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How to Reconfigure Cabinets

Customizing cabinets to fit your own needs is a simple process. Learn how to reconfigure cabinets with these easy step-by-step directions.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prepare for the New Cabinets

First, you'll need to lay some drop cloths down in order to protect the new flooring.

Disconnect the plumbing and then remove the old sink.

To remove the large counters around the sink in half, use a reciprocating saw, being careful not to cut into the face frame.

Find the weak spots and pry out the countertops, being careful of older nails poking through in older counters.

use reciprocating saw to remove large counters

Step 2: Remove a Section of the Base Cabinet

Remove a section of the base cabinets by carefully cutting the rail along the top and bottom stile using a Japanese pull saw.

Use a reciprocating saw to cut through the back frame.

Pry off the side of the cabinet.

japanese pull saw used to reconfigure cabinets




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