This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Frigidaire and Lowe’s. All opinions are 100% mine.
When I first remodeled my kitchen one of the biggest things I wanted to change, but wasn’t able to at the time, was the cabinet next to the stove. It’s an awkward cabinet that causes pans to not sit on the stove correctly, and it was a magnet for food splatter. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but I did know that in the future something would have to be done! After lots of convincing my husband, we finally decided it was time to make some adjustments since we would be having our new Frigidaire Professional Convection Range installed by Lowe’s. We didn’t want anything to prevent the use of our new range so we cut the cabinet in half.
I actually thought of doing this the first round of remodeling, but then it presented the problem of the upper cabinet being to short so we decided to wait. I’m a fan of symmetry so it wouldn’t work for me to leave it as is. Today I’m going to share with you how I altered both of these cabinets to get the look I was going for!
Here’s the before:
And the final result:
It’s amazing what that little bit of counter space has given us. It has made cooking on our new range more enjoyable and provided me with additional space while cooking!
To accomplish this, you will need a few tools.
How to Alter Kitchen Cabinets:
Before we get started, I just want to say that each cabinet will be different, and you may need to adjust the process to fit what needs to be done for your cabinet. This process does also require a basic understanding of how kitchen cabinets are put together. Please do not try this if you are not comfortable making these adjustments!
First we moved our appliances out of the way, and prepared to make the first cut. I started on the right side of the cabinet. I used the circular saw for this part, and in order to keep a straight line I used a 1×4 as a fence. I just leveled it where it needed to be based on the height of the other cabinets, and attached it with screws. You will want the fence above where you are cutting because that part is coming off anyways. Do NOT put screw holes where the actual cabinet will remain!
Once I cut as much as I could with the circular saw, I had to use my multi tool to get the corners. Then I was able to remove the right side of the cabinet wall.
We continued cutting around the 3 remaining sides at the same height with the circular saw and multi tool, then we added a brace to the front of the two side walls. When measuring for this piece we were careful to make sure everything was square. Once you remove everything there is nothing keeping the front edge of the side walls from pulling inward, so it might need to be pushed out slightly or pulled in. We measured the back and then made the brace that same size so that the back wall and the front opening were the same width. Then before you attach it, make sure you are all squared up.
We attached the brace with pocket holes using our Kreg Jig. Then I just needed to add an extra piece of face framing across the top. We attached it with wood glue and brad nails. Once we were finished framing it out, we attached our countertop to the top of the cabinet and added the door. We did have to build a new door to fit the new height of this cabinet.
Then it was time to fix the upper cabinet. I need to extend it down without replacing the whole thing. So I took measurements and built a three-sided box to extend it down to match the cabinet on the opposite side.
After I got my pieces of plywood cut, I added pocket holes to attach to the existing cabinet. For the bottom of the new cabinet extension I attached it to the sides with pocket holes and wood glue.
Then I had to rip down pieces of plywood to get the same size face framing, and attached with wood glue and brad nails. These were obviously custom cabinets because everything is a different size, so that took a little extra time. Then use wood filler for all the nail holes and gaps.
Once your wood filler is dry, sand the cabinet down and prime and paint using this tutorial.
Then we just had all the little finishing projects to do, like caulking and extending the backsplash. We also cut the previous tall door in half to fit on the top cabinet. All in all though I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. It has given our kitchen a whole new look!
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