Cabinet Install - Putting It All Back Together!

Now that the old kitchen cabinets and countertops have been removed, the electrical and plumbing work has been completed, the flooring has been patched and repaired, and the new appliances and cabinetry have been delivered, it's time to begin the cabinet installation!

A few months ago, Wendy blogged about the value of a good installer and I couldn't agree with her more!  I always recommend to my clients that they use a professional kitchen and bath installer for their project.  Be sure to check with your authorized Dura Supreme dealer to see if they offer installation as part of their services.

The installation of my kitchen begins with Darryl verifying the floors are level.  Since it is critical that the new cabinets be installed level (horizontal) and plumb (vertical), Darryl takes his time finding any high spots in the floor and making necessary adjustments during the install to ensure that the cabinets are installed correctly.

Check for Level

Now it's time to install the first two cabinets.  For my design, Darryl begins the installation with the base cabinets in the corner.  Your installer may choose to start with the wall cabinet corner installation.  There is no right or wrong order to install the cabinets it's just a matter of preference.  Since the first few cabinets are the most critical in the installation, Darryl takes his time to ensure that they are installed level and plumb using shims as necessary before securing them to the walls with the installation screws provided with our cabinets.

Level and Plumb. Cabinet Installation on the job.

After the corner cabinets are installed the next few cabinets go in quickly and Darryl checks each cabinet to ensure that they are level.  The installation of the sink base cabinet can be tricky as precise measurements are needed to make the cut-outs for the plumbing connections.  For my kitchen, the supply lines come up through the floor which means cutting through the cabinet bottom and the drain line goes out through the wall which means cutting through the cabinet back.

Sink Cabinet in the process of being installed.

Cabinetry installation, Tools of the Trade

Clamps are used to align the cabinet face frames and hold them tightly together allowing Darryl to pre-drill holes for the installation screws.  In addition to pre-drilling the holes, Darryl also drills a slightly larger hole to allow the screws to be countersunk into the cabinet face frames.

Kitchen Island Install on the job site

Since an island is installed in the middle of the room and not along a wall, blocking needs to be installed to the floor so that we have something to secure the island cabinetry to.  After careful measuring and using painters tape to mark the floor, Darryl is ready to install the blocking to the floor.

Island Blocking on the job site

Next the island cabinets are set in place and secured to the blocking on all four sides of the island.  The installation screws will be covered by the toe kick material and won't be visible.

Kitchen Island Installation on site.

One of the last steps in the install process is to install the toe kick and any decorative molding, such as crown molding and light rail molding.  After making the miter joints on the molding, Darryl applies stain (which was provided in Dura Supreme's Touch-up Kit) to the cut ends of the molding to eliminate any raw wood from being exposed after installation.

Molding Install during a kitchen renovation

In addition to using brad nails to install the light rail molding, a good installer will also add a few screws to ensure that the molding is properly secured to the wall cabinets.

Light rail molding installation on the job

Stay tuned for my next blog post where I will be discussing countertops, backsplash tile, final plumbing, and appliance installation which all need to be completed before I can reveal the finished product.