Last week I shared with you how I tore out the soffit and raised the cabinets on one side of the kitchen. Was Doug surprised when he came home?! To be honest, he wasn’t as ShOcKeD as I anticipated. In his defense, it is a “norm” for me to take on projects, and for some reason I get itchin’ to do it when he is gone. Serves as good motivation to surprise him I guess ;) The AWESOME thing is that he is extremely supportive of my love for this type of work, but under one condition….that I don’t drag him into helping me all the time ;)
…But every now and then I give him that puppy dog face that he can’t resist, and he becomes my partner in crime! Which is why I want to share with you how much easier and faster it was to raise the cabinets on the other side of the kitchen!
I obviously was so tickled when Doug agreed to help me that I didn’t take NEAR as many pictures of the pRoCeSs! In fact, due to having a helper this time around we were able to demo the soffit, raise cabinets and finish the left side of the kitchen (below) in 2 hours! That’s right…2 hours! To get started, here is a before picture:
Same process, just much faster with two people! (for more details instructions, visit Kitchen Makeover: Raising Cabinets)
As you can see below, we threw plastic over the stove and counters for easy cleanup. I learned my lesson after doing the demo without it last time ;)
We raised the cabinet on the end first (as the white rectangle BELOW shows where the cabinet use to be). This made raising the cabinets a breeze because all we had to do is go straight up. Didn’t have to worry about keeping them level because they stayed flush to the cabinet next to it! We just worked our way across the kitchen, unscrewing and raising one cabinet at a time. We also didn’t mess with taking the food out of all the cabinets at the same time. With each cabinet we moved, we took out the food, raised it, and then put everything back. Super easy!
Notice the cabinet above the stove in the picture below. We didn’t raise this cabinet to avoid messing with the range hood and exhaust vent. I decided I would eventually make a new cabinet and door which would maximize our storage space and hide the pipe! You’ll get to see how that turned out in a future post!
To recap, here is a BEFORE picture of the left side of the kitchen (that I took a few years ago!)
And here it is AFTER!
The cabinet above the stove is the only one that stayed where it was originally. And in the meantime I tried to make the exhaust pipe “pretty” by throwing a plant up there Ü
One more thing, notice the 2 small cabinet doors above the microwave…
…and then how I removed them in this “after” picture. I think I am digging the idea of open shelving ;) And speaking of shelving, see all that extra wall space we created by raising the cabinets? Stay tuned for pictures on how it looked once we added open shelving under all of the raised cabinets!
We did It! (**I couldn’t help but do the Dora song and dance**) What a great project for a Saturday morning. Tackled it right after breakfast and we were done by lunch! I wish all projects were that quick.
Next week I hope to share the different changes I made in the kitchen by PAINTING! Here is a sneak peek…Have a good weekend!