Kitchen Remodeling - Prepping Your New Kitchen Kitchen Remodeling - Prepping Your New Kitchen

After the demolition phase, there is usually some preparatory work to be done before you can install your new kitchen. If extensive structural, electrical, plumbing, drywall or paneling work is included in your plans, it should take place at this time as well.

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  1. Gouges or holes in the walls must be repaired with wall board compound, spackle, or patching plaster. Stuff larger holes with newspaper or fine wire mesh to hold the compound. If you have gaping holes or many gouges it may be necessary to replace the surface with drywall.
  2. Usually, installing new cabinets will call for some changes in the position of the cabinets, requiring that the walls be painted. If drywall or large patches of filler are being used to prepare the walls, a coat of sealer or primer should be applied before the color coat.
  3. Locate and mark the wall studs on the floor and ceiling as a reference for attaching the new cabinetry.


If you plan to replace your floor, the time to prepare for it is BEFORE installing the cabinets and permanent appliances. Ceramic tile floors are usually placed before the installation of cabinets while vinyl flooring can be laid either before or after the cabinets are in place. If the new floor will go directly on top of the existing one, it is very important to fill any areas that may have dipped, buckled or bulged, as well as any holes or gouges, and nail down protruding boards. Remove glue or paint that may have spilled. Countersink nail and screw heads that are sticking up above the surface. If the old floor is embossed or has dips and/or hollows in it, these should be filled in with cement filler using a 5 to 10-inch wide putty knife.

Water damaged floors must be repaired before laying down a new floor. You will need to remove the existing flooring to expose the damaged subfloor. Damaged portions of sub-flooring must be replaced. Should you find the entire sub floor to be too badly damaged for salvage, it will be best to lay new one. This can be laid directly on top of the existing floor.

The Order of Installation

These instructions are to be used as a guide but you should always follow the specific manufacturer's instructions where there are deviations. Putting the kitchen together should occur in a logical sequence.

  1. Primer and paint
  2. Ceramic tile, vinyl or hardwood flooring*
  3. Wall cabinets
  4. Base cabinets and islands
  5. Cabinet doors, drawers and hardware
  6. Plywood base for tile countertops
  7. Recessed sink
  8. Countertops - wood, marble, tile
  9. Surface mounted sink & fittings
  10. Disposal
  11. Dishwasher
  12. Ice-maker connection
  13. Over the range hood/vent
  14. Cook top
  15. Wall oven and microwave
  16. Vinyl Flooring*
  17. Range
  18. Refrigerator, freezer, trash compactor & icemaker
  19. Lighting fixtures
  20. Finishing touches - trim

*Note: Hardwood flooring and ceramic tile are always laid before cabinets are installed while vinyl flooring can be placed after the cabinetry is in place.

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