September 1, 2016

How to install a kitchen

How to install a kitchen

 Hi peeps,

thank you for finding your way to my blog.  Today I will give you some helpful tips on how to install a kitchen.  Let me tell you first thought that I wasn’t the one installing our kitchen, hubby did it with a friend of his and he was actually really sneaky about.

So hubby loves to surprise me in a straaange way sometimes (for instance when he shaves his head).  So yes he loves doing these type of things and he surprised me more than once when it came to our kitchen…  First he kinda lied about the delivery date just so he could surprise with an early delivery of our kitchen one day after work and then he lied about when he was planning on installing it, so I could once again come home to a nice surprise.  He is weird, we all know it.

Anywayyyy, as I was saying hubby was the one who installed the kitchen without me and honestly I am happy about that.  (It probably would have taking so much longer with my help, let’s be honest… ) Nonetheless the nerd he is, he actually wrote himself a checklist which I will share with you today.  Shall we?

Tools you need to install a kitchen:

  • Speed Square
  • Paddle Bits
  • Level
  • Straight Edge
  • Pull saw
  • Pin Nailer
  • Tile drill bit
  • Jig saw blade for sink straight cuts
  • Drill bit with countersink at 2-1/2”
  • Scribe

 

Prep work:

  • Make Story Stick and mark 34-1/2” from bottom and 30” from top.  For those of you that don’t know what a story stick is, check this out here.
  • Find high spot with SS
  • Make level lines at 36″
  • Find and mark studs on both lines with vertical laser
  • Mark cabinet layouts on both level lines
  • Prep plumbing
Want a free Kitchen Installation Guide? Click right here!

Wall Cabinets:

  • Lay cabinets onto their backs
  • Clamp, pre-drill & screw face frame stiles together
    • Anywhere you cut, paint it with supplied paint pens
    • If there is a filler, reinforce the back of cabinets with 2x4s at filler gap size plus 1/2”
  • Stand up cabinets, shim, then screw backs together
  • Transfer stud lines to cabinets and pre-drill four screw holes in each line from the back of the cabinets
  • Mount ledger to studs
  • Loosely screw cabinet to wall with four screws through back
    • Level and plumb, then tighten screws
  • NOTE: Screw corner cabinet to at least one (preferably two) of its side cabinets before installing

 

Base Cabinets:

  • Lay cabinets onto their backs
  • Clamp, pre-drill & screw face frame stiles together
    • Anywhere you cut, paint it with supplied paint pens
    • If there is a filler, reinforce the back of cabinets with 2x4s at filler gap size plus 1/2”
  • Stand up cabinets, shim, then screw backs together
  • Transfer stud lines to cabinets and pre-drill four screw holes in each line from the back of the cabinets
    • Also pre-drill water/sewage holes in sink base from front to back
    • NOTE: don’t forget to pre-drill holes in the side of the pantry
  • Loosely screw cabinet to wall with four screws through back
  • Level and plumb with shims, then tighten screws
  • Trim off excess shims
As you can tell hubby loves to write down clear instructions just so he won’t forget anything which can happen, he is REEEEAAALLY forgetful.
So that’s how hubby installed the kitchen.  Below is a picture of how the kitchen looked like without the island and with the counter top on them.  As you can see we weren’t quite done yet when we took this picture.  Follow me on Instagram to see more pictures of our kitchen!
 Don’t forget to get your free Kitchen Installation Guide here!

Click here to find out how we stained our counter tops and here if you want to learn how to pick the right kitchen design.  Digging the farmhouse style?  Here are my favorite farmhouse decor items for the kitchen.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I will talk to you in my next post.  Happy renovating!
Sabrina

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13 Comments

  • Reply Colette @ restyle it wright September 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Those are some fun surprises! I’d love to come home to a fresh installed kitchen and appliances 🙂 That’s a great husband!

    • Reply Sabrina September 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you Colette, I didn’t mind myself!

  • Reply Lora September 3, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Yes – a killer surprise – that is awesome! Love your kitchen, and I’m impressed with your hubby’s skills!

  • Reply Zan September 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    How special that he surprised you with a large project like this. I bet you are so happy with the kitchen plus all the other fun little surprises he throws your way. Very nice!!

    • Reply Sabrina September 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Yes, I love every single one of them!!!

  • Reply Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins September 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    What a great surprise! Your hubby is super handy!

    • Reply Sabrina September 10, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Shani, he really is!

  • Reply Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things September 10, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    What a great tutorial! And the kitchen cabinets look beautiful! Love a husband that can surprise you, especially with an early kitchen delivery!! Not so sure about the surprise shaved head haha 😉

    • Reply Sabrina September 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you Sarah, that is so sweet of you to say! Yeah I didn’t like the shaved head myself but luckily his hair has grown back by now 🙂

  • Reply Kevin E. Brown September 27, 2016 at 8:29 am

    The instruction is really useful. I bet you were so happy to get such a surprise. Wish I can do that with my wife. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Sabrina September 28, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      I am glad you think they are useful Kevin! I was beyond happy and I am sure you can find other ways to surprise your wife! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Kelly October 4, 2016 at 1:07 am

    The cabinets look great and what a detailed instruction list for installing them – very helpful!

    Best,
    Kelly

    • Reply Sabrina October 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you Kelly, I am glad you like them ?

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