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pH
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I want new kitchen cabinets. I found some nice ones that match my floors. They aren't too expensive, but even so I'll probably just have to replace the cabinets piece by piece.

Is this something that I could learn to do on my own (with someone else helping - these things are heavy, I'm sure)? Any advice would be helpful. I'm not incredibly good with tools, but I can learn.

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It's not impossible but not the easiest thing to do either. It is definately a more than one person job. I would sugguest doing the cabinets yourself and hiring someone to do the counter top.
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I suggest just calling a basic cable reality home improvement show and letting them do the whole job for you. Most of them also have at least one attractive person they bring with them, so that's an added plus.

There are so many of them now, I think they'll have done every home in the continental United States by sometime around next Thursday. If you hurry, they can probably get to you early in the week.

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Are you putting a countertop on the cabinets or mounting them to the wall? Is plumbing or electricity involved?
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Well, I want to put new cabinets on the wall. And I also want different cabinets on the floor and probably a different countertop. I don't think plumbing is involved...but I'm not really sure how one goes about replacing floor cabinets/countertops.

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Well if you want a continuous countertop, you have to order it separately from the cabinets in the final dimensions. If your sink is embedded into one of these cabinets plumbing may be involved.

Just wall cabinets are considerably easier, although you need to make sure they are anchored into studs properly.

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For the floor stuff, can I replace the cabinets first and then go back for the countertops/sink? Or does this need to be done all at once?

-pH

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Ummm

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&Ne=6000&category=Base%20Cabinets&N=0+5001892

This is what they look like without the countertop. You can look down in the top drawer, because there is no countertop above it. Not to mention it isn't a good working surface.

I'd suggest dropping by a home depot or lowes and looking at the individual components that are up and down the aisles so you can see what they look like, not the stuff in the fancy floor displays where they have already been finished.

This kinda explains it.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=Improve/kitchenisland.html#2

AJ

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quote:
How hard is it to install kitchen cabinets?
I'd need at least three beers in me before anyone could convince me to help them do it.

Hobbes [Smile]

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I don't think you want to reinstall you old sink in new counter/cabinets, and then change that out later.

One thought is a tile countertop. That can be done in stages.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hobbes:
quote:
How hard is it to install kitchen cabinets?
I'd need at least three beers in me before anyone could convince me to help them do it.

Hobbes [Smile]

This is a clever Mormon way of saying "I'm never going to help you," isn't it?
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Actually, it's just a clever Mormon.

Hobbes [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by BannaOj:
Ummm

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&Ne=6000&category=Base%20Cabinets&N=0+5001892

This is what they look like without the countertop. You can look down in the top drawer, because there is no countertop above it. Not to mention it isn't a good working surface.

I'd suggest dropping by a home depot or lowes and looking at the individual components that are up and down the aisles so you can see what they look like, not the stuff in the fancy floor displays where they have already been finished.

This kinda explains it.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=Improve/kitchenisland.html#2

AJ

I can't leave the current countertop where it is for now and put the new cabinets underneath it? And then get a new countertop later?

Also, tell me more about this tile countertop thing...

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The countertop, rests on top of the cabinets. You will have to remove the countertop in order to put the new cabinets underneath either way. After removing, a countertop (depending on what it is made out of) it may or may not be fit for re-installation.

A tile countertop consists of an
"underlayer" board covering the cabinets to create the base of the countertop. (It can be designed various ways) Then the tile is laid with mortar and grout, over that.

Here I found a great website. It also shows what cabinets without a countertop look like.

http://www.thetiledoctor.com/howto/countertops.cfm

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Here's another picture..
http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=17870&pageIndex=2

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