to the stove for food prep.

It started with fastening down the 5/8” pine panels for the subfloor and putting the stove back in place:

Then the cabinets were delivered in boxes. Lots and lots and lots and lots of boxes.

There were some boxes with visible damage due to transit,

and as I unpacked the boxes I noticed some cabinets with damage to the doors or face frames.

One cabinet was completely split on the back end, which was causing it to fall apart. Cheap particle board…

The back panel (shown below still in packaging) which would be used for the island also showed damage

So I had to call and reorder all of the pieces damaged due to shipping, which wasn’t difficult, but they told me it would be another 2 weeks before the replacements would be in. So for now, we just get to put the base cabinets in place and look at them, but not mount or use them.

Sooooo let’s fast forward two weeks…

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The items FINALLY came in and we were able to start mounting the wall Cabinets. I started in the corner and figure everything would work its way out from there.

Notice the outlet above the range? Don’t forget to cut out the back of the cabinet so the microwave has power!

A few beers later the left side of the “L” shape was all installed and looking good.

And then the right side:

Before we could install the Island, I had to remove the old sink. Since our countertops wouldn’t be in for at least another 4 weeks, We planned on just hooking it up to the new plumbing so we could get running water. Luckily The wife was there to help me move it after i disconnected the plumbing.

And I had a special helper holding the flashlight when I reconnected the new plumbing!

With the last of the old out of the way we were able to get all of the rest of the sub floor installed and the island cabinets in. I mounted 2×4’s directly to the sub-floor and was able to attached the island cabinets to them. This took a lot of measuring, cursing, remeasuring, and drawing on the sub-floor.

and that is where I’m going to end this post. If you notice there is no microwave, you are correct. Since our existing microwave was 9 years old and suffered some damage during the demo/construction, we decided to wait and buy a new one. For now, all of the cabinets are installed, and we are now waiting for the counter tops to be measured, made, and installed.

Thanks for stopping by the check it out. The next post will include the flooring conundrum and getting the microwave in.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails



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majuvla

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#1 posted 05-14-2019 01:23 PM

Amaizing kitchen… Just amaizing!!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Tooch

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#2 posted 05-14-2019 01:31 PM

Thanks ivan

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 05-14-2019 01:32 PM

Super kitchen, Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Tooch

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#4 posted 05-14-2019 01:34 PM

thanks, Jim

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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hoss12992

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#5 posted 05-14-2019 06:11 PM

That kitchen is awesome. Great job buddy

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#6 posted 05-15-2019 07:31 AM

Wow, this is going to be great. It is always a relief when you get the other side of demo and can see the plan coming together.

-- Big Al in IN

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