New Cabinets, but maintain countertops?

Old 07-11-05, 01:36 PM
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New Cabinets, but maintain countertops?

We bought a home with gorgeoous granite countertops and a nice ceramic sink in the kitchen, but the cabinets are old and awful and falling apart. Can we put in new cabinets without replacing the countertops? Thanks,
Old 07-11-05, 02:03 PM
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new home 33,

You can but it will take some work. Time to call the countertop people back to remove and then install cabinets as long as we are replacing exactly what is there.

Good Luck!
Old 07-11-05, 06:21 PM
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The granite was probably held in place with a silicone adhesive. I would call a coutertop installer who specializes in granite and have him remove them and maybe even hold them for safe keeping. Reinstall the cabinet (they must be the same size and configuration as the old cabinets to insure that the coutertops wil fit when you refit them.
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Is it possible to maintain countertops and basic structure of cabinets, but refit the interior, including a broken lazy susan?
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Most anything is possible. I'm not sure what all is involved in repairing or replacing a lazy susan but am sure it can be done. Cabinets are refaced all the time so if the frame work of the cabinets are in good shape this would be a less expensive option.
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Interior of cabinets can be refitted with pull out trays and sliding shelves, trash bins, and a variety of interior accessories. Replacement kits are available for lazy susans. You will need to measure the existing shelves and determine if they are completely round or pie shaped. Replacements will have to be the same size and style that you currently have to be compatible with door design. Stop by a local small kitchen dealer who will take the time to sit down with you and show you all your options in catalogs.

I agree that a professional should be hired to come to remove the existing granite countertop. The expense of a new granite top is well worth the small expense of having a professional remove and reinstall the top.

To reuse the existing top, new cabinets will have to stay pretty much within the existing layout, but most definitely within the existing dimensions of the top and placement of sink base and appliances.

Make sure you keep granite sealed with sealer for natural stone. Use only products recommended for cleaning and maintaining natural stone.

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