How to hang a wall cabinet the easy way

How to hang a wall cabinet -- A Pinch of Joy
How to hang a wall cabinet the easy way -- A Pinch of Joy
So happy with the  transformation of my $5 bathroom cabinet!  I think it turned out well and I love, love, love the amount of storage we have now!   The white really pops against the new paint color — Frost, a very light gray with blue tones that goes from lavendar to blue to gray as the light from the Sola Tube in the ceiling changes throughout the day.  Our kitchen cabinets delivered about the time we were ready to hang this.  Geek that I am, I looked through the directions included for hanging wall cabinets.  The directions they gave looked like a great idea!  So Wheels and Bytes opted to try it out.  And the method worked like a charm! 

Nail guide
First Wheels determined where the studs were in the area where the cabinet was to hang.  The old one that we were replacing was light weight and was installed with wallboard inserts.  The new one is much heavier and definitely needed to be installed directly into one or more studs to keep it from pulling off the wall.  Having been stung by false positives in the past, he used a combination of methods — stud finder, magnet, knocking on the wall, searching for nail heads in the dry wall.  Where the methods agreed, he marked the studs on the wall.  Use your best magic :-)

Once you have those measurements, determine where the stud location/s will fall on the back of the cabinet.  Mark the stud location on the inside back of the cabinet with masking tape at every point you want to place a screw.

Determine the height you want to hang the cabinet.  We “discussed” various methods of determining the height, including the typical 17-18 inches between base cabinet and wall cabinet in the kitchen. Finally, I measured the distance between the tank lid and the bottom of the cabinet in the first floor powder room.  Which we also installed.  Who knows how we determined that height?   It was settled when it was demonstrated that one would not bump one’s head when rising from the seat below the cupboard.  You are welcome to use our 20 1/2 inch distance.  Draw a line across the wall at that point.  Place  a sturdy guide board at least 1 inch by 2 inches in size, extending the full width of the cabinet, with its top along the line.  Check to make sure it is level.  Nail into the studs. 

I don’t have a picture of the next step.  Well, I do.  But all it shows is the blurry back of two men.  In a thirty inch alcove there wasn’t much room for photography.  The guys picked up the cabinet and slid it straight onto the guide board.  No jockeying around and no guess work — they knew exactly where it belonged.  Once it was in place, the board held the weight with no stress on the installers and no chance of slipping. 

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Check the level again.  The bottom of the cabinet was not precisely even, so the level is a bit off.  

 Add Shim -- A Pinch of Joy
Holding the cabinet in place on the wall with one hand, Bytes added a shim between the cupboard and the guide board until the level showed that the cupboard was —- level. 

Fasten cabinet- A Pinch of Joy
Wheels stepped up and quickly zapped screws into the studs at the location  marked earlier on the inside back of the cabinet.  Six screws and they were done.  Didn’t even break a sweat!   Bytes gently pried the guide board from the wall, being careful not to mark the wall.   And we had ice cream to celebrate working smart!!! 

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$5 Bathroom Cabinet Transformed

Bathroom Cabinet Transformation -- A Pinch of Joy
Bathroom Cabinet Transformation

The kitchen remodel isn’t the only place we are working in the house.  The whole place is topsy turvy.  When my brother came for a couple of weeks to lend his considerable expertise, we  had him work on the kitchen AND two bathrooms.  He left us with a huge amount of work done and instructions on how to complete the transformation.  We already had the basement redo partially done and one bedroom with new floor and paint.  Two other bedrooms are in various stages of storage and getting ready to paint and install flooring.  The fence man comes in a few days to install a replacement fence . . . . In short we are juggling many projects at once!  While something is drying in one room, we are working in another so we ARE making progress overall.  It is SOOO encouraging to finally complete a project.

Introducing the bathroom cabinet transformation.   This spacious beauty has been setting in the basement for several months awaiting its turn.  It finally came!   And the best part . . . .

$5 Bathroom Cabinet
It only cost $5.  Yes, five dollars!   We went to a church “garage sale”  and found this setting forlornly by itself with a little orange dot on one corner.  $5 the dot proclaimed.  I saw the potential immediately — Wheels took a little persuasion.  Nothing in our house is maple, he said.  And my reply — this won’t be maple either.  When I explained that one this size and this quality with soft close doors would be many times $5, he began to soften.  Then I threw in the notion that I would use leftover paint for zero cost and maybe even gain space by emptying a can.   That sealed the deal.   He just gave me “that look”  and asked if I thought it would fit in the trunk. 

There was no paint on it.   Just maple.  I forgot to take a before picture.  So imagine this slightly dusty, light colored tall cabinet in perfect condition with an orange $5 sticker on the corner and no paint.  All possibility and potential. 

Here it is — primed inside and out.  Primer helps the finish paint “stick” to the old surface.   I cleaned the cabinet surfaces thoroughly with a pre paint cleaner I had on hand to remove grime and any oil that might be present.  I primed it and let it dry overnight. See how big it is — longer than the old card table used for a paint table.  I’m so excited!!!  Over a bathroom cabinet!!!! 

It’s going to replace this little cabinet with its two shelves and country style.   And oak wood.  We have no oak in our house besides this either.   Buh-bye! 

Next week:  The install and finished project! 

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Transition Kitchen

Microwave Center -- Temporary Kitchen
Kitchen in Transition:  Crockpot Central  -- A Pinch of Joy
Cooking is definitely a challenge when your kitchen is a major construction area!   I made a temporary kitchen in the dining room.  Sharing this morning in case you are thinking of ripping out your kitchen for a redo — a dose of reality!!  It will be so worth it all in the long run.   This is Crockpot Central.  I have the lunch crockpot going and am getting ready to load the dinner crockpot.

Work Space
The Work Station is on a corner of the dining table.  I’m making a crockpot peach cobbler.  You won’t be reading that recipe here.  Total fail even though the work crew gamely ate a portion each — they were really hungry, which helped it go down :-)

Coffee and Snack Station
The all important coffee, tea and snack station.  We break about 4ish each afternoon for a sit down snack, because we are usually involved in something that can’t be easily interupted for dinner.  We’ve had everything from ice cream and cookies to apple slices and peanut butter to lunch leftovers and a bag of baby carrots — all at one snack time. 

Microwave Center -- Temporary Kitchen
Microwave central gets a good share of traffic.  The totes hold kitchen utensils and necessities.  I use what is on top instead of being particular about the “right” utensil.  Oh yeah — if you are thinking about doing a kitchen redo, remember to put a hand can opener in the tote you will be working from — not in the basement in the tote at the bottom of a pile–because you will need one sooner or later!   And prepare to do dishes in odd places because there is no kitchen water supply!   Even using paper goods, there WILL be dishes of some sort to wash.

Fancy Lunch
We still took time for a “fancy” lunch to celebrate a birthday.  Note the cutting board placemats — heat shields because hot foods on thin plates need them.   The actual work is coming along well, in spite of some obstacles and puzzles.  I can’t wait to share the results with you! 

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