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Old 02-02-2011, 02:42 AM   #1
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Installing Old Kitchen Cabinets In A New Kitchen Area


Two times in thirty years "friends" have hired me to alter, add too and install old kitchen cabinets into a different kitchen layout. On both occasions we succeeded in installing them in a new area.

One cupboard set was purchased from someone advertising on Craigslist and the other was pieced together from Habitat For Humanity.

All I can say is this type of job is very rewarding when you finish, especially if you are getting paid by the hour.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:54 AM   #2
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i bet....we did a kitchen that way...they wanted new sink base and countertop to match old cabnets

ended up replacing all base cabnets...just too much alterations

but it paid well...some people just have to try their way at least once

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Personally I never like to do work for "friends", it tends to end up badly every time. Someone always expects something for nothing.
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Personally I never like to do work for "friends", it tends to end up badly every time. Someone always expects something for nothing.
Yea isn't there a good saying that goes "never do business with friends or family?"

Glad to know it went well for you though Jordy
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Sometimes we all take work we don't want and can not be proud of. Piecing a bunch of mismatched junk together is not something I want in my portfolio to show anyone.

I sometimes get asked to install a kitchen with a bunch of mismatched cabinets bought from an ad. I kindly explain that every kitchen was bought or built to fit that specific kitchen. Buying random boxes and trying to make them work is like going to Macy's and picking out some nice shirts for the man and some nice dresses for the lady without reading the label to see if they are the correct size to fit our bodies.

Doing this never turns out well.
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Sometimes we all take work we don't want and can not be proud of. Piecing a bunch of mismatched junk together is not something I want in my portfolio to show anyone.

I sometimes get asked to install a kitchen with a bunch of mismatched cabinets bought from an ad. I kindly explain that every kitchen was bought or built to fit that specific kitchen. Buying random boxes and trying to make them work is like going to Macy's and picking out some nice shirts for the man and some nice dresses for the lady without reading the label to see if they are the correct size to fit our bodies.

Doing this never turns out well.
I second that!
Also, the other week I did my last bid on a countertop replacement... they wanted to do the floor, countertop but leave the crappy cabinets to paint. The job never went and I'm glad. I typically don't like reusing stuff. When u leave a job like that, the customer shows the work to their friends and your name is on it so when something is reused(maybe looks out of place) your name is on that too.
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I had a good one on a new home this guy was building for his son. He went to a warehouse sale and bought a bunch of cabinets. He drew me up a nice print of the lay out he wanted. I start looking at his print and he has no range and no refrigerator in his plans. Fortunately it was an open kitchen/dining/living room so I had plenty of room to make his warehouse crap work.
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I just saw Vanilla Ice put together a kitchen with a bunch of cabinets he bought cheap.

It was very V.I.P. according to him.
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I just saw Vanilla Ice put together a kitchen with a bunch of cabinets he bought cheap.

It was very V.I.P. according to him.
Home Depot probably had to open a line of credit for him, since he pissed away all that "Ice, Ice Baby" money. LOL
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I just did my ex wife's kitchen a few weeks ago and we made 99 percent of newer used cabinets work perfectly . Anything is possible

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I just did my ex wife's kitchen a few weeks ago and we made 99 percent of newer used cabinets work perfectly . Anything is possible
If I was working for an ex I think i'd do whatever it took to get the hell out of there.
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If I was working for an ex I think i'd do whatever it took to get the hell out of there.
Took the words right outa my mouth! LOL
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I slapped some used cabinets in my kitchen several years ago. They were out of a renovation I was working on and they were better than what I had, so in they went. Pay no attention to the upper cabinet doors on the sink base. I had to improvise.

Don't mind the girl in the way, it's the only pic I have of the original kitchen on my computer.
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In the last five years we have torn out dozens of kitchens with decent cabinets. I have a nice desk unit with glass door uppers and a corian top with an inlay that I installed in my daughters room. I have a garage with more cabinets than most kitchens, but I have found that kitchen cabinets do not work real well in the garage. It used to be that we had the pick of every kitchen we removed. Many times after the first day, we felt like we robbed the place as we all had a lot of cabinets, fixtures, appliances, etc. Anymore it seems that either a relative or Habitat gets them.
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cabs suck, got more pics of the girle :p
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Getting ready to do exactly this in my parents' home.

Long story short, the kitchen came in and I thought it was a weird color. Called the customer. She ok'd the cabinets. We install all bases. They change their minds. We uninstall all bases. She orders new cabinets. I have an entire kitchen of cabinets to get rid of. Going into Mom's house!
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improvise.

Don't mind the girl in the way, it's the only pic I have of the original kitchen on my computer.
Why would we mind the girl in the way? WoW! And you want us to look at the cabinets !!! Oh well...please accept my compliments of your ummmm kitchen

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