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How to Remove Appliances and Demolish a Kitchen

Use these step-by-step instructions from host Paul Ryan to remove major appliances and begin a kitchen demolition.

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  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Remove the Appliances

Before the demolition for this job can begin, the appliances in the kitchen must be removed. Make sure to unhook the gas line before moving the stove out, and be sure to use a dolly and have enough helpers.

Measure the exit route to make sure the appliances will fit. You may need to remove the refrigerator door.

Tip: Call your local recycling program to see if they take old appliances.

remove appliances before demolition

Step 2: Remove the Countertop and Backplash

Start with the countertop by using a circular saw to make cuts through the top to make pieces more manageable (Image 1).

Use a pry bar and hammer to remove the old backsplash (Image 2).

Step 3: Remove the Sink

Pry up the sink with a small pry bar. You may want to clip it from underneath.

Note: If you're tossing the sink, just disconnect it and remove with the counter.