How to Remove Kitchen Cupboards

Updated February 21, 2017

Kitchen renovation is time-consuming and expensive. One way to save costs is to handle simple projects yourself. Kitchen cupboards can be removed with a few tools and if they are disassembled carefully, may be salvaged for use in another room of your home, or donated.

Turn off electricity and shut off water valves under the sink.

Disconnect and remove the faucets, sink, and connectors.

Unplug and remove the stove, refrigerator, and any other appliances if they are in the way, and move them out of the room.

Using the utility knife, score along the edge of the countertop to cut through caulking or adhesive attaching the countertop to the cabinets.

Using the pry bar, pry up the countertop. You may need the reciprocating saw to cut it into manageable pieces for removal.

Empty and remove all drawers from cabinets.

Using the screwdriver, unscrew the doors from the cabinets and remove hardware.

Using the pry bar, and hammer if necessary, pry off the toe kicks along the bottom of the cabinets.

Unscrew the lower cabinets from the wall.

Use the pry bar to remove trim or decorative facing, if any, at the top of the cabinets that reach the ceiling.

Depending on how the shelves are attached to the upper cabinets, use the screwdriver or hammer to remove the shelving. You may be able to simply slide them out.

Unscrew cabinets from the wall and carefully remove them.


Protect flooring with a slip-proof tarp or old sheet before beginning the project.


Wear safety goggles. Solicit the help of at least one other person when removing upper cabinets. Once the screws are removed, they will be heavy.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Pry bar
  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Reciprocating saw
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Lee Weal began writing and editing online content as a corporate intranet administrator in 2000 and was also the publisher and editor of a monthly employee newsletter. Her articles specialize in children's issues and home improvement.