I recently purchased a rental property that needs some major rehab. Most of the home was in decent condition, but the kitchen was in disarray. Now I’m not sure what comes to your mind when you think of a kitchen in disaster state, but allow me to set the stage for you. The floor sparkled with 1970′s peel and stick tile. The walls were merely sheet rocked and there wasn’t a cabinet or fixture in site. When I tell you it was creating a space from scratch, I mean we were challenged with having to build a new kitchen.
I had never installed cabinets before and was a bit anxious. If I got this wrong, I could pull off half the wall, or worse, break someones fine china when my cabinet work came exploding off the shelf if installed improperly. Luckily, I had a few friends over who were a bit more familiar with cabinet hanging. One friend had a particularly genius idea. Trying to find studs in a wall can be like trying to find gold in the ocean… it’s possible but you might spend your entire life looking. What complicates this further is trying to hold up a solid wood cabinet and remembering where the studs were you found to begin with.
My friends solution was simple. Take a 1 by 4 and cut it in half at a 45 degree angle. Take one half of the board and drill into the wall securing it to the studs. Attach the other half of the board to the back of the cabinet. (Be sure to use a level here as your boards will need to be perfectly level and the height per-determined) Finishing us is a piece of cake. All you have to do is fit the cabinet into it’s partnering board on the wall and wa la! You cabinet is not sitting flush on the wall attached to studs. You job is not done however, be sure secure the cabinet to the wall so it’s not dangling waiting on a disaster.
This entire project took me a little over a week. If you don’t have patience or the skills to install your own cabinets, there are tons of good sources out there for you to look at. Click here to get 3 free bids on your next cabinet installation project!.