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How to Safely Demolish a Kitchen

Kitchen demolition includes appliance and cabinet removal. Learn how to safely demolish your kitchen for a remodel with these easy step-by-step instructions.

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  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Remove Old Cabinets

Start this project by cleaning out the old cabinets.

Remove the cabinet doors and drawers.

Label the backs of the drawers, so you know where to replace them.

label drawers on back for easy replacement

Step 2: Remove the Rest of the Cabinets

Take off the cove molding along the soffit with a pry bar.

Unscrew the cabinet unit from the soffit and remove the cabinets.

Throw away the old cabinet doors, molding, old hinges, etc.

Note: You'll need to rent a 6-yard dumpster for all of the trash removal. A dumpster usually rents for approximately $200.

remove cabinets from soffit

Step 3: Remove the Appliances

Shut off the water and cut the copper water-supply line to the refrigerator.

Turn off the main gasline to the stove and disconnect the supply line at the back of stove.

Remove the appliances, and note that it's best to use an appliance dolly for the job.




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