Same cabinets - new look! Move your cabinets to create more storage space, give your kitchen a fresh look or even create a whole new layout!
Moving kitchen cabinets isn't difficult - it just requires thought, imagination, and a power drill...AND some helpers with strength!
Measure how much space you have between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling.
If you have 6" or more, move your cabinets up to supply storage options, display space or just a roomier feel to your kitchen!
Cabinets are screwed into vertical wall studs at the wood strips (called nailers) across the top and bottom of the cabinet back. (See open cabinet pictured on right.)
Each cabinet usually has two screws in each strip of wood...UNLESS the wall studs don't match the cabinet's size. Then there may be only one screw in the top and one in the bottom.
Cabinets are attached to each other, too (See screws going into closed cabinet on left) - to keep them even with one another and to give strength to the ones that didn't get screwed into two studs.
You can pretty much tell where your wall studs are by the line-up of the screws in the back of your cabinets.
To move your cabinets up to or closer to the ceiling, remove the screws holding the cabinet to the wall, slide it straight up and screw through the same holes into the stud at the higher level. (Say a little prayer that the studs are straight!)
Cabinets can stay attached to one another if you have several strong people to "catch." If you don't have enough help, unscrew each cabinet from the next and do them one by one, with at least one "catcher" helper.Remove soffits if you can. If they're just there for looks, you can demolish them, install drywall, and patch and paint areas that will be visible. CHECK WITH A PRO BEFORE HACKING UP SOFFITS!
Before you begin to move your cabinets, protect your countertops!
This staggered effect elevates the overall look and draws attention to that particular area.
A good place is over the stove to accommodate a new undermount microwave.
The raised cabinets on each side of the highest cabinet need to be matching widths (or very close) to pull this off.
Add visual interest under the cabs on each side where there's now a small space.
For staggered cabinets you could...
For single-level raised cabinets you could add...
This means changing the layout - a little or a lot - but if you can "recycle" your cabinets, the savings are huge!
You'll need some measuring and design skills - see Design MY Kitchen for info you'll need to take on this kind of project.
Working with specific size cabinets to change your layout is tricky, but it actually CAN WORK!
Tips on re-using your cabinets in a new layout:
Thinking of remodeling?
Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.
Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.
Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.
Deciding on kitchen cabinet colors?
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