New Kitchen Cabinets on Tile Flooring


Old 04-16-18, 08:23 AM
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New Kitchen Cabinets on Tile Flooring

hi all,

i had to replace new kitchen base cabinets because of water damage. the previous flooring was tile on concrete slab.

previous owners tiled around the base cabinets. so now there is bare concrete where the cabinet used to be. unfortunately the floor print of the previous base cabinets is smaller than the floor print of the new base cabinets.

what would be recommended:

1) take a grinder and cut some tile so i can fit the new base cabinet in? i imagine it would be rather dusty.

2) rip some 1/2" thick wood attach with tapcon screws and furr it out? (does wood type matter? i have some scrap cedar fencing wood that is about 1/2" thick). if i do this, then the cabinets and dishwasher would be on the same base level (the area UNDER the dishwasher was tiled).

3) other ideas?


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Old 04-16-18, 08:35 AM
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Normal procedure is to fill the flooring gap with plywood to match the height of the tile.
Old 04-16-18, 09:28 AM
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Is this on the base fronts, sides, or both? If it's only in front you can add plywood to the toekick then add your toekick trim and baseshoe if needed.

Dishwashers often won't fit if your floor is too high. Normally you want to shim the cabinets up if there is going to be tile.
Old 04-16-18, 11:25 AM
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thanks xsleeper and stickshift,

i'm going to use 1/2" plywood and shim up the back and sides. right now the front of the new cabinet sits on the tile while everything else drops down to the concrete floor.

thanks again!
Old 04-16-18, 04:58 PM
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If on a slab, you need to use either composite shims to level your cabinets or pressure treated lumber. You can not use regular dimensional lumber on a slab in direct contact with cement. You can buffer the lumber with metal flashing if that makes it more affordable.
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thanks everyone, i appreciate all the advice!

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