It has been a long time since you changed the look of your kitchen. Everyone is used to the same interior design for years now. After long contemplation and consultation with the family, you decide to renovate it and give it a new look. Well, the kitchen cabinets are unarguably the center of the topic. They occupy the most significant space and need the most work.
If you don’t know how to go about it, worry not. We are here for you. This detailed guide will take you to step by step on how to replace a lazy Susan cabinet. This process isn’t rocket science, but as easy as ABC. The whole process entails the use of energy, so there isn’t fault in calling in your friend for additional hands.
Replacing your Lazy Susan Cabinets entails two processes; removing the old Lazy Susan Cabinets and then replacing them with the new sets. With that said, here are the steps to follow.
Removing Old Lazy Susan Cabinets
1. Gather all the supplies
The first step involves gathering all the tools and materials that you will require. These are inclusive of:
- Crowbar or Pry bar
- Utility knife
- Putty knives
- Furniture pads
- Scrap wood for support in case you are alone
If you’re planning on disposing of these old cabinets, you can opt to call in a dumpster to get rid of the debris and clear all the mess that will be made.
2. Prepping your kitchen
Prepping your kitchen is safety and precautionary measure that we emphasize a lot on. Shut off the electricity at the main box. Once the power is off, remove any inset lighting from your cabinet. After this, cover both the top and low cabinets
Next, prepare your Lazy Susan Cabinet for removal. Empty the cabinets of any valuables and leave it empty. Disconnect the cabinets from any hidden electrical connections. Use the drill to remove the cabinet doors by unscrewing the hinges. The crowbar is an excellent alternative if you want to speed up the process.
Remove the shelves if necessary. Remember to have your protective clothing, gloves, and goggles at all times. Accidents might occur, and you want to be ready for them.
3. Removing the exterior elements
The exterior elements to be removed include the caulk and molding. Use your utility knife to cut off the caulks that connect the cabinets to the wall. For the molding, you can use a hammer and wedge a pry bar underneath the trim and pull it up from the cabinet.
In this step, be cautious not to cause any damage to the cabinets. You aren’t in a hurry, and so everything should be done at a slow pace.
4. Separating the cabinets
The prefabricated cabinets might be connected, and you need to separate them. Use a drill to remove the screws which connect the cabinets. Although the cabinets will still be attached, they will be loose.
5. Remove the cabinets from the wall
Remove the cabinets from the wall is the final step in this first part. Remove the cabinets from the wall. To do this, ensure that the cabinets have enough support to avoid damaging them. Begin by removing the screws that are closest and work your way up. The final screw should see you lift the cabinet safely from the wall. Do this for all the units.
Installing New Lazy Susan Cabinets
You are done with the first part and now coming to the next- installing the new Lazy Susan Cabinets. Just like the first process, this also shouldn’t be a difficult one. Here are the steps to follow.
1. Positioning the Cabinet
The first step entails positioning the cabinets on the adjacent wall where it will lie. The cabinets should be installed in pairs to ensure that they fit precisely.
2. Work on the cabinets
The next step is to insert shims at the front edges and exposed ends of the cabinet. Doing this should flush a horizontal line about a quarter an inch away from the plumb line. The plumb line is to indicate whether the positioning of the cabinet is right.
3. Clamping the edges together
Next in line is clamping together the top corners of the cabinets. Do this so that the face frame overhangs the base cabinet by a quarter inch. Insert a quarter of an inch of the shim between the cabinets to balance the space between the edges.
4. Attaching the Cabinets to the Wall
Use three-inch screws to attach the cabinets to the wall. Before doing this, you first need to drill holes inside the rails. We don’t recommend that you drive the screws too tight yet as there are high chances that you will spend more time shimming the cabinets after on the last step until they’re right. This, however, doesn’t mean that you should leave them loose. They need to sit reasonably stable.
5. Cross-checking the cabinets
Cross-check the cabinets to ascertain that they’re level and plumb in all directions. They should align correctly with each other and the reference lines. You can now re-install the screws securely and tighten the shim in place. Proper installation depends on how tight the screws are.
6. Congratulate Yourself
You have done an excellent job, and it’s only prudent that you congratulate yourself together with your partner. Each good deed deserves a reward. Now that the replacement process is done, you can move to other projects such as painting the new Lazy Susan Cabinets.
We have concluded the article, and one thing is for sure- replacing your Lazy Susan Cabinet isn’t as complicated and intimidating as it seems. Whether you find the removing process simpler than the installation, or the other way around, one thing is common in both of them- the processes entail total caution.
You don’t want to damage your cabinets in the process of installing new ones; otherwise, it will be zero work. With this said, we have stayed true to our course and provided you with a simple and clear guide in a simple language that is easily understood. The ball is now in your court.