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Question DetailsAsked on 9/17/2013

Can new kitchen cabinets be installed without changing out the countertops?

.I have newer stone counters and want to keep them, but now, I would like to change the cabinets. I was wondering how this is done without damaging the countertops

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Not really. If the contractor is very careful and you are really lucky he might be able to pull them out and then reinstall them after the new cabinets are installed. A lot of this will have to do with how well the counters were installed in the first place. Also, the existing countertops may not line up with the new cabinets exactly in some areas as well as they do now. The better option is to have the cabinets refaced, leaving the boxes and tops in place. Unlless you have deteriorating particle board cabinets you should be able to get a carpenter to do this. If you decide to remove the countertops and install new cabinets factor in new tops and be pleasantly surprised if they can be reinstalled afterall. Realize you probably won't find a contractor willing to gurantee not damaging the tops. If you do, dig in and research him well. He likely doesn't have enough experience.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services


This is in response to the above response. Thank you so much for the information. I do have particle board cabinets...but the 'boxes' are still in good shape. I was wondering if I could just get new door and drawers?

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9405397


Yes you can reface just the doors and drawers on your cabinets which will be even cheaper. If you can read a tape measure and are a little handy with a screw driver there are many companies online that will build and ship just drawers and doors to you. Then you install them. It's by far cheaper than you will likely find from a local cabinet shop but requires a little know-how on your part. One of these online companies may be close to you and you can further save shipping costs by picking them up yourself. Often I can now order doors online cheaper than building them myself. I wouldn't try removing the face frames from the particle board boxes. You'll likely end up damaging them if the faces were glued.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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