Yes, the primary approach to remodeling the cabinets is without removing the countertop. This method is to remove the cabinets from underneath the countertop slowly. The main thing you must be careful about when doing this is ensuring adequate support to keep the countertop from falling on you or the floor. The most common approach is to use 2x4s or a table to support the countertop while removing the cabinets. (Ensure you undo the screws connecting them to the walls first.) Once removed, ensure you scrape off any glue residue on the bottom of the countertops before installing the new cabinets.
The second potentially more accessible method is refinishing the existing cabinets instead of replacing them. This can be done in four easy stages:
- Prep all the kitchen surfaces: clean surfaces, tape off the countertops and appliances for protection, and remove doors and hardware (and mark which doors go to which cabinets).
- Once the cabinets are completely dry from cleaning, removing the existing stain, varnish, or paint is time.
- Then use an electric sander or fine grit sandpaper to remove any remaining paint, ensuring you don’t take off too much and damage the cabinet’s integrity.
- Prime and paint or stain. The primer is crucial to ensure the finish you want bonds well to the cabinets. Then, it’s down to painting or staining until they look beautiful.
- Then you must reinstall the cabinet doors and hardware, clean off the protective taping around the countertop, and enjoy your beautiful new cabinets.