How to Remove Kitchen Cupboards

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How to Remove Kitchen Cupboards
Save money by removing kitchen cupboards yourself. (kitchen cupboard detail image by ewa kubicka from

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.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Safety goggles
  • Pry bar
  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Reciprocating saw

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    Lower Cabinets

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Disconnect and remove the faucets, sink, and connectors.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    Empty and remove all drawers from cabinets.

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

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

  9. 9

    Unscrew the lower cabinets from the wall.

    Upper Cabinets

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Unscrew cabinets from the wall and carefully remove them.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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