Looking for a DIY home project this spring? Installing new cabinets yourself might seem like a daunting task, but it is actually quite doable with the right research, preparation, and materials. Installing new cabinets can instantly give your kitchen a much-needed facelift. At Capitol Granite, we are set up to help the DIY homeowner get the quality cabinets that the trades use at a fraction of the cost.
Many homeowners shy away from redoing their kitchen cabinets in fear of a pricey bill. However, installing cabinets yourself is a great way to save money on the job. In this article, we’ll help provide some basic tips and tricks to consider when doing a DIY kitchen cabinet installation project.
Getting Started and Taking Measurements
Before you can get started, you’ll need to make sure you make all the necessary preparations for the kitchen project. First, the old cabinets will need to be removed, and you’ll need to create a layout design. You will need to measure accurately to make sure your new cabinets fit in the space perfectly.
A good cabinet installation also requires a good layout, so be sure to measure from the highest point on the floor and mark up the wall. Labeling the location of the cabinets and laying everything out in advance will make your job easier later. Don’t forget to mark the location of kitchen appliances.
If there are any issues with walls or flooring, redo them before you place new cabinets. This is also a good time to consider changing the flooring if desired.
At Capitol Granite, we can translate your measurements into an actual cabinet layout. Coming to your appointment with these measurements, as well as an idea of styles and colors you might like, can help make the process easier. Choosing your style, color, and finish is one of the most exciting steps in this whole process! Visiting a showroom can help spark kitchen cabinet inspiration, as well.
Once your cabinets are in, it’s time to get started! Always start by installing the upper cabinets before the lower. This helps limit potential damages. It is also recommended to start in a corner, where two runs of assembled cabinets will come together.
Remove the cabinet doors and drawers before installation. Then, transfer the stud locations to the cabinet and start a screw installation rail. Using a level, ensure the cabinet is completely straight. Then, mount the cabinets to the wall using appropriate hardware. Before starting this step, it is recommended to review the manufacturer guide and manual that comes with your cabinetry. This will give you helpful insight on proper installation to help to avoid installation mistakes.
After you’ve installed cabinetry, the final steps include adding countertops and reinstalling your kitchen appliances. Once everything is in place, the last step is to re-attach the cabinet doors using appropriate hardware. Soon, you’ll be on your way to enjoying brand-new kitchen cabinets!
Interested in new kitchen cabinetry? Visit Capitol Granite today! We specialize in supplying cabinets directly to new DIYers. Not ready to take on the job yourself? If you’re looking for installation services, our team is prepared for the job!