Step 2: Begin the assembly

set the cabinets
Photo: Thomas-Rouchard Studio
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Begin the assembly by setting the two over-the-refrigerator cabinets onto the toekick. Center the two units under the window, then clamp them together with their face frames perfectly flush.

The cabinets used here feature solid-maple raised-panel doors, concealed hinges, and a honey-tone Spice Maple finish. The total cost of all the cabinets and prefinished molding was around $1,700. If that's a budget-breaker, you can save up to 40 percent by using plastic-laminate cabinets or oak cabinets with recessed, flat-panel doors.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Finish nailer
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • bar clamps
      Clamps
    • flat prybar
      Thin prybar
    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • Countersink bit
      Counter-sink drillbit
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun

    Shopping List

    1. STOCK KITCHEN CABINETS
    with matching trim and plywood skins

    2. UPHOLSTERED SEAT CUSHION

    3. CONTACT CEMENT
    used to adhere prefinished plywood skin to assembled cabinets

    4. PAINTBRUSH AND PAINT ROLLER
    used to apply contact cement

    5. 1½-INCH FINISHING NAILS
    for attaching trim pieces to cabinets

    6. 2x2 BLOCKS
    used to raise overall cabinet height to ceiling

    7. 2½- AND 3-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS
    for joining together cabinets and assembling toekick

    8. WOOD SHIMS
    used to level toekick

    9. LATEX CAULK