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Ty Webb
How to remove old built-in Cabinets (1968)

Hey everyone - recently purchased a new home and we are redoing the kitchen entirely.

The home comes with built in cabinets we don't want to keep. But they seem to be difficult to remove without destroying everything.

I'm not sure how these are built, and they are well built. It seems removal may be a chore.

Any advice on this? How to remove without wrecking drywall, or doing significant damage to the cabinets?

I have a link to photos, but apparently am not allowed to post

Thanks much in advance!

Re: How to remove old built-in Cabinets (1968)

think like the person that built them. if he didn't build the cabinets and hang them, he probably built them in place which was quite common prior to the 1940's. basically you have to work from the outside to the wall. remove the doors first, remove the shelves, remove the face frames, remove the sides then carefully remove the back from the walls. when you're done you might still have a fair amount of work patching up the walls if they were horse hair plaster over horizontal wood lath. sometimes just pulling out a nail can take a baseball sized chink of old plaster with it. if you get lucky you might just have to spackle over some small nail holes. if there are any screws through the back wall of the cabinet, make sure to unscrew them and not just rip the back of the cabinet off the wall.

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