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8-Hour Retro: Out with the Old

A kitchen is prepared before the installation of a sink and countertop.

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  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Clear Out the Kitchen

First, you'll need to clear out the kitchen. Move out the appliance with an appliance dolly. Detach the cabinet doors and label them (Image 1) for easier assembly later.

Step 2: Remove the Sink

Remember to turn off the water! If you're unsure of how to unhook your supply lines, drain lines and garbage disposal, call a plumber. On drop-in sinks you can use a nut driver or screwdriver (Image 1) to take out retaining clips (if they are rusted, gently break them off).

Safety Alert: When working on your back it's best to wear eye protection. Wearing gloves, pull out the retaining ring (Image 2) and then pull out the sink.

Step 3: Remove the Countertop

Use a reciprocating saw to cut through the counter (Image 1). Don't cut through the cabinet base frame underneath because you will need it to support the new counter. Pull off the rest of the countertops.

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  • Aluminum moldings (Nostalgic 50's Collection) and cap for counter backsplash from Eagle Mouldings
  • Stainless bar handles (model: O1W83.10) from Lee Valley Tools
  • New Classics toaster (model: T75r/color: Diner Red); New Classics Round Belgian Waffle Baker (model: 200/color: Chrome); Retro toaster oven (model: 372/color: Chrome) from Toastmaster Inc.