Removing your kitchen isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it’s a satisfying process. Suddenly, your kitchen is a blank canvas for your new dream kitchen.
Depending on the extent of your kitchen renovation, you might not need to remove everything. However, you do need to remove things in a certain order.
Doing it the way the experts do will help you finish faster, stay safer during the process and avoid damaging anything you still want to keep.
Prep For Removing Your Old Kitchen
Before removing your old kitchen, you need to do a little prep work. The main things you need to do include:
- Clean out all cabinets, drawers and appliances (you can keep your refrigerator and freezer going until you’re ready to move out appliances)
- Get gloves and goggles to protect yourself
- Get a large dumpster delivered if you’re throwing out cabinets, countertops, flooring, etc.
- Have your new kitchen almost ready to install, such as having new custom cabinets ready to be installed as soon as you’re finished removing everything
- Have someone to help you (never do this alone to avoid getting hurt)
Prepping means you won’t have to wait so long between removing the old and getting the new kitchen.
Since you’ll be removing your sink and appliances, you’ll need to disconnect your water, gas (if applicable) and electricity to your kitchen. This prevents leaks and shocks when trying to remove things. Often, wires run behind your kitchen cabinets, so it’s safer to turn off the electricity when you’re trying to take them down. If you know where your wires run and can take down your cabinets safely, you don’t need to turn off your electricity until you’re ready to start removing appliances and light fixtures.
Protect The Floor And Other Rooms
If you’re not changing your floors, use a drop cloth to protect them. Despite your best intentions, you will drop things when removing your old kitchen. Also, try to seal off the area by putting plastic over any entrances to other connecting rooms. This helps contain the mess while you’re working. You may also want to put down a drop cloth if you need to walk through other rooms to take out the things you’re removing.
Take Down Anything You Want To Keep
If you want to keep any light fixtures, cabinet hardware and things hanging on your walls, take them down. It’s easy for things to get broken or lost once you really start removing things. For instance, in trying to remove upper wall cabinets, you can easily break a hanging fixture.
Remove The Sink
Before you remove any cabinets or countertops, you have to remove the sink. Double-check that your water is turned off or you’ll turn your kitchen into a swimming pool. If you want to keep your sink and/or faucet fixture, store them carefully in another room or area to avoid any damage.
Remove Upper Cabinets
The next step is to remove your upper cabinets. Do this before removing your countertops. Removing your old kitchen is a lot easier when you can balance your wall cabinets on your bottom cabinets.
To remove cabinets safely, remove the doors, drawers and any other moving parts before taking them down. If you plan on giving the cabinets away, label the parts so the new owner knows how to put everything back together.
Remove Countertops And Backsplashes
Now that you’re done balancing your cabinets on the countertops, it’s time to safely remove the countertops and backsplashes. For longer sections of countertops, you may need help lifting them. If you’re not reusing them or donating them, carefully cut them into small sections.
Finally, remove your bottom cabinets. The process works the same as your upper wall cabinets. Take out any drawers, remove the doors and take out any movable storage solutions.
The last step is removing your appliances. Unless they’ll be in the exact same spot, you’ll likely need to remove your appliances. This gives you room to install new cabinets, light fixtures, countertops and more. Turn off the electricity to your kitchen before removing your appliances to avoid getting shocked.
Removing your old kitchen may take a few days. However, your new kitchen is waiting. Start the entire process by letting us build your custom cabinets for your brand new kitchen.