Tips for installing cabinets {see all of the added storage in our mud room!} from Thrifty Decor Chick

Tips for installing cabinets {see all of the added storage in our mud room!} from Thrifty Decor Chick

Hey there! The
mud/laundry room storage makeover
is underway! I didn’t assume to get commenced ideal absent, but we lucked out when
the contractors we use were available sooner than I planned. 
I can set up foundation cupboards no dilemma, (I use them for crafted ins
all the time) but I leave generating absolutely sure the uppers are supported properly to
the professionals. 

If you keep in mind, I have significant options to make this part of the space operate a great deal
greater for us: 

Folding table hiding cat litter

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I’ve desired to increase cupboards beneath the folding table given that we moved in. All
together I prepared to acquire the same cabinets our builder employed so they would
match the uppers in listed here. I didn’t even look at on the lookout into the huge box
shops to see what they have. 

Very well…the other working day I finally did that and reduced and behold…they experienced cupboards
in inventory that matched ours just about just. The problem was they were being only
out there in white or grey — I was fine with the grey, but I wasn’t sure the
white would match our higher cabinets accurately. 

And I made the decision awhile back again that I want the base cupboards to be a deeper coloration,
not grey. So I seemed into my outdated go-to — the low-cost
unfinished cabinets I use for my bookcase initiatives. I realized I could dress them up to glimpse like our other cabinets with minimal
extra get the job done. 

I desired a TON of storage…so I finished up heading with all drawers. And they are
glorious. These are what I utilized: 

unfinished base drawer cabinets

If I could prepare a kitchen all more than once more, I would do 90 per cent drawers and
rarely any cabinets with doorways down underneath. 

When the contractors explained they could appear by sooner than predicted to cling the
upper cabinets, I hurried to eliminate the existing countertop so they did not have
to function all-around it: 

Folding table no cabinets

They bought them up in no time: 

Two cabinets with space in between

These are the cabinets that ended up in excess of our washer and dryer, but they are only
30 inches extensive and the location down below is 6 feet. I experienced them hung like this so I
can insert some small exhibit shelves in involving. 

Now, onto how to install the base cupboards! I am NOT an expert when it comes
to this, but I’ve acquired a several items above the yrs that are practical. And
all of the cupboards I’ve set up are nevertheless standing, sooooo I’m relatively
assured in my method. ?

Get started by connecting the cabinets with each other very first. All over again, this is effective very best on base cabinets naturally. 🙂 Somebody recommended this
to me and it definitely does go so substantially smoother when you place them collectively first,
then attach to the partitions. 

As you set up, you can expect to have to have to glance at two points — that the cabinets are
degree from side to side and entrance to again as you put them jointly, and that
they match up effectively at the entrance. This is what you want your cupboards to glance
like when connected: 

Installing cabinets flush

You you should not want any major gaps (little kinds can be crammed) and you want them
to be flush. Connecting the cabinets together initially absolutely will help with

I utilized
these cupboard screws
for the to start with time for this set of cabinets, primarily based on a further
Perfect screws for installing cabinets

They worked truly nicely — you might be not supposed to have to predrill your
holes with these, but I did anyway.

They put in and sink properly into the wood so you never see the screw head.
I normally use two to link the cabinets — a single at the major and 1 at the

Tips for installing cabinet drawers

This is the Major thing you will need to know likely in — pretty handful of walls are
truly beautifully straight. And incredibly number of corners are excellent 90 diploma

You can expect to have to have to regulate for all those discrepancies with shims: 

shims installing cabinets

Another tip I come across helpful — incorporate some scrap in in between at the back again of
each cupboard established, so that they are put in the same distance from the
back to the entrance. Or else the front of your cupboards may bow out a

In advance of you link two cupboards, check out for stage and see wherever you require to
incorporate a shim. You can position them less than or driving the cupboards in opposition to the
wall to even matters out. Faucet them in with a hammer right up until you are

level for installing cabinets

You can see that mine was not Correctly stage, and in my practical experience that
small little bit does not issue. **It may well matter extra if you are getting granite
counters installed. 

It can be a course of action of checking for amount, adjusting with shims and screwing
the cupboards together just one by one particular. Then examining to make absolutely sure all of them
are level as you link them. 

At the time they are together and are as flush and degree as you can get them, you
can install them into the partitions. Use a
stud finder
to discover your studs — it truly is helpful for me to mark the place they are on the
For this element,
these screws are awesome
— they have a crafted in “washer” that can make positive the screw is not heading to
go by means of the cabinet back or sides: 

best screws with washer for installing cabinets

I usually place 1 at the prime and base at the again of each and every cabinet and some
on the sides into studs. Sometimes I discover they do not will need bottom screws on
every single single cabinet — if you can shake them all around at all you will require

Just one a lot more idea — examine any drawers as you set up the cabinets to each individual other
and into the wall. They can be a minimal finicky for the reason that they are on slides. If
not mounted adequately, your drawers may possibly capture or not work very well. Open and
shut them as you go. 

When every thing is connected to the walls, you can take out the shims on the
flooring by scoring them with a razor and then snapping them off: 

Using shims to install cabinets

The portion under the cabinet will remain set. 

I know this may audio like a large amount, but as you get heading it’s not that bad. This
is 1 of people Diy initiatives that can be scary, but it won’t consider
prolonged to get the hold of it. 

I placed our countertop back again on until we get the new one: 

Set of drawer base cabinets

I am splurging on two points in this room — a single is the countertop. It is really a
attractive butcher block that I’ve been wanting to use for A long time! I cannot hold out
to present it to you. 

Try to remember when I mentioned most partitions usually are not properly straight? When I taken out
the previous counter I understood how a lot caulk they had to use on the again —
you will find a superior sized gap back again there. Excellent periods! I will have to do the same with
the new 1.  

These are not accomplished still while! I continue to have a record of variations I am going to make to
these unfinished cabinets to make them glance additional customized. I’ll be updating the
conclude of the cabinet
for a prettier look like I showed you listed here. 

I also system to make new drawer fronts that will match our other cabinets a lot
superior. When I requested these I imagined they have been flawlessly flat, but they have
a slight beveled edge so my initial program isn’t likely to do the job: 

upper and lower cabinets mud room

I will share that procedure with you far too. And then of course, paint and very
components. 🙂 

We can eventually use all of the higher cabinets now! Before they have been difficult to
get to for the reason that our washer and dryer adhere out so significantly. 

You know I have already stuffed 50 % of these drawers! I can not feel it’s taken
me so extended to place these in. It is previously solved SO many storage concerns for us!
Adore them. Bear in mind how this spot commonly looked?: 

Messy counter mud room

If you have any other cupboard install ideas, I’m all ears! Experience free to share
in the opinions. 

Here are the merchandise I use for installation: 

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