Replacing Cabinets Without Removing the Countertop
Without ever disturbing the countertop, I break out the old base cabinet two at a time but always leaving support for the top. Since the top overhangs the top rail of the face frame, I cut a 1" cut from the bottom perimeter of the new base cabinet. Now it slides right under the countertop overhang. Then I prop it up with blocks and shims, screw it to the wall and add some liquid nails to where it touches under the CT. Once all the bases are installed I simply skin the exposed ends and the toe skin covers the toe kick face. Of course just R&R the uppers are put in the standard way. It is a lot of extra work on your knees but it pays the bills and no one else is doing it.
From contributor J:
Interesting idea. You've got good insurance I hope!
From the original questioner:
I never cracked any granite or SS or SSV. I have cracked some tile grout on a 4X4 ceramic CT but that was so easily fixable. If done right while always supporting it then it really is simple. I suppose I have done 15 of them without a problem.
From contributor O:
Great find of a surprising niche in the market. I can't help wonder why not just reface and skip all the risk?
From contributor H:
We have refinished whole kitchens without touching the counter top. Itís fast and easy, but different from what youíre doing. This fits the low budget makeover.
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